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Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in Race & Ethnicity Instruction

The Individual Award for Contributions to Undergraduate Education in Race & Ethnicity Instruction acknowledges the particular challenges, opportunities, and rewards of excellence in this distinctive area of the LSA curriculum. The purpose of this memo is to solicit your nominations for these awards.

Eligibility: All teaching faculty of R&E courses, including lecturers, are eligible for this award.

Evaluation Criteria

Created in 2017, this award recognizes faculty members who are exceptionally dedicated to the educational experiences of undergraduates in courses that serve the LSA R&E degree requirement, 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, 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. Nominations will be reviewed by the LSA Curriculum Committee, which will recommend an award recipient to the LSA Executive Committee. Each successful nominee will be notified in May and will be presented an award of $3500 at the beginning of the following academic year.

Documentation Required

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 four years—that is, please complete the attached table 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, rfw@umich.edu.)
  3. Teaching evaluations for all courses that the nominee taught for the past four 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 (adillard@umich.edu) and Cameron Gibelyou (gibelyou@umich.edu). Please title the PDF file “R&E Individual Contributions, [Nominee Name], [Name of Nominating Department]”.

Table

INSTRUCTOR NAME:

Semester

Course

Enrollment

E&E Q1 Score

E&E Q2 Score

Average

Grade in Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Evaluation Form