graduate student teaching

Dean's Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence will help acknowledge stellar instructional efforts by graduate students and help cultivate the next generation of leaders in the classroom.

The Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize Arts & Sciences graduate students who make exceptional contributions to teaching and instruction. Several awards will be made across the disciplines. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 prize, a certificate, and recognition in their graduation program.

The deadline for nominations for the annual Dean's Awards for Teaching Excellence has passed.

Nomination Guidelines

We seek to reward excellence in teaching in a variety of instructional settings and at a range of different course levels. Each department or program may nominate up to two assistants in instruction (or those engaged in a Mentored Teaching Experience). If a department/program submits two nominations, one nomination should be for courses at the 100-200 level and one nomination should be for courses at the 300-500 level. Additional nomination guidelines are as follows:

  • The student must be enrolled full time as a graduate student in any A&S graduate program during the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • The student must be in good academic standing and making progress in the degree program.
  • During the calendar year 2023 (SP23 & FL23), the student must have had significant responsibility for student instruction in a regularly scheduled course in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • The level of teaching performance achieved by the student must be viewed by the department or program as exemplary.

Competitive nominations demonstrate why the student’s teaching performance is considered exemplary within the discipline/department. Successful candidates have often used innovative pedagogy in the classroom or developed new learning tools, and the nomination form includes an area for including examples of these. The nomination can be supported by and offer input from multiple members of the department involved in the teaching mission (see nomination form for details).


Nomination Forms and supporting materials must be submitted as ONE PDF FILE here.

Awards will be announced in late spring.