Council on Undergraduate Research - Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation (BGSF) Program (hereafter Goldwater Scholars (GS) Program) request nominations of an outstanding faculty mentor for the CUR-Goldwater Scholars (CUR-GS) Faculty Mentor Award. The faculty mentor must conduct her/his research in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline (as defined by the Goldwater Scholars program), and must have mentored at least three (3) Goldwater Scholars during his/her career.

$5000 will be awarded to the recipient’s institution and dedicated to support of the faculty mentor’s research program and/or current undergraduate researchers.

More information HERE.

Posted on September 8, 2016 and filed under Fall.

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching

The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers who have contributed to the profession by inspiring students at the undergraduate or graduate levels or by creating innovative and influential textbooks or other materials for teaching medieval subjects.

This award of $1000 is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy.

More information HERE.

Posted on September 8, 2016 and filed under Fall.

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

Each year, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards will solicit nominations from the general public and notable public figures, providing the opportunity to submit stories about teachers and professors who made a significant difference in their lives.

Nominations must be made by alumni (former students).

On March 22, Stephen Sondheim's birthday, a select number of these teachers will each receive The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award - $10,000 in appreciation for their contributions to the field of teaching. Awardees will also be showcased, along with the people they inspired, on The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards web site.

More information HERE.

Posted on August 1, 2016 and filed under Spring.

College Art Association: Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award

The Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award, established in 1977, is presented to an individual who has been actively engaged in teaching art history for most of his or her career. Among the range of criteria that may be applied in evaluating candidates are: inspiration to a broad range of students in the pursuit of humanistic studies; rigorous intellectual standards and outstanding success in both scholarly and class presentation; contribution to the advancement of knowledge and methodology in the discipline, including integration of art-historical knowledge with other disciplines; and aid to students in the development of their careers.

CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2017 awards. Please review the guidelines to familiarize yourself with the nomination process and to download, complete, and submit the requested materials. Deadline: July 31, 2016, for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Awards, and the Frank Jewett Mather Award; August 31, 2016, for all others.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Historical Association: Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award

Established in 1986, the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and advocacy for history teaching at two-year, four-year, and graduate colleges and universities. The award is named for the late Eugene Asher, for many years a leading advocate for history teaching. The Society for History Education shares the sponsorship of the award.


The award is intended for inspiring teachers whose techniques and mastery of subject matter made a real difference to students of history. Nominations of mentors or teaching colleagues are appropriate. An individual may not nominate his or her thesis adviser (current or within the past five years). At the time of nomination, a nominee must still be alive but may be retired or emeritus. 

Nomination Process

Up to five letters of nomination (no more than two pages each) should be submitted to the AHA no later than May 15, 2017.  Only the letter(s) of nomination should be e-mailed to Please be sure to include "Asher Prize Nomination" in the subject line. Generally, one individual serves as the organizer for the nomination, writes one of the letters nominating the individual, and contacts individuals to write additional letters of support. Each letter of nomination must include current contact information (home, work, phone, and e-mail) of the nominee.

Selection and Notfication

The prize committee will select aa short list of finalists, each of whom will be asked to provide a short CV, syllabus (or syllabi), and a teaching statement (5 pages or fewer).  Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2017 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

Archeological Institute of America: Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

The AIA Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award Committee invites nominations for the 2016 award. This prize may be awarded to up to one individual every year and includes a certificate of award. Individuals worthy of this award must have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of archaeology; developed innovative teaching methods or interdisciplinary curricula; a minimum of five years of teaching experience prior to being nominated, currently be engaged in teaching; and they must be members of the AIA in good standing.

Nominations should be made by letter and accompanied by a dossier of supporting materials. They should be made by individuals familiar with the candidate's teaching, such as administrators, departmental chairpersons or colleagues, former students, or faculty in other departments or institutions. Dossiers should include:

1) The nominating letter indicating how the candidate meets the criteria of the award
2) A current curriculum vitae of the nominee;
3) Four letters of recommendation, including at least one each from a student, a colleague, and academic superior;
4) A brief description of all relevant courses taught during the past five years, including some representative syllabi and course materials.

More information here.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Fall.

