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The Matthews Underclass Teaching Award honors significant contributions to the teaching of first- and second-year students in Mathematics, History, and Modern Languages, broadly interpreted.
Eligibility: All faculty ranks, including lecturers, are eligible for this award. 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: The Matthews Underclass Teaching Award honors significant contributions to the teaching of first- and second-year students in Mathematics, History and Modern Languages, broadly interpreted. This award recognizes faculty members who are enthusiastically interested in and highly dedicated to undergraduate education. Nominees will be considered on the basis of their outstanding contributions to teaching, the intellectual rigor of their courses, and their ability to inspire a sense of wonder and excitement in their students.
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. The successful nominee will be notified in May and will be presented an award of $1,000 at the beginning of the following academic year.
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 first- and second-year courses that the nominee taught for the past four years—that is, please complete the table below for each nominee. Average grade and enrollment data are available in the Teaching History Report in the LSA Management Reporting System. (Questions about access and questions about the Teaching History Reports, interpreting the data, etc., should be sent to LSATechnologyServices@umich.edu.)
3. Teaching evaluations for all first- and second-year courses that the nominee has 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, who took a class from the nominee while they were in their first or second year. 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) and Cameron Gibelyou (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please title the PDF file “Matthews Award, [Nominee Name], [Name of Nominating Department]”.
Table from #2:
|Semester||Course||Enrollment||E&E Q1 Score||E&E Q2 Score||Average Grade in Course|
Matthews Underclass Teaching Award - Recipients
|2020||Maria Dorantes||Romance Languages and Literatures|
|2019||Mayumi Oka||Asian Languages and Cultures|
||Tatiana Calixto||Romance Languages and Literatures|
|2017||Paulina Alberto||History/Romance Languages and Literatures|
|Farina Mir||History/Center for South Asian Studies|
|2016||Stephen Berrey||American Culture/History|
|2014||Jeremiah Chamberlin||English Language and Literature|
|2009||Olga Lopez-Cotin||Residential College|
|2007||Despina Margomenou||Classical Studies|
|2006||Enid Zimmermann||English Language and Literature|
|2005||Geoffrey Bankowski||English Language and Literature|
|2004||Eileen Pollack||English Language and Literature|
|2003||Ifeoma Nwankwo||English Language and Literature/Afroamerican and African Studies|
|2002||Ray Van Dam||History|
|2001||Hartmut Rastalsky||Germanic Languages and Literatures|
|2000||George H. Cooper||English Language and Literature|
|1999||Barbra S. Morris||Residential College|
|1998||Howard G. Lay||History of Art|
|1997||Merla Wolk||English Language and Literature|
|1996||Edith (Jackie) Livesay||English Language and Literature|
|1995||Traianos Gagos||Classical Studies|
|1994||Kathleen M. Canning||History|
|1993||Cynthia Sowers||Residential College|
|1991||Lillian Beck||English Language and Literature|
|1990||John Rubadeau||English Language and Literature|
|1989||Patricia O'Dowd Ezekiel||English Language and Literature|
|1988||Helene Neu||Romance Languages and Cultures|
|1987||William Holinger||English Language and Literature|
|1985||Richard Meisler||English Language and Literature|
|1984||Sylvie Carduner||Residential College|
|1982||Ejner Jensen||English Language and Literature|
|1980||Hilda Ruey Tao||Asian Languages and Cultures|