Teaching Excellence Recognition Plan

(Presented to the Faculty Senate on 10/20/2004)

Special recognition of teaching excellence will be accomplished through the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards. All members of the faculty, regardless of rank and tenure status, will be eligible for consideration for the award. The goal of the Teaching Excellence Recognition Plan (TERP) is to recognize and reward individual faculty members who provide exemplary teaching and who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and effort in the accomplishment of the educational mission of the Department/University. Criteria for the award include evidence of one or more of the following:

  1. excellence in student learning outcomes;
  2. quality and quantity of teaching;
  3. extraordinary commitment and effort in the accomplishment of the program teaching mission;
  4. innovation in teaching approaches;
  5. outstanding contributions in curriculum development; and
  6. educational scholarship

The awards will be funded by faculty member’s college/school and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Nomination and selection procedures will be determined at the college/school level but in all cases, the selection process will include a faculty peer-review committee, appropriate student representation and chairperson evaluation of the nominee. The one-time award amount of $3,000 will be paid to the faculty member. Awards are subject to deductions of all applicable fringe benefits. A faculty member may receive the award no more than once every three years.

Number of Possible Annual Awards Available by College*

Allied Health Professions 2

Arts & Sciences 5

Business 2

Engineering 2

Education 4

Computer/Information Sciences 1

Nursing 2

Continuing Education/Special Programs 1

*Pending receipt of nominations, selection by review committee and availability of funds.

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