Posts tagged #Humanities

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.

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.

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.

American Academy of Religion: Excellence in Teaching Award

Nomination Criteria:

·       Outstanding performance as a classroom teacher, as demonstrated by the teaching statement, representative syllabi, student evaluations, peer observations, teaching awards, and other forms of peer recognition.

·       Development of innovative and/or exceptionally effective teaching methods, courses and curricular materials, including the incorporation of technology in the classroom, community-based education, grant projects and/or contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

·       Commitment to professional identity as a teacher of religion, including student or peer mentoring, workshop facilitation or design, and/or educational leadership at the local institution or professional societies.

·       At least five years' experience in teaching in higher education.

Selection: Members of the Committee on Teaching and Learning will assess the applications. The Award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony held at the AAR Annual Meeting. The award recipient also will be featured at a Special Topics Forum.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Fall.