Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

The Graduate Teaching Excellence Award is jointly sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies and is designed to recognize outstanding teaching performances by experienced graduate employee positions (GEs) who have demonstrated a commitment to developing their instructional skills, while at the same time excelling in their academic degree program.
One award of $1,000 will be made.  Awards will be announced before the end of spring term.
Eligibility, Nomination Process, and Deadline
The award acknowledges a GE's investment in professional development. Applicants need to have at least 5 terms of experience as an instructor (sole instructor, lab or discussion leader), a record of excellence in their instructional duties, and an exemplary academic record.
Each department or program within the University is eligible to nominate one GE. All UO GEs who meet the criteria above in this academic year are eligible to be nominated for this award.
To be submitted by the student:
  1. A statement (no more than 500 words on no more than two pages) addressing your teaching philosophy and describing the most important things you have learned about teaching.
  2. A list of the courses you have taught, including term, course name and number, course enrollment, whether or not you were a sole instructor, discussion leader, or TA. A description of the teacher training and professional development activities in which you have participated.
To be submitted by the academic department:
  1. 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.
  2. A copy of the student's quantitative teaching evaluation summary for each course listed. DO NOT include student comment summaries.

To apply for this award, please click here:

Awards and Fellowships Application

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 15, 2019


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 immigration status or work eligibility.

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