American Political Science Association: CQ Press Award for Teaching Recognition

CQ Press Publisher is the sponsor the 2014 CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation (CQ Press in an imprint of SAGE). The award carries a $500 cash stipend and recognizes a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in the discipline. The award seeks to honor a wide range of new directions in teaching. For example, one year, a professor might be chosen because of an innovative course syllabus, and in another year, a professor may be honored for using a new multimedia approach to reaching students. The only limits on what will be recognized are the imagination and creativity of those teaching political science.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Political Science Association: Distinguished Teaching Award

The APSA Distinguished Teaching Award honors the outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching of political science at two- and four-year institutions. The contribution may span several years or an entire career, or it may be a single project of exceptional impact. The award carries a $1,000 prize.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology

This award was established in 1997 to recognize teachers who have contributed to and encouraged the study of anthropology. The successful teaching of anthropology is at the core of producing successful anthropologists. By transferring knowledge and encouraging interest and study, the teacher is able to contribute significantly to the increasing success of the field of anthropology. Without such people the growth of anthropology would be stifled. This is your opportunity to recognize educators who have contributed significantly to furthering the field of anthropology; the Association relies on you to provide nominations. Please take advantage of this opportunity.  The winner of this award will receive a small stipend for travel to the annual meeting.

Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of AAA Award Nomination Materials:

Each nomination packet should include a letter of recommendation in support of the nominee. The letter should provide a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and it should demonstrate (not merely assert) the nominee's qualifications. The packet should include supporting materials, which should not be expected to stand on their own. We encourage the inclusion of statements by former students or others that have benefited from the educational mentoring of the nominee. In other words, these materials should support the case being made in the nomination letter, demonstrating its assertions. The nomination packet should not exceed 25 pages. Please note that nominees are considered for three years. Those not chosen in the first year will be considered for two more years. If desired, nomination packets can be updated by March 1 each year, or nominations can be withdrawn from consideration.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese: Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards

The AATSP Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are given to teachers of Spanish or Portuguese representing the following four categories and a $500 honorarium for the winner teachers accompanies this award:

A. Elementary Level: Grades K-8
B. Secondary Level 9-12
C. Two-year college level
D. College or university level

Teachers who wish to be candidates for these awards must follow the procedures outlined below.

ELIGIBILITY: To be considered, the nominee must meet the following requirements:

1. Membership in the national AATSP for at least five consecutive years. 
2. Provide evidence of teaching Spanish or Portuguese for at least five consecutive years at any level of instruction.
3. Your application materials should include:

a. Completed Awards Application Form (DOC)
b. A current curriculum vitae or resume (no longer than 10 pages in length) 
c. At least two, but no more than five, letters of recommendation which may include letters from administrators, colleagues, or other significant references. Letters of recommendation should be written by those who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate's teaching abilities. Letters should provide evidence of outstanding teaching from a variety of sources such as direct classroom observation; students evaluations; teaching portfolios including videos; review of course syllabi and print and on-line teaching materials. 
d. A personal statement. The candidate should provide evidence of professional excellence in teaching Spanish or Portuguese in a two-or three-page statement which presents the candidate's teaching philosophy and involvement in related activities and professional organizations. In this position statement the candidate may comment on any of the following topics:

1. How are students inspired to want to speak Spanish or Portuguese and to develop proficiency in the other language skills? 
2. How are creativity and ingenuity used in planning classroom activities that help to challenge students? 
3. What type of activities are used to develop critical thinking and higher order thinking skills?
4. How is a sense of global understanding developed in the students? 
5. To what extent has the candidate demonstrated leadership and participation
6. In what way has the candidate shared knowledge or information with colleagues?

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Association of Teachers of German: Outstanding German Educator Award

Recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. Awards are presented to: an elementary, middle school or junior high school educator; a high school educator; and a post-secondary educator. The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in Berlin provides honorees with the Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Travel Grant.

A nominee’s dossier should document five or more years of demonstrated excellence in German education; active membership in the local AATG chapter; creative leadership in German language education; impact in local, state, or national arenas; and continued growth as a German educator.

