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.
This category recognizes tenured faculty. To be eligible, nominees must:
Note: Tenured award recipients within the prior five years and current members of the University Teaching Committee (UTC) are ineligible.
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:
Note: Non-tenured award recipients within the prior five years and current members of the University Teaching Committee (UTC) are ineligible.
This category recognizes pre-tenure professors who have shown considerable promise in teaching early in their academic careers. To be eligible, nominees must:
Note: Prior TIA recipients and current members of the University Teaching Committee are ineligible.
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:
To be eligible, nominees must: