Graduate Teaching Excellence Award


February 17


The Graduate Teaching Excellence Award is jointly sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

It is designed to recognize outstanding teaching performance by experienced graduate employees (GEs) who have demonstrated a commitment to developing their instructional skills, while at the same time excelling in their academic degree program.

Award Details

  • One award of $1,000

  • Funds will be disbursed to the student billing account during spring term 2020

  • Department nomination required

  • Only one nomination per department or program

Eligibility and Criteria

  • GEs with at least 5 terms of experience as sole instructor, lab or discussion leader

  • Participation in teacher training or other professional development

  • Record of excellence in instructional duties

  • Exemplary academic record


Applicants must apply online. The online application includes:

  • Statement addressing your teaching philosophy and describing the most important things you have learned about teaching

    • Up to 500 words
    • No more than 2 pages
  • A list of the courses you have taught, including term, course name and number, course enrollment, and role (sole instructor, lab/discussion leader, or TA)

  • A description of the teacher training and professional development activities in which you have participated

  • Contact information for nominator (department head or graduate program director)

    • Nominator will receive an email with a link to upload their letter



Each department or program may only nominate one student.

The nominator will receive an email with a link to upload the following: 

  • A letter of nomination from the department head or graduate program director illustrating the student's academic accomplishments compared to current and former students in the program

  • A copy of the student's quantitative teaching evaluation summary for each course listed

    • DO NOT include student comment summaries

  • If multiple students have applied, only submit a nomination letter for the student who has been selected for nomination

Applications for 2020-21 scholarships are not currently being accepted. The application will open in Fall term.

For more information, please contact Jered Nagel.

Graduate Students with Financial Aid
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.

You may apply for this award regardless of immigration status or work eligibility.