University of Iowa

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2019-20 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

Deans, Directors and Departmental Executive Officers
Thomas Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Chair, Council on Teaching
January 29, 2020
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2019-20 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

[This revised message is to clarify the nomination procedures and to match the deadline to our website]

The University of Iowa Council on Teaching announces the annual Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards and invites nominations for 2019-2020.  This award recognizes teaching assistants who have demonstrated outstanding ability as teachers at the University of Iowa.  The Office of the Provost has authorized the Council on Teaching to give up to 30 awards each year. Awardees receive a $1,000 check and a certificate presented at the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards Reception held in May of each year. PLEASE NOTE: The total amount of this award may be influenced or modified depending on the current financial aid received by the awardee. Any questions concerning reductions in the amount of the award received should be directed to Ms. Cathy Wilcox ( in the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Teaching assistants from all academic units may be nominated.  Nominees must have a formal appointment as a teaching assistant and certify that they have had formal student contact during at least one of the following semesters: Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and/or Fall 2019.  A teaching assistant who has won this award in the past may not be nominated again.

Nominations may be initiated by students, faculty, colleagues, departmental executive officers (DEOs) or deans. Self-nominations are not allowed. 


Nomination Procedure (ALL of the following steps must be completed by: Noon on Monday, March 2, 2020):

  1. Nomination materials should be submitted to the nominee’s teaching department according to internal guidelines within each college.
  2.   The DEO’s office will submit the required documents using the online submission form on the Council of Teaching website.
  3.  The submission of nomination materials online triggers a request for DEO endorsement, without which the nomination will not be considered complete.  It is suggested that departments allow a minimum of one week lead time for obtaining the DEO endorsement.
  4.   The system will not accept any additional nominations after noon on Monday, March 2.


For further information, contact Professor Thomas Schmidt or Evalyn Van Allen-Shalash.