Excellence in Teaching Award

Nomination Deadline:  12 noon, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Excellence in Teaching Award guidelines are based on nomination guidelines for a national competition.

Background

The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Award  in recognition of graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of their university. Two awards have been created to recognize the importance of excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students for future service as college and university faculty. One award will be given to a doctoral student and one to a master’s student.

Eligibility

Eligible nominees must be registered in the University of Minnesota Graduate School during the 2017-18 academic year (September to May), and must have a graduate student teaching appointment.

Nomination Process

Each eligible graduate program may submit one nomination for a masters student, and one nomination for a doctoral student.  

Each nomination should be submitted as a single pdf, sent to gsfellow@umn.edu by 12 noon on Wednesday, December 13.  If submitting two nominations, two separate PDFs should be attached.  An email response will be sent acknowledging receipt of nomination(s).

  • Include "Excellence in Teaching Nomination for [Nominee's Program]" in the subject line of your email.

A complete pdf nomination includes:


1.  Nomination Form (download and complete)

2.  Letter of support from the Department Chair or Head

  • Include description of any departmental honors awarded to the student for excellence in teaching.

3.  Current Curriculum Vitae

4.  Nominee’s Teaching Portfolio, maximum of 6 pages double spaced, 12-point font, and must include the following components (a-f ) as headers:

a) Statement of Teaching Philosophy
b) Evidence of Instructional Design, Innovation, and Delivery, Course Management, and Student Learning
c) Teaching in Action

  • Electronic link to YouTube video (see instructions
  • 10 minute maximum
  • A variety of teaching settings may be used for the video including but not limited to lecture, facilitated discussion, lab, etc. as appropriate to the course; focus is on the quality of teaching/learning, e.g. student engagement, enthusiasm, and knowledge of subject matter, rather than expertise in creating the video.

d) Student Evaluation of Teaching

  • Courses taught as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota
  • Number of students
  • Instructional responsibility
  • Summary of student evaluations of teaching data (not the forms)

e) Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring

f) Evidence of Teaching/Learning Scholarship

  • Publications/presentations or grant proposals submitted/funded which focus on teaching/learning; evidence of how pedagogical research informs your teaching.

Selection

Selection criteria is based on the national guidelines.  Up to 100 points are allocated as follows:

  • Letter of support from the Department Chair/Head [5 points]
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy [10 points]
  • Evidence of instructional design, innovation, and delivery, course management, and student learning [25 points]
  • Video clip of “Teaching in Action” [25 points]
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching [20 points]
  • Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring [10 points]
  • Evidence of Teaching/Learning Scholarship [5 points]

The selected nominees (one masters student and one doctoral student) will be featured on the Graduate School Fellowships award page, and their nominations will be forwarded to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools’ (MAGS) 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award competition. 

The national MAGS winner will receive a citation and a $750 honorarium that will be presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) in April.

Notification

Department Chairs/Heads and Directors of Graduate Studies will be notified of the nomination selection outcome. 

Please call (612) 625-2809 or e-mail gsfellow@umn.edu if you have any questions.