Criteria - Excellence in Teaching Award

One Excellence in Teaching Award is given each year to a faculty member from one of the other Colleges:  Business and Economics, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, Huxley College of the Environment, and Woodring College of Education.

The following criteria and policies are meant to secure comprehensive evaluation.

  1. No person shall receive this award more than once.
  2. Only the name of the winner of the award will be announced on completion of the process; the names of other candidates shall not be published at any time during or after the process.
  3. Tenure is not a requirement, but the candidate must be a tenure track member of the faculty and should have at least three full years of service at Western.  Visiting faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and part-time faculty are not eligible.
  4. Nominees will be asked if they wish to be candidates and, if so, will be asked to submit materials to the committee.
  5. The award is a teaching award, not a research award; materials submitted should speak to teaching. The evaluation committee may devise additional or alternative criteria and/or process upon announcement.
  6. The evaluation committee will evaluate materials secured through all processes and make its selection according to its best judgment.
  7. To secure consistency in the evaluation process nominees will be asked to provide the following documents: 
    1. A current vita. 
    2. While the award is intended to recognize all of one’s excellence in teaching while at Western, supporting materials from the candidate shall be limited to no more than five years, but should include the last three.  Evaluations should be representative of courses taught in the last three years.  Evaluations for the past three to five years should include written student comments as well as any numerical data available.  The candidate should provide current copies of syllabi, reading lists, final exams, and any related materials used in the courses; more is not necessarily better in these materials. 
    3. The candidate should plan to supply the Dean with the names and addresses of up to five (each) students, alumni, and colleagues familiar with his or her teaching.  The Dean's office will request recommendation letters from these individuals.  The letters will be treated as confidential and will not be shown to the candidate.  Letters from faculty at other institutions may be included.  Faculty letters supporting the candidate should reasonably represent the candidate's department or field.  Letters of support should be sent directly to the Dean’s office administering the award.
    4. The candidate may provide up to three pages describing aspects of his/her teaching that may not be covered by the requested materials.
    5. The criteria that will be considered include:
      • Inspirational/Transformational and value of learning for career/life decisions/etc.
      • Vision, purpose, and intentionality for teaching
      • Engagement beyond class, mentoring student (students, other faculty, etc.)
      • Innovative pedagogy, continual development
      • Overall awesomeness
  8. Faculty on leave in the year of nomination may choose to defer the nomination to the following academic year.
  9. At the conclusion of the evaluation process, a nominee who was not selected to receive the award, may elect to retain eligibility for consideration for a second year.


To continue the nomination process for this award, please click here.

Page Updated 11.02.2015