The following factors should be considered:

  Excellence in teaching

    Knowledge of subject matter

  1.       Functions with a high degree of proficiency in German
  2.       Knows and understands the cultures of the German-speaking world
  3.       Uses knowledge of subject matter to involve and direct students in meaningful learning
  4.       Uses methods which foster language acquisition

    Awareness of students’ learning

  1.       Develops student proficiencies, increases their knowledge, strengthens their cultural
  2.         understanding
  3.       Creates an inclusive, caring and challenging learning environment
  4.       Fosters critical and creative thinking in students
  5.       Sets goals which insure that all students have the opportunity to learn
  6.       Differentiates instruction

    Student rapport

  1.       Values each student as an individual
  2.       Encourages open communication with students and parents
  3.       Promotes fairness, equity and strength through diversity

    Intellectual growth of students

  1.       Helps students understand how their learning can be applied
  2.       Helps students develop an awareness of other points of view

Professional growth and contributions

  1.   Continues development and growth in subject area and teaching strategies
  2.   Collaborates in curriculum development and assessment
  3.   Shares knowledge and experience through professional writings or presentations
  4.   Demonstrates leadership in professional organizations on the in local, state, or national level

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Association of Teachers of French: Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award

The AATF invites nominations for four annual awards for outstanding teachers, one at each level: elementary school, middle school or junior high school, high school, and postsecondary (university, college, or community college). The purpose of the award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated excellence and commitment in the teaching of the French language and French and Francophone cultures and literatures. Each winner will receive a certificate from the AATF recognizing his or her outstanding contribution to the teaching of French and a one-year complimentary membership in the AATF for 2014, a cash award, and a one-year subscription to Le Français dans le monde. An official presentation will be made at the AATF Awards Banquet in New Orleans in July 2014. Nominations may be made by any AATF member in good standing or by an AATF Chapter. The nominee must be an active member of the AATF. The selection committee will consist of two members of the AATF Executive Council and one member at large. Any nomination that does not conform to the guidelines below in length or content will not be considered. A teacher may receive the award only one time at a given level. If there is no suitable candidate at a given level, the AATF reserves the right not to make an award. The AATF will acknowledge the recipients of the awards by sending a letter to their principal and/or supervisor and will issue a press release, if requested. The National Bulletin will include a feature article on the recipients.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South: Award for Excellence in College Teaching

This award recognizes outstanding college and university teachers of Classics. The honoree receives $500 and is encouraged to accept the award in person at the annual CAMWS business meeting.

The nominee must be a member in good standing of CAMWS and teach classical subjects at a college or university. Both full- and part-time teachers (who teach at least half-time with a mininum of five years teaching experience) are eligible for this award. Nominees will be eligible for consideration for three consecutive years, provided that CAMWS membership remains current in each year of consideration. No previous winner of the award is eligible to apply a second time.

If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the Teaching Awards Subcommittee at

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) confers an annual award for outstanding teaching and mentoring in areas related to the psychological study of social issues. This award recognizes teaching excellence in a variety of contexts.

Eligibility: Nominees should be SPSSI members who have made substantial contributions to students in the psychological study of social issues. To be eligible, an individual must have been teaching and/or mentoring students for at least 5 years full time since the doctoral degree. Nominees may teach at graduate degree granting institutions, Bachelor’s degree universities and colleges, or two-year and community colleges.

Nominations/Applications: To apply, send your nomination materials via email to the committee chair listed below. The materials should include the following:

1) Nominee’s statement (1-3 pages) of teaching/mentoring philosophy, goals, and accomplishments, especially as related to the psychological study of social issues.

2) Curriculum vitae.

3) Summarized student evaluation data (3 page maximum).

4) 3 letters of support; at least one coming from a current or former student

5) Relevant documentation of teaching excellence pertaining to the instruction of social issues (limited to 7 pages). Nominees do not need to demonstrate excellence in all areas. Examples include evidence of:

a. Outstanding classroom teaching

b. Teaching in the community (e.g., presentations or workshops that bring the psychological study of social issues to nonacademic audiences)

d. Teaching-related committee work or scholarship and/or

e. Exceptional course syllabi for highlighting instruction on social issues,

6) Relevant documentation of mentoring excellence (limited to 7 pages). Nominees do not need to demonstrate excellence in all areas. Examples include evidence of:

a. One-on-one mentoring of graduate students (including research mentorship, advising and clinical    supervision)

b. One-on-one mentoring of undergraduate students (including research mentorship and advising)

c. Evidence of supporting student involvement in social justice, policy and change

d. Current and past student achievements

Self-nominations are encouraged. Recipients receive $1000 and a plaque and will be recognized in the Teaching and Learning column in the SPSSI Forward newsletter. Honorable Mention awardees will receive one year of free SPSSI membership. 

