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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 5:00pm on Monday, March 25, 2024

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 award will be recognized at the CLASS Advisory Board Awards Ceremony in Fall 2024.

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. (4 page max)
  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 years, that show the nominee's relative standing in his/her department (use spreadsheet on application website).
  5. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the nominee's department chair and one more from peer faculty members or teaching colleagues in any CLASS department. The nominee is responsible for requesting the latter letters. Do not include additional letters beyond the required two.
  6. 2 sample course syllabi.

Selection Process: The CLASS Faculty Council will review all nominations and select three finalists in each category 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 finalists and select the final winner. Decisions will be based on the mean of the Faculty Council or Advisory Board members' scoring.

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