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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: Nominations accepted until mid-to-late February. Nominations will be reviewed by the LSA Curriculum Committee, which will recommend award recipients 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.