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.

Annually, we will 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 is Friday, March 10, 2023 at 12pm and earlier nominations are encouraged. 

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). 

  • The student must be enrolled full time as a graduate student in any A&S graduate program during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • The student must be in good academic standing and making progress in the degree program.
  • During the calendar year 2022 (SP22 & FL22) 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. This may include a history of excellent past performances in other courses evidenced by evaluations submitted by multiple faculty mentors. The nomination should 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 submited as ONE PDF FILE here.

Awards will be announced at a yet-to-be-determined date.