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University Teaching Committee Outstanding University Teacher Award Program

Overview (revised March 2013)

Every year, ISU recognizes its most outstanding teachers through the Outstanding University Teacher Award program. By honoring such individuals, the university demonstrates its commitment to teaching excellence and to student learning.

The University Teaching Committee, an advisory body to the Provost comprised of former teaching award winners and other campus representatives, is responsible for administering the program, evaluating nominees, and selecting award winners.

This awards program embraces the view that the best teachers likely have a talent for teaching, but in addition have methodically and consistently worked over time to enhance their teaching knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The guidelines for nominations and for portfolio preparation reflect the UTC’s consensus on the importance of “mindful teaching,” which encompasses persistent, focused, and purposeful dedication to striving for excellence over time. This includes: learning about and applying effective instructional practices across a wide range of teaching activities, evaluating the effectiveness of those practices, and reflecting on personal values and professional experiences to shape future teaching practices.

The program encompasses four award categories.

Outstanding University Teacher Award (Category 1)

This category recognizes tenured faculty. (Non-tenured faculty are no longer eligible.) To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Be full-time, tenured faculty with at least three years of service at Illinois State University.
  • Receive an outstanding teacher award from an academic college or Milner Library.
  • Receive support for their candidacy from both department chair/school director and college dean. (Support from the chair/school director should include both a completed nomination form and a letter of support. Support from the dean should include only a signed nomination form.)

Note: Category 1 recipients within the prior five years and current members of the University Teaching Committee (UTC) are ineligible.

Outstanding University Teacher Award (Category 2)

This category recognizes full- or part-time teachers with non-tenure track appointments and administrative professionals and civil service employees with university credit-generating teaching responsibilities. To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Be full- or part-time teachers with non-tenure track appointments (i.e., not on a tenure track); or administrative professionals with credit-generating teaching responsibilities; or civil service employees with credit-generating teaching responsibilities.
  • Have completed at least four semesters of university credit-generating teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University under one of the eligible appointments above.
  • Receive support for their candidacy from both department chair/school director and college dean. (Support from the chair/school director should include both a completed nomination form and a letter of support. Support from the dean should include only a signed nomination form.)

Note: Category 2 recipients within the prior five years and current members of the University Teaching Committee (UTC) are ineligible.

Teaching Initiative Award

This category recognizes pre-tenure professors who have shown considerable promise in teaching early in their academic careers. To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have served at least two years as full-time, tenure-track faculty at Illinois State University, but not more than five years of full-time, tenure track university-level teaching experience at Illinois State University and elsewhere, combined, at the time of their nomination.
  • Receive support for their candidacy from both department chair/school director and college dean. (Support from the chair/school director should include both a completed nomination form and a letter of support. Support from the dean should include only a signed nomination form.)

Note: Prior TIA recipients and current members of the University Teaching Committee are ineligible.

Outstanding University Graduate Student Teaching Awards

This category recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching made by graduate students as part of their program and educational experience at Illinois State University. Awards are offered at three levels:

  • Level I Doctorate-Assistants with sole responsibility for instruction in a course.
  • Level I Masters-Assistants with sole responsibility for instruction in a course.
  • Level II Masters or Doctorate-Assistants directing labs or discussion groups associated with a course taught by a faculty member or who have significant responsibilities team or co-teaching a course.

To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Be graduate teaching assistants currently holding at least a .25 FTE appointment (6-10 hours per week) in one of the award categories (see above), or have held such an appointment for at least one full term (fall, spring, or summer) for the academic year for which they are nominated.
  • Receive support for their candidacy from both department chair/school director and college dean. (Support from the chair/school director should include both a completed nomination form and a letter of support. Support from the dean should include only a signed nomination form.)

ANNUAL TIMETABLE

  • Mid-March – Program information and guidelines are posted to the University Teaching Committee web site and memos outlining the time frame and any changes in the process are distributed to Chairs, Deans, and others by the University Teaching Committee.
  • Last Tuesday of April – Names of nominees are due from departments to the Chair of the University Teaching Committee (cclamon@illinoisState.edu or Claire Lamonica, 6370 Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology). Departments should inform nominees of their nomination.
  • Summer – The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology provides nominees with portfolio development support through workshops and individualized consultation. (NOTE: Attendance is strongly advised, but not mandatory.) See CTLT summer programming for details (ctlt.illinoisState.edu).
  • First Tuesday of September – Completed teaching portfolios are due from all nominees to their chairs, directors, or designees.
  • Third Tuesday of September – Teaching portfolios, including chair’s/director’s letter as described in portfolio preparation guidelines, are due from departments/schools to the deans of their respective colleges. Each portfolio must be accompanied by a nomination form signed by the chair/school director.
  • Third Tuesday of October – Teaching portfolios of final college nominees are due from college dean’s offices to the chair of the University Teaching Committee at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Each portfolio must be accompanied by a nomination form signed by the dean. All portfolios must arrive at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology no later than 4:30 pm on the third Tuesday of October. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • December – The University Teaching Committee completes its review and selection process and notifies each nominee individually of the outcome for his or her nomination. Chairs/directors are notified of their department’s/school’s nominees’ outcomes, deans are notified of their college nominees’ outcomes, and the Provost’s Office is notified of all award recipients.
  • Early January – The Wednesday before spring semester begins, award recipients are announced and introduced at the annual Teaching and Learning Symposium.
  • February – Award recipients are formally recognized at the Founders Day Convocation.
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