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 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 (5) 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 list of courses taught and 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
  • Evidence supporting nomination criteria

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 C.V. are exempt from this public disclosure.)

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 (senate@umsl.edu) no later than 5 pm on the deadline.

Deadline for Submission:
March 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submission of nomination and completed materials packet.


Rubric for Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award

Previous Award Winners:

2015-2016 Amber Candela, Assistant Professor, Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research, College of Education

2014-2015 Lauren Obermark, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

2013-2014 Stephanie DiPietro, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

2012-2013 Natalie Anne Bolton, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation, College of Education

2011-2012 Brian Hutchison, Assistant Professor, Division of Counseling and Family Therapy, College of Education

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