President’s Associates Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

Note: The President’s Associates Graduate Teaching Excellence Award is separate from the Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

About the Awards

The President’s Associates Graduate Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellence in graduate student teaching.  These recipients are UT Austin’s educational innovators whose commitment and performance not only teach, but inspire graduate student learners. These awards are made possible by contributions from friends of the university who are committed to the quality of our educational programs – a group of people known as the President’s Associates.



Nominations are currently open and due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2023.

Number of Nominations

Colleges or schools may submit up to 2 nominations. Individuals interested in nomination should contact their dean’s office for information on their school’s nomination process.


Nominee Qualifications

The President’s Associates Graduate Teaching Excellence Awards recognize excellence in graduate student teaching. Any faculty and postdoctoral fellows engaged in graduate student teaching are eligible. Well-qualified candidates must demonstrate a record of excellence in graduate student teaching, mentoring, and engagement with graduate programs’ curricular reform and educational innovation.
Eligible nominees must be in good standing with the university.


Nomination Materials Required

Nomination packets should be saved and submitted using the following format: “Faculty First & Last Name, College/School, year.pdf”.  Nomination packets for institutional awards will be limited to 10 pages total (not including the cover page detailed in Section A) for each award and should include the following sections:
Section A: A cover page and evidence of minimal eligibility requirements met (1 page)
  • Nominee’s name, job title, and EID
  • Department and College/School
  • Contact Information
  • Evidence of minimal eligibility requirements met (for the President’s Associates Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, this means specifically stating which graduate course the nominee is being nominated for and a link to the webpage/resource that lists this course as graduate curriculum course).
  • Permission for the award packet to be published on UT Austin award website should the nominee be selected for the award.
Section B: Candidate response to award-specific questions (2 pages)
  • In response to the questions below, candidates must include insights and examples of how they have had broader impacts on the campus and their communities (For example, in their discipline, course content, administrative and/or committee work).
  • Award-specific questions include:
    • How have you evolved your pedagogical approach to increase student engagement in graduate curriculum courses? How have you defined success in this endeavor? Please include supporting evidence or examples.
    • What evidence or examples do you have of your contribution to innovation in the graduate curriculum?
Section C: Supporting Materials (up to 8 pages)
  • Materials included must demonstrate with data and supporting evidence the faculty’s effectiveness in terms of student learning/development. In this section applicants are welcome to include:
    • Course Instructor Surveys (up to 3 pages)
      • Candidates will include in the template chart relevant information from the three most recent years.
      • Candidates may include up to two pages of representative student comments from courses in the two most recent years.
    • Brief/condensed CV that includes the following sections (up to 2 pages):
      • Teaching-related service and research
      •  Advising
      • Teaching awards/honors
    • Two letters of support (up to 3 pages)
      • Letters may be written by any of the following faculty colleagues (no more than one colleague external to UT), department chair, dean, university administrator or student (no more than one student letter).
    • Optional: Candidates may include up to 10 minutes of multimedia, digital, and other forms of content.


Award Amount

Two recipients will be announced each year to receive an honorarium of $5,000 via payroll.

Nominations are currently open and due by Friday, October 13, 2023.

Submit Nominations Here

List of previous recipients and their associated departments.

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Mailing Address

Executive Vice President and Provost
Faculty Affairs
110 Inner Campus Drive, G1000
Austin, Texas 78701