Teaching Excellence Awards 2013 - 2014



THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ALL NOMINATION MATERIAL for the first phase of nomination 5:00 P.M., Monday, November 11, 2013

The University of Houston Teaching Excellence Awards recognizes excellence in teaching for both individuals and groups. Individual Teaching Excellence Awards for outstanding faculty and teaching assistants carry cash prizes of $8,000 for faculty, $3,500 for teaching assistants and $12,000 for the faculty career award. Individual Teaching Excellence Awards will be granted to no more than eighteen faculty and no more than four awarded to graduate teaching assistants. The Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award, an award of $25,000 divided into a cash award of $15,000 and $10,000 in departmental support, may be awarded to only one faculty member. Recipients of a Teaching Excellence Award may also be considered for university selection of the UH Piper Professor Program nominee. The Piper Award is a $5000 prize awarded by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation to ten faculty in the State of Texas. The Teaching Excellence Committee will also review and select recipients for the Group Teaching Excellence Awards, two awards of $30,000 are presented to no more than two faculty groups.

Nomination Guidelines


Faculty, students, and alumni may make nominations.  Faculty may be nominated for all categories for which they may be eligible. The committee has the option to consider nominees for more than one category for which the nominee may be eligible but will award no more than one award to a nominee for that award year.

Previous award recipients are eligible for nomination in the sixth academic year following a prior award under the same category, with the exception of the Career Award and the Distinguished Leadership Award which may be awarded only once to an individual.

See each category of award listed for criteria and directions for nomination.

Nomination deadline: November 11, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Finalist deadline: January 31, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Category 1: Teaching Excellence

Category 2: Provost Core

Category 3: Innovation in Instructional Technology

Category 4: Instructor/Clinical

Category 5: Graduate Teaching Assistant

Category 6: Community Engagement

Category 7: Career Award

Category 8: Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award

GROUP AWARDS

PIPER PROFESSOR AWARD

NOMINATION PROCESS

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS BY CATEGORY

TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Nominations accepted for full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Individual Award: $8000

Criteria

Nominees under this category must be:

  • full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have been in residence at the University of Houston for at least two academic years prior to the year of nomination;
  • available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials;
  • and if a previous award recipient, submitting the nomination no earlier than in the sixth academic year following a prior award.

Nominations under this category must include:

  • the nomination form;
  • a one-page letter of nomination;
  • a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  • the nominee’s curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college;
  • and the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process

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PROVOST CORE

Nominations accepted for full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching University Undergraduate Core Curriculum courses.
Individual Award: $8000

Criteria
Nominees under this category must be:

  • full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have been in residence at the University of Houston for at least two academic years prior to the year of nomination; 
  • available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials; and
  • if a previous award recipient, submitting the nomination no earlier than in the sixth academic year following a prior award.

Nominations under this category must include:

  1. the nomination form;
  2. a one-page letter of nomination;
  3. a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  4. the nominee's curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college; and
  5. the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process

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INNOVATION IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Nominations accepted for full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in innovative teaching using instructional technology, possibly including but not limited to hybrid courses, online courses, and instructional television.
Individual Award: $8000

Criteria
Nominees under this category must be:

  • full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have been in residence at the University of Houston for at least two academic years prior to the year of nomination;
  • available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials; and
  • if a previous award recipient, submitting the nomination no earlier than in the sixth academic year following a prior award.

Nominations under this category must include:

  1. the nomination form;
  2. a one-page letter of nomination;
  3. a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  4. a one-page description of the innovative teaching using instructional technology.  This might include mode of delivery, delivery sites, number of students, and any other description of the course that demonstrates how the teaching was accomplished;
  5. the nominee's curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college; and
  6. the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process

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INSTRUCTOR/CLINICAL

Nominations accepted for excellence in teaching demonstrated by faculty who do not have tenure or tenure-track positions, including Instructors, Clinical Faculty, Research Faculty, Artist Affiliates, and Lecturers.
Individual Award: $8000

Criteria
Nominees under this category must be:

  • faculty who have been in residence at the University of Houston at least half time for three years prior to nomination;
  • available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials; and
  • if a previous award recipient, submitting the nomination no earlier than in the sixth academic year following a prior award.

Nominations under this category must include:

  1. the nomination form;
  2. a one-page letter of nomination;
  3. a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  4. the nominee's curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college;
  5. one additional letter will be required from the candidate’s department outlining the nature of the candidate’s position and his/her respective role within the department; and
  6. the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Nominations accepted for full-time faculty who involve students in service to the community through service learning activities or community engagement projects related to courses that they teach demonstrating leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.
Individual Award: $8000 

Criteria
Nominees under this category must be:

  • full-time faculty who have been in residence at the University of Houston for at least two academic years prior to the year of nomination;
  • available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials; and
  • if a previous award recipient, submitting the nomination no earlier than in the sixth academic year following a prior award.

