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 to be recognized for outstanding teaching. This can be as a lab or classroom TA, course instructor (class-room based, hybrid, or on-line), 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 reviewer. No exceptions can be made to this requirement.
Nominees will be contacted with more information shortly following the close of nominations (Friday, February 20, 2015). Each nominee will be asked to submit a teaching portfolio and be observed while teaching. Evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to, classroom/session organization and content, instructor/TA presentation style, instructor/TA-student interaction, and effective use of materials and media. All steps of the evaluation process will be carried out by the TEA peer reviewers.
Previous TEA recipients are not eligible to receive the award in subsequent years; however, those who are nominated again will be acknowledged with a Continuing Excellence Award demonstrating a continued commitment to superior teaching.
These awards are prestigious, and recipients are recognized and announced on the GPSA website, GradStu Listserv, and through a Press Release to ASU Insight. Awards are announced near the end of the Spring semester.
Nominations for outstanding graduate student teachers may be submitted by undergraduates, graduate students, staff or faculty. Nominees may be a lab or classroom TA, course instructor (class-room based, hybrid or on-line), graduate student Faculty Associate (FA), or session leader holding a consistent teaching schedule from any ASU campus. In order to be eligible, the nominee must have a teaching assignment during the semester they are nominated. No exceptions to this policy can be made.
If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact GPSA’s Vice President of Internal Affairs.
To make a nomination, please complete the nomination form.
Fall nominations period opens: Monday, September 29, 2014 5:00 PM AZ time
Fall nominations due: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:00 PM AZ time
Fall nominees’ portfolios due: Friday, October 24, 2014 11:59 PM AZ time
Fall decisions announced: December
Spring nominations period opens: Monday, January 5, 2015
Spring nominations due: Friday, February 20, 2015, 5:00 PM AZ time
Spring nominees’ portfolios due: Monday, March 2, 2015 5:00 PM AZ time
Spring decisions announced: April
Awards luncheon: Late Spring
The TEA program is run by the Office of Internal Affairs, overseen by the Vice President of Internal Affairs and the Director of Graduate Research. Each TEA nominee is evaluated by 4-5 trained TEA peer-reviewers. The VPIA, Director of Graduate Research, and the Assistant Directors of Teaching Excellence, and TEA peer-reviewers are ineligible for the competition.
- There are two rounds of nominations and application acceptance (Fall, Spring).
- Nominees submitting full portfolios (CV, teaching philosophy, course syllabus and opportune times for in-class or online evaluation) are assessed by 4-5 TEA peer-reviewers.
- Winners are announced at the end of each semester.
- Awards are given at TEA luncheon near the end of the Spring semester.
- Awardees names are submitted to ASU Insight magazine, the GradStu listserv, and on the GPSA website in late Spring.
TEA was re-established after some hiatus during the 1st GPSA Legislative Assembly (2003-2004) by then-GPSA President Brian Collier. (The program was formerly run by the 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 from fall only 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, in some small way, 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.
This program is administered through the GPSA Office of Internal Affairs. If you have any questions, contact the Vice President of Internal Affairs.
Past Award Recipients