At CTLT, we operate under the assertion that good teachers are not born, they are made. They emerge from sustained work at developing, refining and updating teaching skills and knowledge. We also believe that all of us can be better teachers if we make it a priority in our professional work.
The “Path to Excellence” awards were created in 2007 to recognize departments whose faculty have collectively demonstrated exemplary levels of commitment to their ongoing professional development during a specific calendar year. Annual winners are the three departments with the three highest averages of faculty participation in professional development activities during the prior calendar year. Averages are calculated from CTLT’s participation database of professional development hours and on departmental FTE combining tenure-line faculty, non-tenure track instructors, and administrative professionals.
Awards are announced each year at the annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, which is held the Wednesday in January before the week that Spring semester courses begin.
The award is accompanied by a stipend to the department intended to support ongoing teaching development activities within the department. The department with the highest average receives $3,000, the department with the second highest average receives $2,000, and the department with the third highest average receives $1,000.
Note: Each list also includes the complete departmental totals for that year