Criteria - Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award

One award is given each year to a faculty member from either the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science and Engineering. 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the name of the winner of the award will be announced on completion of the process; the names of other candidates shall not be published at any time during or after the process.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.
  6. The committee may devise additional or alternative criteria and/or process upon announcement.
  7. The committee will evaluate materials secured through all processes and make its selection according to its best judgment.
  8. To secure consistency in the evaluation process nominees will be asked to provide the following documents:
    1. The candidate should provide 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 the past three years.  Evaluations should be representative of all courses taught and should include written student comments as well as any numerical data available.
      1. In addition, the candidate should provide current copies of syllabi from all courses taught in the last three years.
      2. The candidate may provide a maximum of two supporting documents per course, but this is not required.
    3. The candidate will supply the Dean with the names and addresses of a maximum of 6 students, alumni, and colleagues (a minimum of one contact for each).  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 will provide up to three pages describing aspects of his/her teaching that may not be covered by the requested materials.
    5. In the past, the Elich Award Committee has evaluated nominees using the following criteria:
      1. Challenge Level
      2. Student Engagement
      3. Breadth/Versatility
      4. Risk/Innovation
      5. Impact
      6. Passion/Energy
  9. Faculty on leave in the year of nomination may choose to defer the nomination to the following academic year.


A Pdf of the Elich Award Criteria can be found here.

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

Page Updated 11.22.2017