Criteria for University-Wide Teaching Awards

(Note: Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award has different requirements)

Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship

Nomination deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Piper Professor Award recognizes professors for outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement and for dedication to the teaching profession. These awards are intended to provide increased recognition of teaching excellence, although the Foundation's Selection Committee also considers research, publication, and related activity.

Nominees should download the Piper Professor nomination form and complete Part B of the form. The nominee’s college will complete Part A of the form. The form may be downloaded from the following link:

The Selection Committee is comprised of:

A UT Austin faculty selection committee will recommend to the Executive Vice President and Provost the nominee(s) whose name(s) will be submitted from UT Austin to the Foundation. The UT Austin faculty selection committee is comprised of the Provost or his/her designate and five (5) faculty selected by the Provost. The Foundation will announce the recipients of the award in the spring.

Number of nominations:

Colleges may each submit up two (2) well-qualified candidates. UT Austin is allowed to submit one (1) nomination to the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Award Amount:

The Piper Professor typically receives a cash honorarium of $5,000.

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President's Associates Teaching Excellence Awards

Nomination deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate education in the core curriculum (including the signature courses). Well-qualified candidates will also have a demonstrated record of engagement with curriculum reform and educational innovation.

The Selection Committee is comprised of:

The selection committee will be chaired by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and will also include three faculty members and one undergraduate student. Between 5 – 8 awards will be made each year.

Number of nominations:

Each fall, the following three schools and colleges may send forward a specified number of nominees to be considered for this award: the College of Liberal Arts (5), the College of Natural Sciences (5), and the School of Undergraduate Studies (3). The nominees shall be ranked by the dean of the nominating college.

Award Amount:

Recipients will each receive an honorarium (*) of $5,000 via payroll.

(*) NOTE: Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income.


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2014 Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence in Liberal Arts or Natural Sciences

Nomination period: Monday, September 23 - Friday, October 25, 2013

Forms and nomination instructions available at
https://www.texasexes.org/form/holloway.asp (Exclusively student nominations)

This award symbolizes UT Austin’s commitment to teaching excellence and provides the means to recognize and reward an outstanding tenured or tenure-track teacher from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences. The person selected should demonstrate warmth of spirit, a concern for society and for the individual, and the ability to impart knowledge while challenging his/her students to independent inquiry and creative thought, as well as a respect for the understanding of the permanent values of our culture.

The Selection Committee is comprised of:

  • Five (5) students from Liberal Arts – selected by deans, provost submits names to TexasExes
  • Five (5) students from Natural Sciences – selected by deans, provost submits names to TexasExes
  • Three (3) faculty advisors (advisors are the relevant Associate Deans from each college and the previous year’s Holloway recipient).
  • One (1) advisor (without vote) is a representative from the Ex-Students Association.

The committee solicits nominations from students and ex-students, reviews the credentials, and recommends a candidate to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Number of nominations:

Nominations open to student body

Award Amount:

A cash honorarium of $4500 is awarded.(*)

(*) NOTE: Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income.


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The William David Blunk Memorial Professorship

Nomination deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014

The William David Blunk Memorial Professorship recognizes a member of the faculty who has demonstrated an outstanding record both in undergraduate teaching and in concern for undergraduates as demonstrated through advising and general guidance given to students. Such concern for students should have occurred within the context of excellent scholarship and high standards of performance. Each nominee must hold a tenured faculty appointment at UT Austin, preferably at the level of professor. No adjustment in faculty workload is made for the professorship holder during the year of appointment. Fellowship holders must be on campus during their appointments.

Candidates will be judged in terms of:

  • General academic qualifications and performance;
  • Demonstrated teaching ability, particularly with undergraduates.
  • Evidence of special interests in and on behalf of undergraduate students, including undergraduate thesis advising, undergraduate involvement in research, academic advising and other efforts which make the student educational experience more satisfying and meaningful.

The Selection Committee is comprised of:

  • The Provost or his or her delegate (with vote).
  • One (1) representative of the Dean of Students Office.
  • Four (4) faculty selected by the Provost.
  • One (1) undergraduate student selected by the Provost.

Number of nominations:

One (1) nomination per college

Award Amount:

The Professorship is for one academic year, although the terms of establishment provide for the possibility of one or even two renewals for a truly outstanding individual. The Professorship carries with it a salary supplement of $15,000 (*) and $2,500 (*) in support of teaching and related activities on behalf of students.

(*) NOTE: Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income.


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Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships

Nomination deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014

At its August 1983 meeting, The University of Texas System Board of Regents established two Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships. Funds for one endowed fellowship were raised by the UT Austin Dads' Association under the leadership of Mr. Ralph Spence; the other endowed fellowship was established with matching funds under the Centennial Teachers and Scholars Program. Faculty members considered for appointment to these fellowships should hold regular, on-going faculty positions at UT Austin and should be actively engaged in the instruction of freshman undergraduates. Fellowship holders must be on campus during their appointments.

