Criteria for University-Wide Teaching Awards


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Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship

DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS
Colleges may each submit up to 2 well-qualified candidates. UT Austin is allowed to submit 1 nomination to the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
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.

NOMINATION MATERIALS REQUIRED

  • The Piper Professor Award Nomination Form (College fills out part A, nominee fills out part B)
  • Link to form: http://www.everychanceeverytexan.org/funding/programs/ppnominationform.php
  • In addition to the two-part form, up to 4 (four) letters of recommendation may also be submitted as part of the nomination. These letters may be from members of your administration, the nominee’s colleagues, and/or from current and former students of the nominee.
  • Supplemental materials per the discretion of the nominee and nominating department, though the Piper Foundation advises these materials should be limited.

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

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President's Associates Teaching Excellence Awards

DEADLINE: Friday, November 13, 2015

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS
College of Liberal Arts: 5
College of Natural Sciences: 5
School of Undergraduate Studies: 3
The nominees shall be ranked by the dean of the nominating college

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
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.

NOMINATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
See University-Wide Teaching Awards Nomination Package

AWARD AMOUNT
Recipients will each receive an honorarium (*) of $5,000 via payroll.
*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

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

DEADLINE: TBA Fall 2015

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS
Nominations open exclusively to student body

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
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.

NOMINATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
Forms and nomination instructions available at https://www.texasexes.org/jean-holloway-award-nomination-form

AWARD AMOUNT
A cash honorarium of $4,500 is awarded. (*)

*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

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Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

DEADLINE: January 15, 2016

UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards Website

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

Nominee Qualifications
Award nominees must clearly demonstrate their commitment to teaching and a 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 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 inspire students’ curiosity and creativity, and promote student engagement in the learning process.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and innovation in the preparation of course materials.
  • Commitment to high quality undergraduate education from participation in 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 received 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.
  • Additional extraordinary commitment to teaching can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including mentoring students, service learning, engagement, advising, and undergraduate thesis advising.
  • 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.

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 Lydia Cornell 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:

  • Use the template provided by the Provost’s Office to fill out all courses taught in the last two years. The Provost’s Office will complete the grade data highlighted in yellow. The Dean’s Office awards representative should contact Lydia Cornell via email (lydia.cornell@austin.utexas.edu) in advance of the deadline to request this information.
  • Three-to-five letters of support from current or recent students.

Teaching Evaluations from Non-Student Sources:

  • Letter(s) of support from peer faculty;
  • 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); and

· Letter from Center for Teaching Effectiveness or similar offices, if available.

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 Lydia Cornell at 512-232-3312 (or at Lydia.Cornell@austin.utexas.edu ) to establish upload authorization.
  • The nomination package pdf should be titled with the nominee’s last name and campus (e.g., Smith-UTAUS.pdf)
  • If there is more than one nominee in any category the Dean should send an email ranking nominees to Lydia.Cornell@austin.utexas.edu including names of nominees and their associated department and category.

Award Amount
One-time payment of $25,000 to individual faculty

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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

DEADLINE: Friday, February 12, 2016

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS
No limit

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
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.

NOMINATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
University-Wide Teaching Awards Nomination Package

AWARD AMOUNT
A cash honorarium of $6,000 is awarded. (*)

*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

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The William David Blunk Memorial Professorship

DEADLINE: Friday, February 26, 2016

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS
One (1) nomination per college

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
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.

NOMINATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
University-Wide Teaching Awards Nomination Package

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.

*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

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Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships

DEADLINE: Friday, March 11, 2016

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

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
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.

NOMINATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
University-Wide Teaching Awards Nomination Package

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.

*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

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The Academy of Distinguished Teachers

DEADLINE: Friday, March 18, 2016

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS
If more than one nomination is submitted from a college or school, the Dean should rank the nominees.

School of Architecture: 1 College of Liberal Arts: 6
McCombs School of Business: 3 College of Natural Sciences: 6
Moody College of Communication: 2 School of Nursing: 1
College of Education: 2 College of Pharmacy: 1
Cockrell School of Engineering: 3 LBJ School of Public Affairs: 1
College of Fine Arts: 2 School of Social Work: 1
School of Information: 1 Jackson School of Geosciences: 1
School of Law: 1

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
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.

NOMINATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
University-Wide Teaching Awards Nomination Package

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 $7,500.

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Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship

DEADLINE: March 25th, 2016 at 5:00 PM CST

FRIAR SOCIETY WEBSITE

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS
Nominations open exclusively to student body

NOMINEE QUALIFICATIONS
The Friar Society was established in 1911. It is the oldest and one of the most distinguished multi-disciplinary honor societies at the University. 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.

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

*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

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