Faculty Resources

Teaching Excellence Award


Eligibility is limited to faculty members who have not received a College of Liberal Arts Teaching or Advising Award in the previous five years and are not current members of the Committee for the Promotion of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


Nominees should demonstrate excellence in at least one of the following areas: (a) classroom teaching, (b) attracting undergraduates to fields represented by the liberal arts, (c) developing effective teaching methods, courses, and supporting materials, and (d) service learning.

Nominations and Selection Process

Nominations may be made by College of Liberal Arts students, faculty, and alumni. More than one individual may be nominated from any department. Letters of recommendation may be sent electronically to the nominator for inclusion in the nomination package. Typically multiple CLA Teaching Awards will be given per year, the number of awards being determined by available funding and the number of worthy candidates.

Nomination Packets

Nomination packets should contain the following materials: (a) a letter of nomination, (b) no more than three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a current or former student of the nominee, (c) the nominee’s curriculum vitae, (d) the nominee’s statement of teaching philosophy, (e) copies of three recent teaching evaluations in full (including numerical data and written commentary from the entire class), and (f) copies of three course syllabi, preferably from the last three years.

Nomimation packets are due by Friday, January 22nd at 4:45pm. They should be submitted as a single PDF using  this Smartsheet link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/65034213d96e4dd9b0def6af5a47e4c3 . Incomplete packets will not be considered.


Recipients of Teaching Excellence Awards will receive a $1,000 check and recognition of their contributions to teaching within the CLA at the annual CLA Awards Ceremony and Reception, which will be held in the spring.

Last Updated: December 03, 2020