Distinguished Teaching Awards
The Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards wishes to bring to your attention the opportunity for submitting nominations for the All University Teaching Awards.
The purpose of these awards is to call attention to the importance of teaching as well as to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence. The faculty awards are made at the Celebration of Distinguished Teaching Dinner, and a cash award goes with the certificate. The amount of the cash award becomes a permanent supplement to the awardee's salary in subsequent fiscal years for as long as the awardee remains employed at Indiana University. The Lieber Associate Instructor Awards are also given at Founders Day and they receive, in addition to the certificate, a one‑time cash award. The awards to be presented in 2009 are listed below:
To view a complete list of previous recipients go here.
Individuals may make nominations directly to the Committee or they may submit nominations through departmental chairpersons or deans. Serious consideration should be given to the nomination of faculty members. The committee does not consider visiting or emeriti faculty nor former All University Teaching Award recipients for these awards. For the Sylvia E. Bowman, Frederic Bachman Lieber, the Herman F. Lieber, and the President’s Awards, the committee will only consider tenured full-time faculty (or faculty holding an equivalent appointment in a continuing full-time position) who have taught for five or more years at Indiana University. In a change from previous years, the committee will also consider lecturers for the President’s Award. Please be sure to carefully read the eligibility requirements for these awards. The following suggestions for evidence are presented for use in preparing a dossier.
The quantity and quality of information submitted in support of a nomination have tended to vary considerably in the past. While there is no wish to demand an artificial uniformity in the documents submitted to it, the Committee believes that some description of what it looks for when evaluating nominations may be helpful.
All the awards are given in recognition of distinguished teaching; a candidate must be judged, therefore, in terms of his or her accomplishments as a teacher. Evidence concerning a candidate's excellence in research, in administrative duties, or in public service is relevant only so far as the information helps explain the candidate's effectiveness as a teacher.
Similarly, statements concerning a candidate's personality or popularity are significant only when they help demonstrate or define the precise nature of the individual's excellence in teaching. The Committee naturally is interested in knowing all it can about the individuals it must evaluate, BUT its decisions must rest primarily upon information that is offered to substantiate superiority in teaching.
The more precise such information is, the more likely it is to gain favorable consideration.
This evidence may be derived from various sources. While the Committee appreciates the opinions of a candidate's students, as well as those of colleagues and supervisors, it usually values these opinions in direct proportion to their spontaneity. It does not, therefore, recommend deliberate campaigns to solicit student support. It finds the view of students most informative when the students are least aware that these views may affect their teacher's chances of receiving an important award. In general, the Committee is more impressed by the quality than by the number of endorsements that a candidate receives. Student course evaluations submitted as part of a candidate's dossier should be accompanied by an explanation of how the evaluations were administered. An explanation of the methods by which evaluations and endorsements were obtained helps insure that the Committee will weigh them appropriately.
Those professors who do not receive awards in the year when they first are nominated are automatically reconsidered by the Committee for an additional year. New supporting evidence may be submitted in the second year.
OUTLINE FOR DOSSIER PREPARATION
In addition to the general guidelines above, an outline of more specific items is given below.
All letters written in support of a nomination will be reviewed by members of the Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards. Once award recipients have been selected, segments of the letters will be used in the printed program and the script that is prepared for the awards ceremony. Excerpts from the letters also may be used in the university’s efforts to publicize these honors, in print and on-line.
All items should be submitted in a paper format. In addition, all items should also be submitted electronically as a pdf file. Please see http://www.indiana.edu/~disteach for information on how to submit requested items electronically.
In order to give the Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards time to consider nominees and make final selections, materials should be sent to the Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards, University Ceremonies, Board of Trustees, IMU M005, IU Bloomington, and submitted electronically, on or before October 16, 2008. If you need additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-855-3761.