Definition of Excellent Teaching

For promotion to full professor, a faculty member must consistently demonstrate at least effective teaching on annual reviews. In addition, the faculty member must have engaged in several meritorious activities and accomplishments that extended beyond normal teaching duties and performance during the previous six years. A college or unit can be more specific about how much or what type of activity it requires (Regular Faculty Handbook, SG 3.01.D).

Examples of Excellent Teaching include, but are not limited to:

  • Successful implementation of innovative teaching strategies designed to promote intellectual or creative achievement
  • Successful development or major revision of courses and curricula in response to changes within a discipline and/or the better education of students.
  • Receipt of peer-reviewed awards or recognition for excellence in teaching
  • Refereed presentation on teaching at a seminar, workshop, or conference at the regional, national, or international level
  • Supervising student research projects or creative works beyond expected course load and duties
  • Supervising a team of students competing for an award
  • Mentoring students who present their research or creative work at a regional, national, or international level
  • Documented, in-depth, one-on-one mentoring of graduate students
  • Documented pattern of mentoring GVSU undergraduates to seek advanced degrees
  • Acquisition, development, and departmental sharing of significant new teaching materials.