Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award
This Award recognizes and honors early career faculty for outstanding and innovative teaching.
An award plaque and honorarium of $500 is presented at the Chancellor's State of the University Address in the Fall Semester.
Nominees must be first- or second-year tenure track faculty. Previous recipients are not eligible.
Nominees must show evidence consistent with the priorities and goals outlined in the UMSL Strategic Plan, demonstrating:
- An approach to teaching and assessment that engages students in the process of learning.
- High standards that promote academic excellence.
- Innovative and effective teaching strategies.
- Efforts showing a commitment to improving teaching.
- Understanding of strategies that affect student learning.
Submission of Materials and Format:
All nominations (regardless of format) must include the following materials.
- Cover page with name, position, academic address of nominee and nominator, and a checklist of included documents.
- Nomination materials must be submitted by the nominee’s chairperson.
- Letters of support must be included from the nominee’s chairperson and dean.
- Nominee’s philosophy of teaching statement, explicitly outlining teaching goals, teaching strategies and methods of bringing the nominee's current research, scholarship, or creative activity into the teaching process. Statement should not exceed five double-spaced pages. The nominee may want to include the following in the personal philosophy statement:
- innovative techniques developed to assess student learning and provide feedback.
- description of a created course or a revised curriculum.
- concrete examples of effective mentoring techniques.
- innovative teaching techniques shared with other teachers.
- steps taken to extend the learning process beyond the classroom.
- creative ways teaching draws upon one's research or public service.
- contributions to peer discussion of teaching and learning and/or class design through publications, presentations, Web-based resources, etc.
Curriculum vitae (including a section on professional development activities).
- Syllabi from the nominee’s courses providing evidence of a focus on student learning and engagement and curricular and instructional innovations.
- A three-page statement summarizing students’ sentiments about the nominee’s teaching compiled from the nominee’s assessment strategies, mid-semester and departmental course evaluation data, letters solicited from students (include data and letters in an appendix).
- Letters from faculty peers and mentors that document innovative and effective teaching strategies. Include at least one letter from a colleague invited to observe in the faculty member’s classes.
Winning nominations will become public information and shared with the campus community. Candidates and nominators demonstrate their agreement to allow the packets to become public through the submission process. (The letters of support, individual course evaluations, and the candidate's vita are exempt from this public disclosure.)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Amy Zanne, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
2008 - 2009 Matthew M. Lemberger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Counseling and Family Therapy, College of Education
2007 - 2008 Angela D. Coker, Assistant Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
2006 - 2007 Lea-Rachel Kosnik, Assistant Professor, Economics
2005 - 2006 Minsoo Kang, Assistant Professor, History
2004 - 2005 Beth Huebner, Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice