Specialized Faculty Teaching Award

The Specialized Faculty Teaching Award recognizes teaching associates who excel as teachers in the classroom and/or laboratory instruction in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

The Award

Each year the college presents one Specialized Faculty Teaching Award. The recipient receives a $1,000 personal award and a certificate of recognition.


Nominees for the Specialized Faculty Teaching Award must have held a paid appointment as a specialized faculty member in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, with primary instructor responsibility for at least one course for at least three years at the time of nomination.

Individuals on disability, sabbatical leave, and leave without pay are not eligible during leave; however, these leaves are not considered interruptions of service time for subsequent years. Members of the faculty who are full-time administrators are not eligible for the award. 

A faculty member may only receive the Specialized Faculty Teaching Award once. If an issue arises concerning the eligibility for an award, the issue will be decided by the appropriate associate dean and policy committee chair, depending upon the award for which the nomination has been made.


The nominee must be declared eligible by the unit head. Each department may only nominate one nominee per award. The nomination must be submitted electronically by the department contact before the nomination deadline.

Nomination packets must include all materials described below in a single PDF and should be formatted in at least 11-point Calibri or equivalent font; single-spaced; and 1-inch margins. Please follow this outline when submitting a nomination: 

1. Nomination cover sheet(you must download the form from Box to complete it). The cover sheet includes biographical and statistical information including education, employment record, and relevant affiliations. 

2. Letter of nomination: The letter of nomination must be co-signed by the nominator and the unit head. The letter should present the case for the nominee in the following areas: 1)demonstration of the importance of the nominee’s courses to the instructional program of the unit, the nominee’s overall impact on undergraduates (both past and present) 2) a chart showing year and semester, course number, enrollment, and level of students taught for all courses taught by the nominee within the last three years. A key should be included to indicate the course title for each course number listed on the chart 3) selected comments from evaluation forms. Contributions to unit and college goals of diversity, equity and inclusion should be noted (six page maximum).

3.  ICES Scores

4. Curriculum vitae

5. Letters of support: No more than two letters of support from faculty members directly involved in the nominee’s teaching activities, or individuals having knowledge about the nominee’s teaching activities and no more than two letters of support from former students (two page maximum). 


Nominees will be evaluated in terms of consistent excellent performance; impact on students; innovative approaches to teaching; other contributions to improved instruction, including curriculum and course development; and professional contributions to the academic community. The award recipient will be selected by the appropriate college level advisory/policy committee. The chair of the selection committee, in consultation with its members, shall develop guidelines for the committee’s operation.

The selection committee may decide against granting an award if no meritorious candidate has been nominated. The selection committee shall submit its recommendations for a recipient to the dean. The dean shall notify the recipient, the appropriate associate dean, and unit head.