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.

Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Outstanding Teachers

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) announces awards program for outstanding teachers of psychology. Teaching awards of $1500 and a plaque are bestowed for outstanding performance in the following categories:

1. 4-year colleges or universities (Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award)

2. First 7 years of full-time teaching at any level (Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award)

3. Graduate student (Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award)

4. Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

More information HERE.



Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.

Economic History Association: Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History

The annual Jonathan Hughes Prize is awarded to recognize excellence in teaching economic history. Jonathan Hughes was an outstanding scholar and a committed and influential teacher of economic history. The prize includes a $1,200 cash award. The winner is selected by the EHA Committee on Education and Teaching.

The Committee on Education of the Economic History Association invites nominations for the fourteenth annual Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History. Letters of nomination should state what qualities of excellence the candidate’s teaching of economic history has embodied. The strength of the nominating letter will be the primary basis for selecting the pool of finalists for the prize. After arriving at a short list of finalists, the committee will gather further supporting information. Anyone is eligible to write a letter of nomination.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.

Southern Economic Association: Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Awards

 The Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Economic Association annually honors one or more faculty members for outstanding contributions to economics education. Nominations for the 2014 awards will be solicited from economics department heads, from each institution in the southern part of the United States, in the spring of 2014. Nominees who are not selected are automatically placed in the pool of nominees for the subsequent year for a period of three years.

Ken Elzinga, Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia,--first recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship--is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished, effective, and influential educators in the economics profession during a distinguished teaching and research career at the University of Virginia, that has spanned over 35 years. Ken is creative and versatile in the classroom sharing his thoughts effectively with large groups of students studying the principles of economics, and using the Socratic Method, when working with students in a more advanced setting. He is a pioneer in the use of literature to explore economic reasoning which led to his writing murder mysteries that can be solved by careful economic analysis. Ken’s style of instruction and commitment to helping students develop an understanding of and appreciation for economic reasoning and insights serve as an inspiration for economic educators, so it is fitting for exemplary economic educators to be honored with an award in his name.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 .

American Sociological Association: Annual Award for Scholarly Contributions to Teaching and Learning


The ASA Section on Teaching and Learning seeks nominations for the Award for Scholarly Contributions to Teaching and Learning.  This award recognize scholarship that advances teaching and learning by contributing insights into the educational process, presents innovative teaching methods, and fosters significant, long-lasting learning. The awardee will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of these areas:

  • Documented contribution to our understanding of the teaching and learning process
  • Implemented innovation that enhances the learning process
  • Programmatic guidelines that have been implemented in teaching and learning settings
  • New teaching methods made available to the instructional community.

The award will be presented to an individual, a team of collaborators, or a formal program, at least one of which is a member of the American Sociological Association. Any work published, implemented, or presented in the past three years will be eligible for this award.

Nomination Portfolio:

  1. Nominating letter describing in general the contributions of the candidate to the scholarship on teaching and learning, not exceeding two pages.
  2. Presentation of evidence-based scholarship
  3. Journal and book publication(s) relating to the project and/or
  4. Documentation of course/program development (course syllabi, program literature, web-site pages) and/or
  5. Listing of presentations of the contribution to professional and non-professional publics, including scholarly publications conference presentation, media, web-site coverage, etc.
  6. Curriculum vitae for nominee, or for key individuals among the collaborative team. 

The portfolio should be submitted as a single file that contains all elements in the order listed.

Questions regarding nominations and portfolio submission should  be directed to with subject line SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTION AWARD NOMINATION

More information HERE. 

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Sociological Association: Section on Teaching and Learning Hans O. Mauksch Award


The ASA Section on Teaching and Learning seeks nominations for the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology. Jossey-Bass has generously agreed to provide $250 in books of his/her choice to each recipient of the award.

Nominees must be members of the American Sociological Association.

For questions concerning nominations and portfolio submission, please contact T & L Award Committee, with subject line HANS O MAUKSCH AWARD NOMINATION.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.