Purpose of the Award
excellence awards serve the following
signal the University's commitment to
excellence in teaching.
reward faculty excellence in teaching.
thereby promote excellence in teaching
among other faculty.
Number of Awards
to four awards may be given in any one
year for excellence in teaching by faculty
and up to two awards for excellence in
teaching by graduate students. The committee
does not give the maximum number of awards
unless there are enough truly excellent
candidates to justify such action that
Faculty each receive $5,000, and their
portraits hang in Morris Library for
five years. Funds for the teaching awards
for faculty come from the Offices of the
President and Provost.
A brick inscribed with the recipient's name is also placed
in Mentor's Circle.
students each receive $1,500. Funds
for the teaching awards for graduate
students come from the Offices of the
President and Provost.
Criteria of Excellence
Please nominate individuals
who demonstrate the following qualities:
Intellectually demanding and
thought-provoking and intellectually
course material to other fields, contemporary
issues, student experiences
committed to teaching and students
enthusiastic about teaching
conscientious, organized, and well-prepared
concerned about individual students
and their development
readily available to students
Communication with students and relaying of course content
clear expectations, relevant assignments,
and ample feedback
material clearly, asks good questions,
and adjusts strategies as necessary
to facilitate understanding
students and stimulates participation
open-minded, fair, and respectful of
differences among students
positive and lasting impact on students
students to excel
critical reading, thinking, and writing
more learning than in other courses
students educational and career
goals and achievements
Rules of Eligibility for the Award
nominated must be a full-time UD faculty
member or a currently enrolled full-time graduate
student who has full responsibility
for teaching a course or laboratory
section. ("Faculty" refers to having either a primary
or secondary appointment as an instructor, assistant professor,
associate professor, or full professor.) The nominee may teach either
undergraduate or graduate students,
has not won this award in the last ten
nominee himself/herself has NOT solicited
this nomination in any manner.
nomination of this particular person
is entirely voluntary.That is, you are
NOT submitting it because you felt pressure
from someone in authority over you to
do so (advisor, current instructor or
TA, department chair, etc.).
Retention of Nominations
Nominations are not discarded.They are
saved for the next year so that evidence
can build up for individuals who are re-nominated.
Deadline for Submissions: March
Nominations received after this date will
be considered in the following year.
Awardees are selected by
the University Faculty Senate's Committee
on Student and Faculty Honors.
The Committee compares the evidence provided
in the nominations against pre-established
criteria for excellence in teaching. It
pays particular attention to nominations
from current and past students.Number
of nominations cannot substitute for evidence
of truly outstanding teaching.