Kimble First-Year Teaching Award

The Kimble First-Year Teaching Award, named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, is jointly sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies, and administered by the Teaching Engagement Program (TEP). This award is designed to recognize outstanding teaching performances by graduate employees (GE) teaching for the first time at a post-secondary institution, either as first-time section or lab leaders or first-time sole instructors or co-instructors, while maintaining a strong academic record. Two awards of $500 each are distributed annually.

The award acknowledges a GEs investment in professional development. Recipients of this award must demonstrate their commitment to excellence in undergraduate education through participation in UO faculty development services, teacher trainings, and workshops and classes which are open and available to all instructors free of charge. Full day teacher trainings, offered by the Teaching Engagement Program (TEP), satisfy this requirement for first time teachers. These trainings provide basic teaching skills and provides an opportunity to practice teaching and receive feedback. Other comparable UO teacher training sessions may qualify. If you did not attend training through TEP, please submit a description of the teacher training you attended, including the number of hours and curriculum for the training.

All UO GEs who meet the criteria described above, and who are teaching during the current academic year are eligible to apply for this award. 


To be completed by the student:

  • Submit results of a student midterm feedback survey (conducted during week 4 or 5) and end-of-term student ratings summary evaluation (including student comments) for one course (or section or lab) taught during the 2017-18 academic year. Please include both the numerical results from your end-of-term evaluations and any student comments. More information about various options for administering a midterm feedback survey can be found here.
  • Attend a significant teacher training (either a day-long training with TEP or equivalent in the home department or elsewhere on campus OR two TEP workshops) and report all teaching development activities
  • Submit a one- or two-page statement of teaching philosophy. More information about teaching statements can be downloaded here
  • Criteria used to assess teaching philosophy statements can be found here


Applications will be reviewed during the summer and decisions made by mid-August. Please send only the materials requested. Additional materials will not be considered. For more information, please visit the Kimble page here:

To apply for this award, please click here:

Awards and Fellowships Application

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 29, 2018


Note for 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.

For more information, please contact: Jered Nagel at

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

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