Teaching Awards

Contact: Dawn Bratsch-Prince, deprince@iastate.edu

Awards Available:

ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

Purpose: To recognize faculty members for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time.

Eligibility:  

  • Tenured faculty status with a minimum of 5 years of service at ISU prior to current academic year and 10 years of classroom experience in higher education. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

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  • Non-tenure-eligible faculty status (senior lecturers, senior clinicians, adjunct faculty) with a minimum of 5 years of service at ISU prior to current academic year and 10 years of classroom experience in higher education. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

Nature of the awards: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: Varies. One award for tenured faculty and one award for non-tenure-eligible faculty.

Criteria: Documented evidence, including student and peer evaluations, of outstanding classroom teaching performance, supplemented by evidence of instructional contributions outside the classroom.

Special note:  Up to two awardees who show special distinction in undergraduate teaching may be designated as Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teachers.

J. H. Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching

Purpose: To recognize outstanding performance in teaching undergraduate introductory classes (defined as entry-level courses in the discipline).

Eligibility: Tenured faculty with a minimum of 5 years of service at ISU prior to current academic year, who regularly teach an entry-level course. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

Nature of the award: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: One.

Criteria: Documented evidence of the ability to offer high-quality instruction in introductory courses, the ability to excite interest and involve students without compromising scholarship, and the ability to enhance student performance in future courses in the discipline.

ISU Award for Early Achievement in Teaching

Purpose: To recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding teaching performance unusually early in their professional careers.

Eligibility:

  • Tenured or tenure-track faculty who received their Ph.D. (or other appropriate terminal degree) within the past 6 years and have completed a minimum of two academic years of appointment as an ISU faculty member. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony. 

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  • Non-tenure-eligible faculty (lecturers, clinicians, adjunct faculty) who are in their first six years of teaching and have completed a minimum of two academic years of appointment as an ISU faculty member. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

Nature of the award: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: Varies. One award for tenured or tenure-eligible faculty and one award for non-tenure-eligible faculty.

Criteria: Evidence of outstanding performance as a teacher, as documented by students and peers.

Guidelines for Submitting Nominations for University Teaching Awards

The following guidelines are intended to apply to all university teaching awards. They are derived from experience in reviewing nominations in previous years, and are intended to help departments and colleges make their nominations as strong as possible. A faculty member may not be considered for two university level teaching awards in the same year. Faculty who have received a university teaching award in the past five years are not eligible.

  1. Follow Format and Electronic Submission Instructions
  2. Nomination Cover Page: Complete faculty university award nomination cover page [DOC|PDF]
  3. Nomination Statement: (3 pages) Discuss why the nominee is deserving of the award. Indicate the range of teaching responsibilities which have been performed, describe the aspects of the teaching performance which distinguish the nominee, and provide specific evidence of meritorious performance.
  4. Statement by the Nominee: (2 pages) Include a statement of teaching philosophy prepared by the nominee.
  5. Letters: (6 letters maximum) This section should be prefaced with a list of the names and positions of the letter writers and an indication of their relevance to the nomination. Letters should come from current and former students, as well as colleagues. When possible, comments from colleagues should reflect team teaching experiences, observations, or other first hand knowledge of the teaching performance.
  6. Student Evaluation Data: Student evaluation information should be displayed in summary form, including an appropriate range of courses or offerings and reflecting especially the most recent years. Student evaluations should be displayed in the context of college or department norms with a clear explanation of the characteristics being evaluated and the rating scale being used.
  7. Vita: (4 pages) An abbreviated vita which is current and includes all information related to the teaching award.
  8. Optional Appendix: Any additional documentation of pedagogical innovation or scholarship, classroom performance, vita information, letters or testimonials may be added as an appendix. Nominees are not served well in the evaluation process by the submission of a large body of undigested material.

When the file is prepared, nominators must submit their nominations to their college by the college deadline.  When the college is ready to submit their nominations, the college awards coordinator must upload the nominations to the appropriate college folder on CyBox.  If you do not have access to your college's folder on CyBox, please contact Megan Peterson, meganmp@iastate.edu.

Nominations originate in departments and are reviewed by the college before submission to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Award recipients and their nominator, department chair, dean, or supervisor are notified by May 1. Colleges receive feedback on unsuccessful nominations by July 1.

College deadlines

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost deadline is February 10.