Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching

Purpose

The annual Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching will be awarded to the department or academic unit on campus that best displays excellence in teaching.  This department will receive $10,000 and a trophy, as well as having the unit name placed on a university plaque housed in that department for a year.  The Ferritor Award is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Teaching Academy.

Eligibility

All academic tenure-home units are eligible to apply for the award.  The winner will not be eligible for the following two academic years. 

Selection Process

The seven member selection committee, comprised of four members of the Teaching Academy—including the president—and three faculty at-large appointed by the provost, will review the documents, assess how they reflect the four criteria detailed below and choose one recipient of the Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching.  The committee will complete the selection process by March 1, and the winning unit will be recognized during Faculty Appreciation Week.

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be assessed on the following four criteria:

  • How does your department demonstrate its sustained commitment to teaching excellence?
  • How does your department measure excellence in teaching and learning?
  • How does your department demonstrate commitment to faculty development for teaching?
  • How does your department demonstrate commitment to student success?
  1. How does your department demonstrate its sustained commitment to teaching excellence? 
    Possible examples include:
    • Offers activities or structures that establish a positive and inclusive instructional climate for tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty and graduate assistants
    • Incentivizes and recognizes teaching excellence
    • Applies rigorous evaluations of teaching quality to tenure/promotion decisions
    • Demonstrates a commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching within the unit and/or the college/university

  2. How does your department measure excellence in teaching and learning? 
    Possible examples include:
    • Monitors teaching effectiveness by methods beyond standard student evaluations; these could include additional feedback from current and former students, staff, employers, graduate schools and other departments, as well as peer review by fellow faculty
    • Utilizes feedback from unit constituencies in an ongoing, data-driven process of instructional improvement and curricular revision
    • Addresses the educational program as a whole, with attention to majors, minors, general education, elective courses and service offerings for students on and off campus
    • Tracks exemplary academic and professional success of current and former students

  3. How does your department demonstrate commitment to faculty development for teaching?
    Possible examples include:
    • Provides orientation, feedback and mentoring for new faculty and teaching assistants
    • Provides departmental discussions on effective teaching and encourages attendance and presentations at teaching conferences, as well as research and publication on teaching and learning
    • Provides evidence of faculty efforts to adopt innovative and effective forms of pedagogy and instructional technology that have led to improvements in teaching and learning
    • Provides evidence of faculty involvement and ownership for the teaching mission and curriculum development within the department

  4. How does your department demonstrate commitment to student success? 
    Possible examples include:
    • Demonstrates that academic excellence and serving the needs of all students are top priorities for the unit
    • Promotes student development by offering exemplary programs for recruiting, advising, mentoring and retaining students
    • Provides and supports student learning opportunities outside the classroom, including meetings, internships, co-curricular activities and research experiences
    • Creates an inclusive culture by involving students in departmental teaching decisions, activities and appropriate committees

How to Apply

Each unit or department interested in applying for the Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching should form an ad hoc committee of faculty members.  This committee will compose a document no longer than eight pages (single-spaced, 12-point font), plus a one-page executive summary, and up to eight pages in supplemental documents.  The application should describe the department and address the four criteria listed below.  All applications are due November 21, 2016, and can be completed using the online form.