NOMINATING PROCEDURES FOR FACULTY DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS
Note: It is essential that the established procedures be followed and page limits respected.
The Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee invites nominations of faculty members for a distinguished teaching award. Nominators should coordinate their nominations with the chair of the nominee’s department. No more than one nominee per department will be accepted, except in the case of an additional department nomination specifically for the Van Hise Outreach Award or the Community-Based Learning Award.
Nominations are accepted for faculty with the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, associate professor, or professor who have completed at least three years at UW–Madison (as of the nomination deadline). The nominee must have been an instructor of record for UW–Madison at least six times (not including mentored research or independent study courses) or, for the Van Hise Outreach Award, must have three years of substantive outreach experience. For the Community-Based Learning Teaching Award, nominees must teach or have previously taught a Community-Based Learning course as designated through the Morgridge Center: https://morgridge.wisc.edu/faculty-and-staff-get-connected/community-based-learning/. Previous recipients are not eligible (except for a UW System award – see below).
Every year, the Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee receives nominations of numerous, excellent faculty members for a limited number of awards. The nomination materials should showcase an extraordinary impact on or engagement with students (undergraduate, graduate or professional). While there is no single criterion that determines awardees, outstanding applications often show evidence of inventive ways of teaching, interesting course elements, and other examples above and beyond the expected standard for good teachers.
The Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee encourages nominating units to use a clear, inclusive selection process that seeks to identify nominees who excel at teaching, and to think carefully about potential sources of bias in considering what kinds of qualities are important in a nominee.
Nominations for UW System Awards should be identified on the nomination cover page. Nominees for the individual award must be previous recipients of a UW–Madison distinguished teaching award.
Please note that the Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee may appoint a nominee to any award for which it deems the nominee eligible. If the nominating unit would like to aim for a specific award (optional), please ensure the nomination speaks to that award purpose.
- Nomination cover page.
- An abbreviated (five pages maximum) curriculum vitae of the nominee. Limit to twenty the number of publications listed, including those related to teaching. For the UW System department/program award, submit a fact sheet (two pages maximum) in place of a curriculum vitae, describing the unit with details such as degrees offered, faculty and academic staff short bios, statistics of students (for example, evidence of recruiting, retaining, graduating, and/or supporting students after graduation with employment, graduate school, etc.).
- A one or two-page reflective statement by the nominee on their teaching and learning philosophy, practices, and objectives and how these have evolved over time. This could include documentation of and reflection on teaching-related training, approaches to assessment, development as a teacher, and the creation of an inclusive and equitable classroom climate. For the UW System department/program award, this statement should describe department-level teaching innovations.
- Letters of support. Letter writers should describe specific examples:
- A letter from the department chair (two pages maximum) supporting the nomination and stressing the nominee’s contributions to teaching. If the chair of a department is nominated, please provide a letter from the associate chair or from an appropriate departmental representative. The best letters will include:
- A discussion of how the nominee has made a particularly noteworthy impact in teaching by clearly identifying the qualities that make the nominee extraordinary.
- Examples of successful teaching practices. This should include concrete examples of the nominee’s strengths as an educator. Examples should give the committee a clear idea of the kinds of classroom experiences the nominee encourages and creates.
- Any relevant information about how to evaluate/assess teaching in the nominee’s department or school. Given that there are different disciplinary traditions, what does excellence in teaching look like in the nominee’s particular field?
- Any service as it relates to teaching (e.g., TA training, peer mentoring).
- Any research as it relates to teaching.
- Two supporting letters from present or past students that speak to the impact of the instructor’s teaching. At least one of these letters should be from a student who has not been employed or mentored in independent research by the nominee. The best letters will include concrete examples of teaching practices and learning experiences. For the UW System awards, only one letter is needed. For the department/program award, the letter should focus on unit-level instruction and/or innovations.
- Two supporting letters from colleagues (other than students) who are qualified and specifically asked to comment on the quality and nature of the nominee’s teaching. The best letters will include concrete examples of teaching practices. For the UW System awards, only one letter is needed. For the department/program award, the letter should be from a colleague external to the department/program.
- For the Community-Based Learning Teaching Award ONLY, one supporting letter from a community partner that speaks to the community-engaged practices of the nominee.
- Evidence of the success of the candidate’s teaching and their commitment to continuous improvement (no more than ten pages), including:
- A list of contributions and achievements of the nominee that indicates dedication to and excellence in teaching (e.g., activities related to extracurricular student programs, mentoring, local or national teaching awards, grants received for teaching improvement programs). Publications related to teaching (e.g., textbooks, digital materials, published works pertinent to teaching) may also be mentioned here. Do not submit the actual items (books, etc.) with the nomination.
- Course materials. These should include materials that speak to the nominee’s excellence in teaching. This could include syllabi, sample summative assessment tools (e.g., a final paper assignment, including any scaffolded assignments leading up to it; a midterm or final exam), formative assessment tools, and/or any other teaching materials that might offer evidence of excellence in teaching.
- A summary of student evaluations of teaching, including two separate components: (1) a representative selection of student comments (if available) and (2) a summary of student evaluation numerical data (where applicable). Please include data from at least TWO courses and limit the selected comments to two pages. The evaluations should have been made within the past two years where possible, but you may include additional years if there is insufficient data from the past two.
- The most helpful student comments will speak to the substance of the course, offering concrete examples of the students’ experiences and explaining why they liked a course.
- Raw data should not accompany the numerical summary; however, the summary should include specific evaluation questions asked.
- The committee understands that there can sometimes be bias in numerical data and will incorporate that understanding into their nomination review.
- IMPORTANT: For the UW System department/program award, please consult the UW System award selection criteria.
The deadline for the receipt of completed nominations is November 15, 2023. The committee will not accept nominations after that date and will only consider nominations that follow the above guidelines.
Please send the nomination as a single PDF file to the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty at email@example.com. If the nomination is a re-submittal, please update the student teaching evaluations with the most recent information and consider new or updated letters from students and colleagues.