Pew Teaching Excellence Award

The Pew Teaching Excellence Awards offer GVSU faculty an opportunity to celebrate the work of their peers as teachers who inspire our students across the disciplines.


This award is based on the following criteria, which are not ranked by order of importance, nor exclusive:

  • Uses multiple approaches in classroom/laboratory instruction and evaluation
  • Stimulates intellectual curiosity in students
  • Shows evidence of being current in field/discipline
  • Demonstrates commitment to student learning as instructor, role model, or positive influence on career development of students
  • Reflects on past teaching experience to improve current practice 


  • Nomination Cover Sheet
  • 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

      Please note: no additional materials beyond these items will be accepted.

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