Teaching Excellence Award
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P.O. Box 873402
Tempe, AZ 85287-3402
Phone: (480) 727-9870
To recognize and foster excellence in graduate student teaching across all disciplines on all ASU campuses.
This program recognizes graduate and professional students that exemplify excellence in education and classroom instruction. Teaching assistants/associates instructors at any ASU campus are eligible for nomination.
Any ASU undergraduate or graduate student, staff, or faculty member may nominate graduate students for outstanding teaching. This can be as a lab or classroom TA, course instructor (classroom based, hybrid, or online), Graduate Student Faculty Associate (FA), or session leader holding a consistent teaching schedule. Nominees must have a teaching assignment during the semester they are nominated to be eligible and must be available for an in-class or online observation by a member of the TEA peer review panel. No exceptions can be made to this requirement.
Nominees will be contacted with more information shortly following the close of nominations (February 15, 2017).
Each nominee will submit a teaching portfolio and online application. Materials are due March 1, 2017.
Peer reviewers will score these materials and advance a group of semi-finalists. These semi-finalists will be observed teaching. Evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to, classroom/session organization and content, instructor/TA presentation, instructor/TA-student interaction, and effective use of materials and media. Each TEA nominee is evaluated by 4-5 trained TEA peer-reviewers.
Previous TEA recipients are not eligible to receive the award; however, those who are nominated again will be acknowledged with a Continuing Excellence Award.
These awards are prestigious, and recipients are recognized on the GPSA website, GradStu Listserv, and through a Press Release to ASU Insight. Awards are announced near the end of the Spring semester.
To make a nomination, please complete the nomination form.
Spring nominations period opens: January 15, 2017
Spring nominations due: February 15, 2017
Spring nominees’ applications & portfolios due: March 1, 2017
Spring decisions announced: TBD
Awards luncheon: April 2017
The TEA program is run by the Office of Professional Development, overseen by the Vice President of Professional Development and the Director of Awards. The VP PD and the Director of Awards and TEA peer-reviewers are ineligible for the competition.
- Complete ZoomGrants Awards Application. The following documents are uploaded into ZoomGrants:
- A current CV (4 page maximum) focused on teaching. Please do not include your name on the CV, as we maintain a blind review process.
- Teaching Philosophy
- Course Syllabus
TEA was re-established after a hiatus during the first GPSA Legislative Assembly (2003-2004) by then-GPSA President Brian Collier. (The program was formerly run by undergraduates to recognize their best TAs.) During each of its first two years, 15 excellent graduate student instructors were recognized. In 2005-2006 the program expanded to 22 awardees, partially as a result of the increasing number of truly excellent graduate instructors and TAs and partially as a result of expanding the nomination period to both fall and spring. Since that time, no fewer than 20 awards have been bestowed each year. While the monetary awards given to winners are modest, the recognition for excellent teaching from peers and students is immeasurable. We hope that the program helps to spark increasing efforts at innovative, highly effective teaching and learning. Moreover, those who become involved with the program often regard it as one of the most rewarding activities in which they take part with GPSA.