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Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Eligibility: All teaching faculty, including lecturers, are eligible for these awards. Nominees cannot have received this award previously.

Evaluation Criteria: This award, formerly known as the Excellence in Education Award, recognizes faculty members who are exceptionally dedicated to the educational experiences of undergraduates, and who demonstrate this dedication through achievements and innovations in their own and others’ classrooms or academic programs. Examples of achievements for which the award should be considered include:
• Excellence in classroom teaching in undergraduate courses, as demonstrated by student evaluations, student testimonials, and (if applicable) faculty peer observations or reviews.
• Outstanding contributions to the undergraduate program through curriculum innovation, creativity in course design, the supervision of student research, or other significant contributions to the quality of the College’s teaching-learning environment.
• Concerted effort to spread teaching innovations and best practices outside the home department and across the College or University.

Calendar for Submission and Evaluation of Nominations: A call for nominations is sent out in mid-January each year, with nominations accepted until mid-to-late February. An advisory committee and the Dean select award recipients, who will be announced in May. Each successful nominee is presented an award of $3500 at the beginning of the following academic year.

Note: To honor specific, individual innovations, the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize may be more appropriate; the Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education recognizes excellence in undergraduate education more generally.

Documentation Required

Departments with fewer than 30 FTE faculty may nominate up to two individuals; departments with 30 or more may nominate up to three. Please include the following for each nominee:
1. Brief supporting statement from Chair, Associate Chair, or Director. Please limit the length of this to no more than one page (single-spaced, standard font and margins).
2. Enrollment and grading data for all courses that the nominee taught for the past two years—that is, please complete the table below for each nominee. Mean grade and enrollment data are available from the LSA Management Information System. (Any questions about access and use of MIS tools should be directed at Rob Wilke,
3. Teaching evaluations for all courses that the nominee taught for the past two years. Please do NOT include student comments, but only the “Instructor Report.” If any student comments are particularly illuminating, we suggest you make reference to them in the Chair/Director’s supporting statement.
4. (Optional) Letters of support from up to two former students of the nominee. Each letter should be limited to no more than one page (single-spaced, standard font and margins). The nominee should be given the option of requesting these letters of support directly from students of his or her choice.
5. (Optional) Up to 5 additional pages of write-ups from faculty peer evaluations / classroom observations of the nominee, or similar supporting documentation.

All submissions should be in electronic form. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Each nomination should be sent as a SINGLE PDF file to Associate Dean Angela Dillard ( and Cameron Gibelyou ( Please title the PDF file “Individual Contributions, [Nominee Name], [Name of Nominating Department]”.


Table from #2:

Semester Course Enrollment E&E Q1 Score E&E Q2 Score Average Grade in Course

Sample Evaluation Form

Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education - Recipients

2015 Carol Tell Sweetland Writing Center
  Gregory Dick Earth and Environmental Science
  Jeremiah Chamberlin English Language and Literature
  Laura Thomas Residential College
  Santiago Colas Comparative Literature and Residential College
2014 Henriette Elvang Physics
  Gina Brandolino Sweetland Writing Center
  Arthur Lupia Political Science
  David Winn Physics
  Ethan Kross Psychology
  Jason Owen-Smith Organizational Studies
  Nicolai Lehnert Chemistry
  Evelyn Alsultany American Culture
2013 Sarah Moss Philosophy
  Arthur Verhoogt Classical Studies
  Paul Barron English & Sweetland
  Farina Mir History
  Yuri Popov Physics
  Nancy Kerner Chemistry
  Bart Bartlett Chemistry
  Patricia Wittkopp EEB and MCDB
2012 Robert Denver Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  Lisa Disch Political Science
  Nesha Haniff DAAS
  Laura MacLatchy Anthropology
  Richard Meisler American Culture
  Mark Newman Physics
  Christopher Peterson Psychology
  John Wolfe Chemistry
2011 Douglas Trevor English
  Mary Gallagher Political Science
  Dominique Butler-Borruat Residential College
  Masato Koreeda Chemistry
  Fran Zorn Comprehensive Studies Program
  Anne McNeil Chemistry
  Ram Mahalingam Psychology
  Fernando Carreon Math
2010 Aric Knuth English
  Terri Sarris Screen Arts & Cultures
  Mark Hunter Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  Raymond McDaniel Sweetland Writing Center
  Melanie Sanford Chemistry
  Irina Arakelian Mathematics
  Kerby Shedden Statistics
2009 Hashim M. Al-Hashimi Chemistry
  Netta Berlin Classical Studies
  Sarah Burgard Sociology
  H. Don Cameron Classical Studies
  Frederick Peters Residential College
  Robin Queen Linguistics
  Andrew Tomasch Physics
2008 Brian Coppola Chemistry
  Kendrick M. Kelley Sweetland Writing Center
  Julian A. Levinson English Language & Literature
  Edward C. Chang Psychology
  Carl Akerlof Physics
  Maria Rodriquez Residential College
  Diarmaid O’Foighil Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  James Joyce Philosophy
  Maria Rodriguez Residential College
2007 Derek Collins Classical Studies
  Brad Bushman Communication Studies
  Joshua Miller English Language & Literature
  Gavin LaRose Mathematics
  Ian Proops Philosophy
  Sa-Lin Bernstein Physics
  Citirad Uher Physics
  Andrew Noverr Romance Languages & Literatures
2006 Ruth Behar Anthropology
  Robyn Burnham Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  Brian Porter History
  Jean Krisch Physics
  Margaret Shih Psychology
  Shelly Schreier Psychology
  Lisa Kane Low Women’s Studies Program
2005 Roseanne Sension Chemistry
  Brenda Imber English Language Institute
  Eileen Pollack English Language & Literature
  James Cook History
  Laura Kohn-Wood Psychology
  Gregory Markus Center for Political Studies
  Barry Rabe Program in the Environment
  Terry Wilfong Near Eastern Studies
2004 Andrew Shryock Anthropology
  Philip Myers Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  Rebecca Lange Geological Sciences
  Juan Cole History
  Kristen Moore Mathematics
  David Gerdes Physics
  Mark Mizruchi Sociology
2003 Holly Peters-Golden Anthropology
  Janet Gerson Economics
  Kyger Lohmann Geological Sciences
  Paolo Squatriti History
  Jacqueline Francis History & Art
  Karen Rhea Mathematics
  James Joyce Philosophy
  Maria Rodriguez Residential College