The Selection Committee is comprised of:

Selection of the four faculty members to be appointed Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellows will be made based upon recommendations from the deans of colleges and schools offering courses for freshman undergraduates.

Number of nominations:

Up to three (3) faculty nominees per college, accompanied by a letter from the dean ranking the nominees.

Award Amount:

Based on anticipated endowment income, we expect to appoint four fellowship holders (two in fall and two in spring) with a salary supplement of $4,000 (*) each.

(*) NOTE: Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income.


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The Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Nomination deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014

The Academy was established to recognize and honor tenured faculty members who have made sustained and significant contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level, within the context of their responsibilities as a full-time faculty member. Members of the Academy are expected to have a distinguished teaching record—many have won teaching awards prior to their appointment to the Academy.

While Deans are not constrained to any formal procedures to identify nominees, they should consult with department chairs and faculty and with student council and/or other representative student groups in their college as part of the process. In addition, consultation with current members of the Academy from the relevant school or college is strongly recommended. If more than one nomination is submitted from a college or school, the Dean of that college or school should rank the nominees. While membership in the Academy recognizes teaching excellence and contributions to education, the Department Chair’s Letter should also provide the context of this excellence by noting the nominee’s scholarly and service contributions.

Number of nominations:

If more than one nomination is submitted from a college or school, the Dean of that college or school should rank the nominees.

Architecture 1; Business 3; Communication 2; Education 2; Engineering 3; Fine Arts 2; Information School 1; Law 1; Liberal Arts 6; Natural Sciences 6; Nursing 1; Pharmacy 1; LBJ School 1; Social Work 1; Jackson School 1

Award Amount:

Following election to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, each faculty member will receive, effective the next academic year, a permanent academic salary increase of $7,000.


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Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award

for Research, Teaching, or Demonstration Activities that Contribute To Changes of Positive Value to Society

No nominations until 2016

This award is made every three years (next award to be given 2016). It is based on the belief that education involves positive change and is the aggregate of all processes by means of which a person, or groups of people, develop abilities, attitudes and other forms of behavior of positive value to the society in which they participate. All areas of intellectual activities are within the scope of the award and any administrative unit of The University of Texas at Austin may submit as many faculty nominations as it chooses. Nominees must be current faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin.

An individual may initiate a nomination, including a self-nomination, but that nomination must be endorsed and submitted by the head of an administrative unit. If more than one nomination is made by a unit, they shall be rank ordered. Normally, the award is presented to one person, but partners in a specific activity may share it.

The Selection Committee is comprised of:
All nominations are compiled and reviewed by an advisory committee appointed by the Provost.

Award Amount:
A cash honorarium of $6000 is awarded.(*)

(*) NOTE: Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income.


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2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:00pm

The UT System’s vision as an “institution of the first class” includes a commitment to continuous improvement in the quality of the education its faculty provides to its students. Various programs exist at the institution and System levels to recognize teaching excellence, but few focus exclusively on undergraduate education. The Board of Regents places the highest priority on undergraduate teaching at System universities. The Regents encourage teaching excellence by recognizing faculty that deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction through demonstrated excellence in teaching and a promising future of sustained excellence in all aspects of instruction.

In November 2008, the Board of Regents introduced the Regents’ Outstanding Teachers Awards for the nine academic institutions. The awards are a symbol of the importance they place on the provision of teaching and learning of the highest order. The awards are offered in recognition of those who serve our students in an exemplary manner and as an incentive for others who aspire to such service.

The Regents have allocated $1 million per year for UT Austin faculty and an additional $1 million per year to faculty at UT Arlington, UT Brownsville, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler. It is intended that no fewer than 60 total awards will be made each year: 30 to UT Austin faculty and 30 to faculty members at the remaining academic institutions. The awards involve one-time payments of $25,000 to individual faculty. Within the two groups, the maximum number of awards permitted is: 20 awards for tenured faculty, nine awards for tenure-track faculty, and nine awards for contingent faculty (including adjuncts, lecturers, and instructional assistants).


Nomination Process

UT Austin may nominate no more than 76 candidates each year. Candidate selection will be a rigorous campus-based process, relying heavily on student and peer faculty evaluations within academic departments followed by various stages of evaluation at the department and college levels. Recommendation from the campus president is required for all candidates.


Number of nominations

Liberal Arts; Natural Sciences may submit up to:

Five (5) nominations for tenured, four (4) nominations for tenure track and four (4) nominations for non-tenured faculty

Business; Engineering; Communication; Education; Fine Arts may submit up to:

Four (4) nominations for tenured, three (3) nominations for tenure track, and three (3) nominations for non-tenured faculty

Architecture; Information School; Law; Nursing; Pharmacy; LBJ School; Social Work; Jackson School may submit up to:

Three (3) nominations for tenured, two (2) nominations for tenure track, and two (2) nominations for non-tenured faculty


Nomination Materials Required

Nomination packets must be no larger than 145 pages and submitted to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost as a single .pdf document via UT Box. Please contact Kati Pelletier to gain access to the website.

