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Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

This Award recognizes and honors exceptional efforts in the education field. This award highlights the achievements of teachers who play a vital role in the shaping of students' lives.

An award of a Crystal Apple is presented at a public ceremony followed by a reception honoring awardees.

Nominees must have a full-time academic appointment with four or more years of teaching service at UMSL.

Nominees must show evidence consistent with the priorities and goals outlined in the UMSL Strategic Plan, demonstrating:

  • Innovative and successful teaching practices.
  • Leadership and high visibility in the local community.

Submission of Materials and Format:
All nominations must include the following materials.

  • Cover page with name, position, academic address of nominee and nominator, and a checklist of included documents.
  • Nomination letter.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae (no more than three pages).
  • List of courses taught and the number of students in each as well as other teaching and advising activities during the preceding four years.
  • Representative syllabi (2) from the nominee’s courses.
  • Nominee’s personal philosophy of teaching and the ways this philosophy is demonstrated in practice (no more than three pages).
  • Examples of successful teaching practices
  • A summary of course evaluations (qualitative and quantitative data)
  • Minimum of six (6) and not more than ten (10) letters of support from students, alumni, colleagues, administrators and community leaders. Include at least one letter from a colleague invited to observe in the faculty member’s classes.

Nomination Procedure:
The Senate Faculty Teaching and Service Awards Committee receives and reviews all nominations. and presents its recommendation to the chancellor for final approval. The Committee requires submission through electronic format. These nominations should be a single file in MS Word or pdf format, and should be emailed to the Senate office ( no later than 5 pm on the deadline.

Deadline for Submission:
April 4, 2011 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submission of nomination and completed materials packet.

Previous Award Winners:
2010-2011 Michael Fix, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

2009-2010 William Mayhan, William Mayhan, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

2008 - 2009 Kenneth E. Owen, Associate Teaching Professor, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education

2007 - 2008 Carole Murphy, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

2006 - 2007 Jennifer Siciliani, Affiliate Associate Professor, Psychology

2005 - 2006 Gwen Moore, Senior Lecturer, College of Business Administration

2004 - 2005 Alan Heisel, Assistant Professor, Communication

2003 - 2004 Harvey Chiles, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning

2002 - 2003 David Robertson, Professor, Political Science

2001 - 2002 Thomas Patton, Professor, Art and Art History

2000 - 2001 Jerry Cooper, Professor, History

1999 - 2000 Allan Wagner, Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

1998 - 1999 Helene Sherman, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning