Outstanding Teacher Award

Criteria

Candidates will be judged to be outstanding in the teaching component of their scholarly endeavors. Specific requirements are that the candidates:

  1. Be full-time faculty members of UCCS with a rank of Assistant Professor or above
  2. Be in at least their third year of teaching at UCCS
  3. Have not received this award previously

Nomination

Anyone may nominate the candidate; self-nominations are accepted. Supporting materials must include:

  1. A letter of nomination that briefly describes the nominee's teaching excellence
  2. A narrative (double-spaced, 1000-word maximum) describing the nominee's teaching philosophy, written by the nominee
  3. A maximum of five letters of recommendation (These can be solicited from students, faculty or administrators and should demonstrate a knowledge of the nominee's qualifications for the award.)
  4. The nominee's curriculum vitae
  5. The original Faculty Course Questionnaires, both response sheets and summaries, for all courses taught during the last three academic years

While this award emphasizes excellence in teaching, the committee recognizes that all faculty are expected to perform meritoriously in the areas of research, creative works, and service as well. Those components need not be addressed in the letters or narrative, but should be discernable in the curriculum vitae.

Additional supporting documentation is welcome, but should be relevant and be kept brief.

Supporting materials should be assembled as a package and delivered to David Anderson, Chair, Campus Awards Committee, CENT 241. (See also Tips for Preparing Award Nominations.)

Nomination Deadline

TBA

Award

The winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award will receive a custom-made freestanding sculptured award and $4,000, which consists of a cash award of $3,000 (less taxes) to the recipient, and a $1,000 scholarship established in the recipient's name. The award will be presented at the Campus Awards Ceremony in May.

Funding

Funding for the Outstanding Teacher Award is provided by the University Club, whose purpose is to foster mutual understanding and support between the University and the business and professional communities of the Pikes Peak Region. Its membership includes 90 corporations with 134 corporate members, Deans and Directors of the University, and the CU Foundation.

Questions? Contact: David Anderson, Chair of the Faculty Awards Committee