Teaching Award Nomination Guidelines


Nomination Process

1. Nominations are submitted by Deans Offices to the Pew FTLC (pewftlc@gvsu.edu) by November 1 at 5 p.m. While each college sets its own internal process and deadline for the initial review, the Pew FTLC encourages college committees to uphold the ideals of inclusive excellence throughout the nomination process. Contact your Dean’s Office to inquire about internal deadlines for nominations and materials to be submitted to the college Dean’s Office for review.

2. Each college may nominate one faculty member to be considered for each Teaching Excellence Award (exceptions: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which selects up to seven and Seidman College of Business, which selects up to two).

3. The Pew Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017-18 are listed below. The criteria for each award can be found on the webpages and nomination cover sheets for each award.

4. For the Pew Teaching Excellence Awards, supporting materials to be submitted with the award nomination cover sheet include:

  • Three artifacts
    • Description of Teaching Excellence
      Statement authored by the nominee, emphasizing pedagogy and reflection on teaching experiences over time (1-2 pages in length)
       
    • Sample teaching material
      Carefully selected item that best represents teaching excellence. Examples include: syllabus, assignment, project guidelines, teaching tool, self-authored learning object
       
    • Evidence of impact on student learning
      A single item demonstrating impact on student learning. Examples include: student evaluations from a course, peer observation report, or student project sample (shared with permission)
  • Three letters of support
    • Two letters of support from faculty colleagues
    • One letter of support from a student             

5. For the University Outstanding Teacher Award, the award description and criteria can be found on the award webpage and nomination cover sheet. The supporting materials to be submitted with the award nomination cover sheet include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reflective statement addressing the following areas: a description of the nominee’s teaching philosophy and a reflection on teaching experiences over time (up to two pages)
  • Two syllabi, from different courses
  • Two assignments
  • Two examinations or other final assessment in a course
  • Student evaluations from all courses taught in the previous two years, arranged by semester
  • Two letters of support from faculty colleagues who have knowledge of the nominee’s ability as a teacher and who are not committee members. The letters should address the criteria for the award
  • Two letters of support from students, at least one of whom is currently enrolled and at least one of whom is an alumnus/a. The letters should address the criteria for the award

6. No additional materials beyond the items above will be accepted.

7. For information regarding the criteria and supporting material guidelines for the Pew Excellence Award for Library Faculty, please consult the individual award webpage. This award will next be given in the 2019-2020 academic year.

8. Nominations are submitted electronically – there is no longer a need to submit a paper copy of nominations. In the event that a supporting item is not readily submitted via email, it can be brought to the Pew FTLC office (068 Zumberge Hall) to be made available to the members of the teaching awards review committee.

9. Each year, up to seven Pew Teaching Excellence Awards, two Teaching with Technology Awards, and one of each of the other awards will be given. Teaching Excellence Award recipients receive $500. The University Outstanding Teaching Award recipient receives $1000.

10. Brad Ambrose from Mathematics has graciously agreed to grant access to his University Outstanding Teacher Award packet for those interested in seeing a sample set of nomination materials. A GVSU login is required in order to view this file.  


Faculty Eligibility

1. All full-time faculty who have taught at GVSU for a minimum of six semesters are eligible for the Pew Teaching Excellence Awards. The semesters do not need to have been contiguous.

2. Only full-time tenured faculty are eligible for the University Outstanding Teacher Award.

3. There are two awards in Pew Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty category, with different eligibility and frequency as follows:

  • Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty
    • Part-time adjunct faculty who have taught at GVSU a minimum of six semesters are eligible
    • Full-time employees of Grand Valley are not eligible
    • This is an annual award
  • Pew Teaching Excellence Award for AP Status Part-time Faculty
    • Full-time Administrative Professional (AP) employees of Grand Valley who are also part-time faculty and have taught at GVSU a minimum of six semesters are eligible
    • This is a biannual award and will next be given in the 2017-2018 academic year

4. A faculty member may not be nominated for any other teaching award during the year that they are nominated for an award.

5. A faculty member may not receive the same award more than once every ten years.


Award Selection

1. Recipients are selected by the Teaching Excellence Awards Sub-committee of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (FTLCAC). The Sub-committee – convened by a member of the Pew FTLC staff – comprises five faculty from the FTLCAC (two from CLAS, two from the other colleges on a rotating basis, and one graduate faculty member), one student, and the Information Technology representative to FTLCAC (ex officio).

2. Final selection of the recipient of the University Outstanding Teacher Award is made by the Provost. The recipient is recommended to the Provost by the Teaching Excellence Awards Sub-Committee.

3. Members of the Teaching Excellence Awards Sub-committee may not nominate or support candidates for any teaching award. If nominated for an award, any Sub-committee member must recuse him or herself from the selection process.

4. The Sub-committee will forward the names of award recipients to the Pew FTLC who then shares the information with the Provost and relevant Dean by December 15. The Pew FTLC will inform the recipient of his or her selection and also will inform nominees who are not selected. For the University Outstanding Teacher Award, the Provost will inform the recipient of his or her selection and the Pew FTLC will inform nominees who are not selected. The awards are presented at the Faculty Awards Convocation.


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