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The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts holds the excellence of our undergraduate teaching in high regard. To recognize outstanding teaching faculty, the LSA Dean designates a number of Individual Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
Eligibility: All teaching faculty, including lecturers, are eligible for these awards. Nominees cannot have received this award previously, and must not be current members of the LSA Curriculum Committee. For a list of award recipients, please see below.
Evaluation Criteria: This 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.
- Demonstrated effort to make the classroom an engaging and inclusive environment for diverse groups of undergraduates.
- Demonstrated 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 $3,500 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.
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. Completed Nomination Form from Chair, Associate Chair, or Director. Alternatively, a one-page letter that addresses the same questions as the Nomination Form may be submitted.
2. Enrollment and grading data for all courses that the nominee taught for the past four 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, email@example.com.)
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 Assistant Dean Dorine Lawrence-Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cameron Gibelyou (email@example.com). 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|
Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education - Recipients
|Cristhian Espinoza-Pino||Residential College|
|George Hoffman||Romance Languages and Literatures|
|Christine Modey||Sweetland Center for Writing|
|2019||Katri Ervamaa||Residential College|
|Miranda Brown||Asian Languages and Cultures|
|Victor Mendoza||Women's Studies, English Language and Literature|
|2018||Cynthia Giffen||Comprehensive Studies/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
|Alexandra Murphy||Sociology/Public Policy|
|Ruby Tapia||English/Women’s Studies|
|2017||Dawn Hollison||Screen Arts and Cultures|
|Brandi Hughes||American Culture/History|
|Dana Nichols||English Language and Literature/Sweetland Writing Center|
|Kerri Pratt||Chemistry/Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|2016||Jill Halpern||Comprehensive Studies|
|Josepha Kurdziel||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
|Sara Soderstrom||Organizational Studies|
|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/Residential College|
|Gina Brandolino||Sweetland Writing Center|
|Arthur Lupia||Political Science|
|Jason Owen-Smith||Organizational Studies|
|Evelyn Alsultany||American Culture|
|Arthur Verhoogt||Classical Studies|
|Patricia Wittkopp||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology|
|2012||Robert Denver||Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology|
|Lisa Disch||Political Science|
|Nesha Haniff||Afroamerican and African Studies|
|Richard Meisler||American Culture|
|2011||Douglas Trevor||English Language and Literature|
|Mary Gallagher||Political Science|
|Dominique Butler-Borruat||Residential College|
|Fran Zorn||Comprehensive Studies Program|
|2010||Aric Knuth||English Language and Literature|
|Terri Sarris||Screen Arts and Cultures|
|Mark Hunter||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
|Raymond McDaniel||Sweetland Writing Center|
|2009||Hashim M. Al-Hashimi||Chemistry|
|Netta Berlin||Classical Studies|
|H. Don Cameron||Classical Studies|
|Frederick Peters||Residential College|
|Kendrick M. Kelley||Sweetland Writing Center|
|Julian A. Levinson||English Language and Literature|
|Edward C. Chang||Psychology|
|Maria Rodriguez||Residential College|
|Diarmaid O’Foighil||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
|2007||Derek Collins||Classical Studies|
|Brad Bushman||Communication Studies|
|Joshua Miller||English Language and Literature|
|Andrew Noverr||Romance Languages and Literature|
|Robyn Burnham||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
|Lisa Kane Low||Women’s Studies|
|Brenda Imber||English Language Institute|
|Eileen Pollack||English Language and Literature|
|Gregory Markus||Center for Political Studies|
|Barry Rabe||Program in the Environment|
|Terry Wilfong||Near Eastern Studies|
|Philip Myers||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
|Rebecca Lange||Geological Sciences|
|Kyger Lohmann||Geological Sciences|
|Maria Rodriguez||Residential College|