Outstanding Teaching Award

Continuing a 50-year tradition, the MTSU Foundation will fund awards again this year.

Past Recipients

Click here for a complete listing of past recipients.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Clear and compelling evidence of innovative course development, materials and content that together inspire students' curiosity and creativity.
  • Clear and compelling commitment to and evidence of continuous improvement and innovation in the preparation of course materials.
  • Clear and compelling focus on student engagement in the learning process through innovative and inclusive teaching techniques.
  • Sustained high performance in student evaluations of teaching (SET) for more than one course, at any level.
  • Clearly articulated syllabi that present how major assignments and assessments align with learning outcomes.
  • Compelling recommendations from students, peer faculty and department chair that speak to nominees' curriculum quality and classroom expertise.
  • Employment of a variety of teaching tools and media.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement.
  • Clear and compelling academic interaction with students beyond the classroom, such as sponsorship of student organizations, field experiences, and student research.
  • Additional extraordinary commitment to teaching including mentoring students, service learning, engagement, advising, career preparation, and thesis/dissertation advising.

Guidelines for Nomination and Submission

  1. The deadline for nominations is March 15. Faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni may nominate a faculty member by sending an email to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (cheryl.torsney@mtsu.edu) with “Outstanding Teaching Award Nomination” in the subject line and a brief rationale in the body of the message. Faculty may also self-nominate using the same procedure.
  2. Only full-time faculty who have worked at MTSU for at least four years may apply.
  3. Previous award winners may apply five years after the receipt of their last award.
  4. Nominees will be evaluated using an ePortfolio created in D2L.  No hard copy portfolios will be accepted.
  5. Training for creating ePortfolios will take place in the Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Technologies Center (LT&ITC).
  6. Faculty will present a completed ePortfolio by the April 15 deadline, after which no revisions or additions may be made.

EPortfolio Required Application Materials

  1. Cover page/home page with the following information
    1. Nominee’s name and title (ex: Jane Doe, Ph.D., Associate Professor)
    2. Department
    3. Contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and MTSU email address
  2. Contents of ePortfolio
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. A statement of teaching philosophy
    3. A three-five page statement highlighting the nominee’s excellence in teaching in relation to the award criteria
    4. Syllabi for three courses taught in the last three years and the following materials from each course:
    5. An example of assessments used to evaluate student achievement of learning outcomes from each course
    6. An example of student engagement in learning from each course (e.g., active learning strategies, field experiences, service learning, learning communities, and/or student research)
    7. Documents that illustrate the nominee's approach to continuous quality improvement of innovative course materials
    8. One-page summaries of student evaluations from all courses taught over the last three years. When possible, results should be displayed in comparison to appropriate cohort group (i.e., department, college, or modality)
  3. Suggested Supporting Materials (if applicable)
    1. Additional evidence of academic interaction with students beyond the classroom
    2. Evidence of commitment to professional instructional development
    3. Published and presented Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
    4. Others (as appropriate)
  4. Required Letters of Support
    1. Nominees must provide names and contact information for at least five students, from whom letters of support will be solicited. These letters will be sent directly to the review committee to protect confidentiality.
    2. Nominees must provide names and contact information for at least three faculty, staff, or administrators familiar with the nominee’s curriculum, teaching, advising, and/or mentoring, from whom letters of support will be solicited. These letters will be sent directly to the review committee to protect confidentiality.

Final Selection

The appropriate university awards committee will meet and rank the candidates. The committee chair will send the ranked list to the provost.  Awards, to be made in consultation with the MTSU Office of Development, will be announced at the Annual Fall Faculty meeting.