Nominations under this category must include:

  1. the nomination form;
  2. a one-page letter of nomination;
  3. a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  4. the nominee's curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college; and
  5. the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process
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GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Nominations accepted for teaching assistants/fellows who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Individual Award: $3500

Criteria
Nominees under this category must be:

  • currently enrolled as graduate students and must have held teaching responsibilities for at least two academic semesters;
  • available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials; and
  • if a previous award recipient, submitting the nomination no earlier than in the sixth academic year following a prior award.

Nominations under this category must include:

  1. the nomination form;
  2. a one-page letter of nomination;
  3. a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  4. the nominee's curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college; and
  5. the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process

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CAREER AWARD

Nominations accepted for tenured faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching over the course of their careers at the University of Houston. No more than one award may be presented in this category.
Individual Award: $12,000

Criteria
Nominees under this category must:

  • be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have been in residence at the University of Houston for at least two academic years prior to the year of nomination;
  • have been on the faculty at the University of Houston for at least twenty years;
  • have been a prior recipient of a university teaching excellence award in some category;
  • have not been a prior recipient under this category; and
  • be available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials.


Nominations under this category must include:

  1. the nomination form;
  2. a one-page letter of nomination;
  3. a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  4. the nominee's curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college; and
  5. the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process

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DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP IN TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Nominations accepted for faculty at the rank of associate or full professor who have made sustained and significant contributions to education within the context of their responsibilities as a full-time faculty member. One prize of $25,000, broken into a $15,000 cash award and $10,000 in departmental support, will be awarded in recognition to the finest among the University of Houston’s full-time faculty for demonstrated educational excellence in teaching, and in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The award committee will look for evidence of a record of superlative teaching, and a strong commitment to impacting student learning and to ultimately fostering the academic success of students.  The award committee will seek evidence that nominees:

  1. Excel at teaching and deeply value learning. This commitment to excellence might be demonstrated through activities that advance the quality and practice of teaching, learning, and advising in the individual classroom, in the department, across the curriculum or discipline, or college- and institution-wide;
  2. Use effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning, including (but by no means limited to), active learning, learning communities, student portfolios, creative assessment, and innovative uses of technology;
  3. Have a significant impact on students’ intellectual development, helping students to develop, for example, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and/or global and multicultural understanding.

This is not a career award as nominated faculty should have the expectation of remaining at the University of Houston. 

The faculty member will also be released from one course during fall and spring semesters in the subsequent academic year in order to mentor other faculty.

No more than one award under this category may be presented in the award year.

Criteria
Nominees under this category must:

  • be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have been in residence at the University of Houston for at least two academic years prior to the year of nomination;
  • have been on the faculty at the University of Houston for a minimum of 10 years prior to nomination;
  • have been a prior recipient of a university teaching excellence award in some category;
  • have not been a prior recipient under this category; and
  • be available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials.

Nominations under this category must include:

  1. the nomination form;
  2. a one-page letter of nomination;
  3. a one page statement of teaching philosophy by the nominee. This should be a self-reflective statement of the nominee's beliefs and goals concerning teaching and learning and should discuss specifics of how they put their beliefs into practice to achieve their goals;
  4. one letter from the candidate’s department outlining evidence in support of the candidate’s nomination as posted under the description of evidence of merit for nomination;
  5. the nominee's curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching-related activities such as course development, advising, mentoring, and other contributions to the teaching program of a department or college; and
  6. the nominee's spring semester anticipated teaching schedule. If possible, include class times and room locations. Committee members will visit the classes of those nominees selected as finalists.

Nomination Process

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GROUP AWARDS

The Group Teaching Excellence Awards recognize groups of faculty in both formal and informal programs who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Two cash prizes of $30,000 will be available for awards to groups of faculty who have worked together collaboratively in the design, implementation and evaluation of a course or a series of courses to improve student outcomes and who demonstrate effective and innovative teaching over a three year period of time.

Criteria for Faculty Group Awards

The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that nominated programs promote, support, and recognize excellence in teaching and in service to students.

Groups must include at least 4 individuals, at least two of whom are full-time faculty members. The others may be instructors, teaching assistants or staff members with instructional duties (such as an advisor). All individuals must have worked at the University of Houston for at least 3 years.

The award must be for instructional efforts that extended over a period of at least 3 years. Applications from groups that span different academic units are encouraged but not required.

