To: Academic Deans, Directors, Department Chairs and Faculty
From: Professor Edward Finegan; Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching
Date: May 14, 2014
Subject: 2015 Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching:

Call For Nominations

The Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching is the highest honor the university faculty bestows on its members for outstanding teaching, both in and out of the classroom. To emphasize the University's recognition of the significant role that teaching plays in its mission, up to two awards of $3,500 will be presented at the Academic Honors Convocation in April 2015.

The award recognizes the career achievements of outstanding faculty members with a proven track record as exceptional teachers who have exercised a positive, inspiring, and long-lasting effect on students’ learning, along with exceptional or pioneering contributions to excellence in teaching. Nominees should have spent a significant period of time at USC.

Eligibility for the Associates Award includes full-time tenured faculty and full-time non-tenure track faculty with at least six years of service at USC. Nomination applications remain active for three years, and a department or school may nominate a faculty member for the award each year. In addition, individuals who meet the selection criteria may nominate themselves.

Additional information on the Associates Awards for Excellence in Teaching, including dossier requirements, can be found at:

The nomination deadline is October 31, 2014. Nominees with active dossiers are urged to review and update their documentation each year, as necessary. Archived dossiers can be accessed by contacting Dana Coyle at

Please send a pdf of all nomination materials to

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Coyle at