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CLASS Advisory Board Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Complete application packets are due to the CLASS dean's office by 5:00 on March 6th, 2020.

The CLASS Advisory Board Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching has been established to recognize annually a full-time CLASS faculty member of any rank for a record of undergraduate teaching excellence at the University of North Texas over at least a five-year period. The recipient of this $1,000 award will be recognized at the CLASS Advisory Board Awards Ceremony in September 2020.

Eligibility: All full-time CLASS faculty members are eligible, but previous recipients are not eligible for nomination during the five years following receipt of the award. Faculty must be nominated by their department chair, and each department may submit only one nomination per year.

Selection Criteria: Selection is based on an application packet that documents teaching excellence over at least a five-year period of time while at UNT. The CLASS Advisory Board is free to solicit additional input regarding the teaching record of any nominee. The Board will give particularly strong consideration to nominees who document an established record of helping students prepare for successful lives and careers after graduation.

A complete application packet should include:

  1. An application form signed by the award nominee and his/her chair.
  2. A current curriculum vitae that highlights teaching awards (received and nominated), teaching-related research efforts, teaching innovations, new courses developed, courses taught, etc., providing clear evidence that the nominee has made excellent teaching contributions to the university.
  3. A one-page statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy and perceptions of his/her teaching activities.
  4. A tabulated summary of departmental student evaluations over the past five or more years, that show the nominee's relative standing in his/her department.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, including one from the nominee's department chair and two more from peer faculty members or teaching colleagues in any CLASS department. The nominee is responsible for requesting these latter two letters.
  6. 2-3 sample course syllabi.
  7. Other documentation in cases where non-conventional support material stands to highlight pedagogy (optional).
  8. Unsolicited letters or emails (where those already exist) from alumni attesting to the long-term benefits of the faculty member's instruction (optional).

Selection Process: The CLASS Faculty Council will review all nominations and select three finalists by rating each nominee on a 1-5 scale (with 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest). The CLASS Advisory Board will review the three finalists and select the final winner using the same 1-5 scale. Decisions will be based on the mean of the Faculty Council or Advisory Board members' scoring.

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