The proportions of the total award to be given to each person will be specified in the application form. No individual shall receive more than $8,000.

Group Award Nomination Guidelines

The Teaching Excellence Committee will review applications in two stages. The Teaching Excellence Committee will review nomination files described below in December, and will choose finalists for the second stage.

Nominations for group awards may come from students, faculty, alumni, or staff. Nominations should follow the guidelines below and be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 11, 2013.

Stage 1. Nomination

1. Nomination Form for Group Teaching;

2. Letter of Nomination;

3. Description of the course(s) covered by the award;

4. Statement of the group’s activities and accomplishments;

5. Two letters of recommendation describing the impact of the group on the award’s objectives (One must be from a student; others may be from, faculty, administrators or alumni.);

6. Curriculum vitae of all group members highlighting their contributions to the project;

7. Description of why these courses were grouped and what are the targeted student outcomes as the group defines them. In addition, provide an overview of the triggers that motivated the faculty group to collaborate through this group of courses; and

8. Description of what activities were implemented to achieve targeted student outcomes and what were the results. In addition, clearly state what teaching methods and/or teaching innovations were used. Note that alignment among triggers, objectives, teaching methods, activities and outcomes will be reviewed.  Quantitative and/or qualitative data must be included to support your results.

In the second stage, finalists will be invited to submit additional materials as follows (note: subject to change):

Stage 2. Finalists 

  • Four new letters of recommendation.
    (The total of the 6 letters should include at least one from an administrator, two from - students, and one from a faculty member.)
  • Teaching evaluations for the relevant course(s) over at least the last 3 years
  •  Summary of grade distributions over at least the last 3 years
  •  Other evidence, including (but not limited to) syllabi, course materials including those on line, longitudinal data on the course(s), description of student accomplishments and student success, publications, and internal and external grants related to the group’s project
  • A schedule of Spring 2014 class sections related to the award.

The Teaching Excellence Committee will schedule a group interview to allow the group to explain their methods and results. Both groups may schedule classroom visits as they deem appropriate. 

Nomination Process

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PIPER PROFESSOR AWARD

The Piper Professor Award recognizes superior teaching at the college level in the State of Texas. The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation annually honors ten faculty with awards of $5,000 each for superior teaching at the college level. Selection is made on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in the State of Texas.

The University of Houston may submit only one nomination annually for the Piper Professor Program. The Piper Professor nominee for the university is selected by the Teaching Excellence Awards committee. With Provost Office approval the nomination is submitted to the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation on behalf of the University of Houston.

Guidelines for nomination:

  1. Any current full-time UH faculty who has taught for a minimum of at least five academic years prior to the year of nomination may apply.
  2. Must have been a recipient of a university level Teaching Excellence Award.
  3. Must have demonstrated continued teaching excellence at UH. Demonstrated community engagement and service is expected.
  4. Must be available for teaching observation during the spring 2014 semester so that the committee members may observe their classes or instructional materials.
  5. Must not be a prior Piper Professor Award recipient.

Finalist nomination: The selected UH finalist will be contacted to facilitate the compilation of a university nomination packet for submission to the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Piper Professor Program by their posted deadline, typically posted for late November each year. In addition to the official foundation Piper Professor nomination two-part form, up to five letters of recommendation may also be submitted as part of the finalist nomination. Letters may be from members of nominee’s administration, colleagues, and/or current and former students. Any additional material should be limited, as committee’s time does not permit review of large amounts of materials.

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NOMINATION PROCESS

The nomination deadline is 5:00 P.M., Monday, November 11, 2013.

Faculty, students, and alumni may nominate eligible candidates.

Nominations will be submitted electronically as a .pdf file. Please make a single .pdf file (labeled with the last name of the applicant) containing items outlined above and in the exact order indicated on the nomination form.  Please include the nominator's address, email (if available) and phone number on the nomination form as requested. Submit the nomination packet to Dr. Heidi Kennedy, Director of Academic Program Management by email, hkennedy@uh.edu.

Nomination deadline: November 11, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Finalist deadline: January 31, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Individual Awards
Nomination form/checklist – individual award categories


Group Awards
Nomination form/checklist – group award


Selection Process and Finalist Guidelines


Based upon materials presented in the nomination portfolio, the Teaching Excellence Awards Committee (composed of faculty, students, and alumni) will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Provost. By December 2013, eligible nominees and their nominators will be notified and given additional instructions for completing the final portfolio.

Individual Awards – finalist checklist
Finalist checklist – individual awards  (subject to change)


Group Awards – finalist checklist

Finalist – group award  (subject to change)

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