for the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Awards, the Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award, the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship, the Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers
A faculty member must have a continuing appointment at the University of Texas, Austin in the year subsequent to their selection.
- All final nomination packages shall be submitted electronically to Lydia Cornell in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, from the respective Dean's office.
- 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.
- All required nomination documents must be received at the Provost’s office by the respective deadline or the nomination may not be considered.
- Within two days of submission deadline, Lydia Cornell will contact all Dean's office representatives with a confirmation list of nominees.
Nomination Package Requirements
A PDF of the below information can be downloaded by clicking here.
Submit parts one through three (or four, optionally) as separate documents with the following information:
Title of PDF: “Lastname-Awardname-Part 1”
Bookmark each section of the PDF to reflect the Table of Contents.
- Cover page listing the following information:
- Nominee’s name
- Department name
- Contact information
- Table of Contents
- Teaching Portfolio:
- Curriculum vitae (A biographical sketch of selected accomplishments relevant to the award criteria; 2-4 pages)
- A statement of teaching philosophy, objectives, and outcomes that demonstrate a commitment to teaching (2-4 pages)
- Syllabus of a recent course
- Course materials that demonstrate ongoing pedagogical improvement and innovation (limit 10 pages)
- Student Evaluations of Teaching:
- Letters of support from students (between 2 and 4)
- Teaching Evaluations from Non-Student Sources:
- Letter of support from dean of the college
- Letter of support from chair of the department
- Letter(s) of support from peer faculty (no more than 2)
Part Two: Course Instructor Surveys
Title of PDF: “Lastname-Awardname-Part 2-CIS"
Nominees are to submit CIS summary sheets and all CIS written comments from the last two years of teaching, compiled into a single PDF. Please use the summary sheets to separate the comments by course.
Part Three: Course Data
Title of PDF: “Lastname-Awardname-Part 3-Course Data”
1. Course Data Sheet: Use the template provided by the Provost’s Office to fill out all organized teaching courses taught in the last three years. The Provost’s Office will complete the grade data highlighted in yellow. The Dean’s Office representative should contact Lydia Cornell via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request this information no later than one week prior to the award deadline.
2. Course Descriptions: Briefly describe the courses taught by the nominee in the last three years. Course descriptions may include the course ID, title, mode of delivery, type of students to whom the course was delivered, relationship to curriculum and degree requirements, etc.
Part Four (optional): Supplemental Materials
Title of PDF: “Lastname-Awardname-Part 4-Supplemental”
Nominees may submit supplemental materials as desired.
Incomplete, late, or incorrectly formatted nominations may not be considered.
Q: How are CIS scores used in the selection process?
A: The university-wide teaching awards selection process is an annual holistic assessment that evolves with each new selection committee formed from faculty across the disciplines. The committees are instructed to review the chartered guidelines for each award with the autonomy to then create an assessment matrix with CIS scores potentially being one component of the assessment. What we seek with the infusion of new faculty and a freshly interpreted holistic selection processes is that awards will reflect the evolution of teaching excellence in its many diverse forms on campus.
Q: How should recommendation letters be addressed?
A: Address letters of recommendation to “Award Name Selection Committee”