Distinguished Faculty Award

The focus of this award is on excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to student success. Nominees will be judged on:

  • Provides a learning environment that fosters critical thinking and individual responsibility while placing the needs of the learner first.
  • Outstanding dedication to student success through the integration of subject matter expertise and innovative teaching strategies.
  • Commitment to student learning through effective, inspiring, and distinguished teaching.
  • Involves students in learning opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom.
  • Helps connect class lessons to real-world applications that prepare students for their future careers.
  • Provides clear instructions with examples for assignments that makes what is expected evident.
  • Promptly responds to students’ questions and concerns and directs them to college resources for assistance, when appropriate.
  • Provides timely feedback on student assignments to give them insights and tips for improvement, as well as kudos for excellent work.
  • Promotes diversity, respect, and dignity for all persons that facilitates an atmosphere of respect and inclusion in the classroom.
  • Beyond the role of teacher, the faculty member is viewed as a mentor and advisor to individual students and/or student groups.


Please explain how your faculty member meets the criteria listed above, giving concrete, specific examples when possible. Focus mainly on the guidelines above, but you may include any other information that you think is important to share about your teacher and what they mean to you.

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