Within the .pdf document, please “bookmark” - at minimum - each of the six major categories (seven if you choose to submit examples of student work).

NOTE: Within each category of award (tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track), if more than one nomination is submitted from a college or school, the Dean of that college or school should rank order the nominees and explain the ranking in a cover letter submitted with the nomination packages.

The following evidence must be provided in the nomination packet, with additional evidence included at the nominee’s discretion, organized as follows:

A cover page listing the following information:

  • Nominee’s name and title (ex: John Doe, Ph.D., Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor);
  • Department and university names; and
  • Summer contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address.


A Table of Contents


Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Examples of assessments used to ascertain student attainment of learning outcomes, such as end of the course exams, assessment of higher order thinking, analytical ability; and
  • Examples of student engagement in learning (such as active learning strategies, field experiences, service learning, learning communities, and/or undergraduate research).

Student Evaluations of Teaching:

  • The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost will compile the following statistics:
    • Record of student evaluations for each course taught, for a minimum of three years. Refrain from submitting individual student evaluations or comments. Statistical results should be tabulated and compared against college norms.
  • Letter(s) of support from students (no more than four (4)).

Teaching Evaluations from Non-Student Sources:

  • Letter(s) of support from peer faculty (no more than three (3));
  • Letter of support from chair of department;
  • Letter of support from dean of the college;
  • Evidence of Teaching Awards (may be listed in CV or may submit copies of award letters)

Teaching portfolio prepared by each candidate, with the following included:

  • Syllabus of a recent course;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, objectives, and commitment teaching undergraduates;
  • Continuous improvement of course materials;
  • Examples of course materials;
  • Pedagogical innovations;
  • Teacher training experience; and
  • Curriculum vitae

It is also suggested, but not required, to include examples of student work.


Submission Summary

  • All final nomination packages will be uploaded to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, from the respective Dean's office, through UT Austin Box Service
  • An individual in each Dean's office will need to be authorized to upload documents to the Provost's Office box. Please have the appropriate Dean's office representative contact Kati Pelletier at 512-232-3312 (or at kpelletier@austin.utexas.edu) to establish upload authorization.
  • Nomination materials as a single PDF document bearing the nominee’s last name and campus (e.g., Smith-UTAUS.pdf) should be uploaded through UT Austin Box Service.
  • If there is more than one nominee in any category the Dean should send an Email ranking nominees to kpelletier@austin.utexas.edu including names of nominees and their associated department and category.

Submit all materials by Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:00pm.


Criteria

Award nominees must clearly demonstrate their commitment to teaching and sustained capability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. The review of portfolios is expected to evaluate teaching excellence using the following criteria:

  • Sustained high performance in student exit (end-of-course) evaluations over at least a three year period for more than one undergraduate course, at any undergraduate level; evidence to include high evaluation scores and trends, absence of grade inflation patterns, and positive written comments.
  • Peer review evaluation of curriculum quality, classroom expertise, and demonstrated focus on learning outcomes and assessment of those outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to link faculty scholarship with innovative course development, content, and intellectual challenges that together will inspire students’ curiosity and creativity, and promote student engagement in the learning process.
  • Additional extraordinary commitment to teaching demonstrated in a variety of ways, including mentoring students, service learning, engagement, advising, being available to students, and undergraduate thesis advising.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and innovation in the preparation of course materials.
  • Commitment to high quality undergraduate education from participation in, and experience from, teacher training and/or academic teaching conferences.
  • Appropriate use of technology in the classroom integrated into the curriculum to foster active student engagement.
  • Evidence of teaching awards already gained at department, college or university levels or elsewhere (professional discipline associations).
  • Evidence of discipline-related interaction with students beyond the classroom, such as sponsorship of student organizations, sponsorship of scholastic fraternities, field experiences, and undergraduate research.
  • To be eligible to receive the monetary award, selected candidates must be employed at UT Austin as of the date of distribution of the awards. Past Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award recipients may be eligible for nomination again four years after their most recent award, provided they fully meet the criteria for nomination as described above.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Kati Pelletier at 512-232-3312 or kpelletier@austin.utexas.edu.


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FRIAR Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Nomination deadline: To Be announced (last spring was March 1)

The Friar Society was established in 1911. It is the oldest and one of the most distinguished multi-disciplinary honor societies at the University. A selection committee made up of society members annually reviews faculty and recommends a recipient to the Provost for his approval. This award recognizes a faculty member who, first and foremost, has attained distinction in teaching undergraduates; and second, who embodies the Friar ideal in having made a significant contribution to The University of Texas at Austin beyond the duties of her or his calling.

The Selection Committee is comprised of:

In early spring the Friar Society asks for recommendations university-wide via email.

In March/April the Friar Society recommends recipient to the Provost who then recommends to the President.

Award Amount:

The Fellowship carries a $20,000 salary supplement and $5000 in teaching and research support (*).

(*) NOTE: Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income.


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