Date: September 1, 2015
To: Academic Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and Faculty
From: Edward Finegan, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Professor of Linguistics and Law
Subject: Call for Nominations: Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching (revised from the Call for Nominations dated July 17, 2015)

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 2016.

The award recognizes the 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.

Eligibility for the Associates Award includes all faculty with at least six years of teaching service at USC. Nominations by a department, school, or fellow faculty member are invited (self-nominations are not accepted).

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

The nomination deadline is October 30, 2015. Nominations and supplementary materials cannot be accepted after the deadline. Nominations are for a single year’s cycle only.

Please send a single pdf of all nomination materials to

If you have questions, please inquire of Dana Coyle at