Faculty Teaching Award Nominations

We sponsor three awards recognizing excellence in teaching by SBS faculty. Each recipient receives a $2,000 award, and winners are invited to attend SBS Convocations to be recognized.

Award Categories for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Lower Division Teaching ($2,000)

Recognizes significant instructional achievements by an SBS faculty member in one or more lower division courses (numbered between 100 and 299). Courses taught in the Tier One general education curriculum are counted as lower division for this award.
 

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Upper Division Teaching ($2,000)

Recognizes significant instructional achievements by an SBS faculty member in one or more upper division courses (numbered between 300 and 499).

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching ($2,000)

Recognizes significant instructional achievements by an SBS faculty member in one or more graduate-level courses (numbered between 500 and above).  

The Nomination Process

Eligible individuals include teachers whose home department is in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and who are tenured or tenure-track faculty, continuing status or continuing eligible, or Career Track faculty (any title) who have a position of at least three years with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Nominees must have taught at least one course in the category for which they are nominated during the same academic year in which the award is made (either Fall 2018 or Spring 2019).   

Nominations may be made by the unit head, any faculty member, or a faculty committee from within the nominee’s unit. However, please note that individuals may only be nominated for one of the three awards per year, and may not win the same award two years in a row.

For the 2018-2019 awards, nomination packet must be received by the Dean’s Office no later than midnight, March 25, 2019 (including the nominees syllabii).

The packets must include:

  1. No more than two letters of nomination from individuals familiar with the nominee’s qualifications for the appropriate level of instruction.  At least one letter shall come from a member of the faculty, while the other may be written by a student or faculty member. The letters should clearly state for which award the person is being nominated.  They should contain evidence of the nominee’s unusually significant and meritorious achievements in teaching, clearly showing how such achievements are at a level above that normally expected of all instructors.  Such evidence may include, but is not limited to, efforts to engage students in high-impact teaching practices,  measures taken to ensure the quality of student learning experiences; possession of high scholarly standards for both rigor and currency of course content; contributions that have energized and enhanced teaching; and innovative approaches to pedagogy or course design.                                                                                                                  
  1. Syllabi from each course, in the category of the nomination, taught during the Fall and Spring of 2018-2019 (i.e., submit only syllabi from lower-division classes when nominated for the lower-division teaching award).

Questions?

For more information, please contact Isabel Contreras at imc@email.arizona.edu or via phone to 520-621-8402.