Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence


The College of Agriculture established the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence to recognize and reward the great efforts faculty members take in teaching meaningful, useful and relevant information to our students in innovative ways that best prepare students for their chosen careers.


The Awards

The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence will be made annually to an individual winner. The winner will receive $2,000 in program support as well as a plaque recognizing this accomplishment.



All tenured and tenure-track faculty with regular teaching responsibilities are eligible. Department Heads/Chairs, the Dean and Associate Deans are not eligible. Recipients of this award will not be eligible for this award for the next two years, but will become eligible again after two years.


Criteria for Evaluation of the Award

The recipient of the award will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and service to our students in a manner that exceeds normal expectations for assigned teaching duties. Innovative approaches to teaching and examples of dedicated efforts are expected of the selected award winner.



The following information should be provided for each candidate who is nominated.

  • Letter of nomination from a faculty member providing a complete explanation of how the nominee has excelled in responsibilities associated with teaching. This letter should address teaching activities or other direct interactions with students, examples of innovations in teaching, examples of new courses (if any), student organizations advised, service on teaching-related committees, and professional development activities related to teaching. Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • Brief curriculum vita, documenting academic credentials, overall experience in teaching and any formal recognition for teaching excellence, including awards.

Completed nomination packets will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee with a recommendation from the committee made to the Dean. The Dean will have the final approval.


Presentation of Award

The award will be presented at the annual College of Agriculture awards program.

Nomination Form