University of Iowa

President & Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

To: 
Deans, Directors and Departmental Executives Officers
From: 
Shelly Campo, Chair, Council on Teaching, and Lon Moeller, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Date: 
September 15, 2016
Subject: 
President & Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

DEADLINE:           Friday, December 2, 2016 by noon.

We are writing to invite nominations for the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence. This award represents the highest level of achievement in teaching given at the University of Iowa. We seek nominations of outstanding faculty with sustained records of teaching excellence. You must be able to demonstrate your nominee's commitment to students and compelling evidence of their contributions to student learning and outcomes in and out of the classroom. Three clinical-track or tenure-track faculty members and one lecturer (instructional track faculty) or adjunct faculty position will receive the awards.  Each award carries a $3,000 honorarium.

Each college is eligible to submit up to three nominations to the Council on Teaching on behalf of clinical-track or tenure-track faculty and up to two nominations for those in lecturer or adjunct faculty positions. The college must follow the guidelines and use the appropriate cover sheet for each nominee. The cover sheets can be found on the Council on Teaching website: https://uiowa.edu/cot/sites/uiowa.edu.cot/files/PPA%20Cover%20Sheet-1.pdf . Nominations should be submitted electronically to Brenda Bradley (council-on-teaching@uiowa.edu), in the Office of the Provost, by noon on Friday, December 2, 2016.

We encourage colleges to use an inclusive nomination process involving a diverse and broadly representative group of students, faculty members, and administrators to identify outstanding faculty members with sustained records of teaching excellence and commitment to student learning. As the Council wishes to encourage greater participation by students in the nomination process, the letter from the Collegiate Dean explaining the college's nomination process must provide clear evidence of meaningful participation by students in the nomination and selection process. The committee expects colleges to give full consideration to women and minority candidates in the nomination process. This award is not restricted to a Collegiate Teaching Award recipient or nominee, but having been previously recognized for teaching excellence (e.g., collegiate awards, professional association awards) is strongly considered. The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence can only be won once.

If you have any questions, you may contact Shelly Campo, Chair of the Council on Teaching (via email: shelly-campo@uiowa.edu). This information can also be found on the Council on Teaching website at https://uiowa.edu/cot/president-provost-award-teaching-excellence.

2016-17 Guidelines for the President & Provost Award for Teaching Excellence


The following guidelines should be used for submitting nominations to ensure the Council on Teaching has sufficient information and to employ uniform, university-wide standards in choosing recipients. Each nomination will include:

  • A completed President and Provost cover sheet.
  • A brief statement (not to exceed 2 pages) of the nominee's teaching practices and philosophy.
  •  A brief 1-page statement (or list) summarizing all teaching-related activities at the graduate and undergraduate levels including mentoring, advising, and curriculum development or enhancement.
  • An abbreviated CV (not to exceed 5 pages) listing courses taught and other teaching activities, encompassing no more than the past five years. Include a narrative summary or tabular form addressing number of classroom/student contact hours. Do not include scholarly publications, research grants, administration, or service unless these demonstrably relate to the nominee's teaching.
  • Five current letters of support from current and former students, with at least one letter being from a former student describing how the nominee demonstrated his/her commitment to lifelong learning through his/her teaching.
  • Three current letters of support from faculty colleagues describing the nominee's record of contributions to teaching excellence. One of the letters should come from the nominee's DEO.
  • A letter from the Collegiate Dean explaining the college's nomination process and why the college chose to nominate this candidate. The letter must provide clear evidence of meaningful participation by students in the nomination and selection process.

The Council regards the following qualities as evidence of a nominee's "high level of teaching excellence," as cited in the award announcement. It is not anticipated that nominees will have demonstrated all of these qualities, or engaged in all such activities.

  • Demonstrated a sustained record of teaching excellence and commitment to student learning.
  • Previously recognized for excellence in teaching.
  • Committed to spending time with students, both inside and outside of class. Shows genuine interest in the welfare of his/her students. Demonstrates a passion for teaching and student learning.
  • Involved in a variety of teaching and student-learning activities, including but not limited to:
    • Developing and teaching required and elective courses.
    • Teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate and graduate/professional students.
    • Mentoring student groups (e.g., faculty advisor).
    • Teaching outreach classes in Iowa primary or secondary schools.
    • Mentoring or leading workshops for primary or secondary school teachers (i.e., improving instruction in the state of Iowa in general, not solely at the university).
    • Innovation in the classroom (e.g., technology, service learning, etc.)
    • Publishing a widely-used textbook.
  • Contributed to career success of former students.
  • Played a significant role in curriculum development or enhancement.
  • Created or used teaching materials suitable for a variety of student learning styles.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to Brenda Bradley in the Office of the Provost (council-on-teaching@uiowa.edu) by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 2, 2016.

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