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. Below are details about the criteria for the award as well as a description of the supporting materials required for all nominees.


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 or professional practice to improve current practice 


  1. Nomination Cover Sheet
  2. 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)

        For Library Faculty, Description of Professional Excellence - Statement authored by the nominee, emphasizing reflection on professional practice over time. This includes teaching and/or support for teaching (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)
  3. Three letters of support
    • Two letters of support from faculty colleagues
    • One letter of support from a student (current or past)

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

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