University Exemplary Department or Program Award

The University Exemplary Department or Program Award recognizes the work of departments and/or programs that maintain exemplary teaching and learning environments for students and faculty. With this award, the university publicly honors the collaborative efforts and successes of a group of dedicated colleagues - actively performing work that is essential for sustaining a truly excellent academic environment. The University Exemplary Department or Program Awards are given in recognition that the academic excellence of individuals is achieved within distinctive working and learning environments to which many individuals contribute in essential ways. A total of $40,000 will be available for awards to the department(s) and/or program(s) as to be determined by the selection committee drawn from the university community.

The awards program was established as a part of the university's Faculty Rewards Project, a project which seeks to clarify the expectations of faculty and define appropriate rewards for accomplishments.

Award Theme

Each year, the Exemplary Department or Program Award focuses on a different theme. This year, departments and/or programs will be recognized for exemplifying inclusive excellence in teaching and learning.

Nomination Materials

Nominations are invited from students, faculty, or others who have benefited from the work of the nominated department(s) or program(s). Nomination packets must include 

  1. A nomination letter addressing four questions: 
    1. Generally, how has your department/program demonstrated exemplary teaching and learning environments for students and faculty?
    2. Specifically, how has your department/program exemplified inclusive excellence in teaching and learning?
    3. How has the department/program created positive learning and/or success outcomes for students by exemplifying inclusive excellence in teaching and learning? (In this section, use student learning and/or success outcome evidence to support effectiveness.)
    4. How will your department/program maintain its dedication to exemplifying inclusive excellence in teaching and learning?
  2. Letters of support from current and former faculty, students, administrators, agencies, and other beneficiaries, focused on the achievements of the department/program relative to this year's theme.

Nomination packets must be uploaded online as a single PDF file, not to exceed 20 pages, and be formatted in 12 point Arial font with 1" borders. If you have questions, please contact Tiffany Shoop. 

Nomination materials are due on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Themes

2020: Developing and sustaining effective approaches to teaching with a global perspective at the graduate or undergraduate levels.

Previous Recipients

List of Previous Recipients