Excellence in Teaching Award

The Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize and reward faculty who inspire student learning through outstanding innovation, inclusivity and pedagogical expertise in their classrooms and beyond.   

Acknowledging that excellence can take many forms, the committee may select up to four part-time and up to four full-time winners from the college’s diverse field of excellent teachers each year. By adopting a cohort model, the Excellence in Teaching Award strives to challenge the larger culture of the meritocracy and inherent biases that can often be rooted in the logics of white supremacy, while cultivating transdisciplinary connections, conversation, and collaboration among faculty. An excellent teacher is one from whom all in the college community can learn.

How to Nominate Someone 

Each year students and faculty are invited to nominate a faculty member through an electronic form that asks for the following information: 

Deadline for Submissions: February 3, 2023

The Provost’s Office will contact nominees by Friday, February 10, 2023, to request the following materials, which are due February 28, 2023:  

REVIEW TIMELINE

March and April 
Committee members meet to review materials and select semi-finalists. Semi-finalists submit recordings of one complete class session. Committee members review recordings and meet a second time to select up to four part-time and up to four full-time winners.  

May 1 
Winners will be notified and invited to participate in a celebratory panel conversation during Faculty Development Days. 
 
Winners in each category (up to four part-time and up to four full-time, respectively) will equally divide $2000. (For example, in a field of four winners each will receive $500, whereas in a field of two each will receive $1000.)  

Recent Past Recipients

Part-Time Faculty

2022

Terri Griffith

Humanities, History and Social Sciences

2021

Gregory Geffrard

Theatre

2020

Matthew Andersen

Derek Fawcett

Joseph Kramer

Sam Roe

American Sign Language 

Music

Audio Arts and Acoustics

Communication 

2019

Michele Hoffman

 Science and Mathematics 

Full-Time Faculty

2022

Chris Eliopoulos

Susan Kerns

Jackie Spinner

Design

Cinema and Television Arts

Communication

2021

Carmelo Esterrich

Humanities, History and Social Sciences 

2020

Lauren Downing Peters

Carolina Posse

Khalid Long

Hilary Sarat-St. Peter

Wendi Weber

Fashion Studies

Cinema and Television Arts

Theatre

English and Creative Writing 

Theatre 

2019

Tom Fraterrigo

 Cinema and Television Arts

Recipients before 2019