Recipient will be recognized at a luncheon hosted by the Governor during the Governor's Conference on Higher Education in December and will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

Nominee must be a current, full-time, tenure-track or non-tenure track, faculty member with at least five years teaching service at UMSL.

Nominees must show evidence consistent with the priorities and goals outlined in the UMSL Strategic Plan, demonstrating effective teaching and commitment to high standards of excellence, and one or more of the following:

  • Effective advising
  • Student learning and success
  • Service to the University community

Submission 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
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught
  • Nominee’s philosophy of teaching statement, explicitly outlining teaching goals, teaching strategies and methods of bringing one's current research, scholarship, or creative activity into the teaching process. Statement should not exceed three (3) double-spaced pages
  • Evidence supporting nomination criteria 
  • Representative syllabi (2) from the nominee’s courses
  • A summary of course evaluations (qualitative and quantitative data). Include a copy of the evaluation(s) used with an explanation of the scale for quantitative data.  
  • Letters of support (no more than six) from students, alumni, colleagues, administrators and community leaders. Include at least two letters from students and 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:
March 6, 2020 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submission of nomination and completed materials packet.


Rubric for Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Previous Award Winners:

2018-2019 Ann Torrusio, Assistant Teaching Professor, Honors College 

2017-2018 Suellynn Duffey, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences 

2016-2017 Laura Westhoff, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

2015-2016 Timothy Maher, Teaching Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

2014-2015 Ronald Dotzel, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences

2013-2014 Marc Spingola, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

2012-2013 Ann M. Steffen, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

2011-2012 Joyce Mushaben, Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

2010-2011 Sonya Bahar, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

2009-2010 James Henry, Associate Professor, Department of Music, College of Fine Arts and Communication

2008-2009 Virginia Navarro, Associate Professor, Division of Teaching and Learning, Co-Director, Career Transition Certification Program, College of Education

2007 - 2008 Judith Maserang, Clinical Professor, Nursing

2006-2007 Gregory Geisler, Associate Professor, Accounting, College of Business Administration

2005 - 2006 Elizabeth Vining, Senior Lecturer, Marketing

2004 - 2005 Paul Paese, Associate Professor, Psychology

2003 - 2004 Helene Sherman, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning

2002 - 2003 Janet Lauritsen, Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

2001 - 2002 David Robertson, Professor, Political Science

2000 - 2001 Richard Pacelle, Associate Professor, Political Science

1999 - 2000 Rudolph E. K. Winter, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

1998 - 1999 Bob Henson, Professor, Physics and Astronomy

1991 - 1992 Charles R. Granger, Professor, Biology and Education