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Nominations sought from campus community for Founder's Day awards

Excellence in teaching is recognized university-wide and campus-wide

Tuesday Jan 09, 2018

Each spring, Indiana University sets aside Founders Day as an occasion to acknowledge excellence in teaching. Awards for excellence in teaching are given both on a university-wide and campus-by-campus basis.

The IU Northwest Teaching Committee is responsible for designating local award winners. The local award for full-time and part-time faculty carries with it a monetary prize. An associate faculty award/monetary prize may also be given.

Nominations are welcome from all members of the IU Northwest community: faculty, staff, administrator and students. Individuals may not nominate themselves.

Nominations for this prestigious award are due by Monday, January 22 at 5 p.m.

The selection of the person receiving this award will be based on the following criteria:

· Cares about and has an effect on student learning
· Knows subject area
· Clearly states the objectives of the course
· Is well-prepared for each class session
· Explains the course material clearly and to the point
· Is enthusiastic about teaching the subject and makes the course stimulating
· Summarizes or emphasizes major points in the lecture, demonstration or discussion
· Is readily available for consultation with students
· Encourages students to ask questions and express their ideas or opinions
· Clearly explains how students will be evaluated in the course
· Gives exams or assigns papers which reflect the important aspects of the course
· Relates the subject matter to other academic disciplines or real world situations
· Periodically provides opportunities for students to assess their progress in the course
· Develops and maintains an atmosphere of mutual respect
· Continuously evaluates courses/reflects on teaching, making changes as needed
· Continuously develops professionally
· Develops courses and curriculum
· Shares expertise with colleagues

What's next after the nomination phase?

After the nomination process is closed, the Teaching Committee will contact the nominees and inform them that they have been nominated.

Applications will be due on Friday, February 24 at 5 p.m.

If nominated individuals wish to considered for the award, they will be asked to prepare an application/dossier containing the following information:

1. Teaching statement/philosophy of teaching (no more than five single-spaced pages)
2. A vita
3. Course numbers and titles of classes taught at IU Northwest for the past two years
4. Grade distributions for each course taught at IU Northwest for the past two years
5. Written and numerical student evaluations for the past two years
6. Representative instructional materials such as: two course syllabi, two tests/quizzes/assignments
7. Description of teaching workshops and student mentoring activities
8. Letters of support from students/colleagues/supervisors (no more than 10)
9. Relevant pedagogical publications and presentations (not required for part-time faculty)
10. Summary of course and program development activities
11. Schedule of classes for the spring semester

Members of the teaching committee will review the applications. Additional information regarding class visitations will be sent to three finalists for the full-time award and two finalists for the part-time award.


To nominate, please e-mail the name of your nominee(s) by Monday, January 22, to:

Jon Becker
Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science
Hawthorn Hall 431

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