College of LAS « Illinois

Dean's Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in fulfillment of its mission, is devoted to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The purpose of the award program is to reward and honor the College's best teachers. Supported by alumni and friends of the College. The LAS Awards Committee will review and rank the applications received. As many as four awards may be made annually. Departments are encouraged to submit one nomination. If eligible, nominations submitted for the Dean’s Award will also be reviewed for the Lynn Martin and Humanities Awards. A faculty member can only be chosen for one of these awards in the same year. If a faculty member receives any LAS College Award they will not be eligible for a second College award during the next ten-year period.

Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated in terms of achievement according to the following established criteria:

  1. Sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  2. Positive impact on undergraduate student learning.
  3. Innovative approaches to undergraduate teaching.
  4. Other contributions to improve undergraduate instruction. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: Engaging students in the classroom; developing courses and curricula; mentoring graduate teaching assistants; leading workshops on pedagogy; advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning; or making other multidimensional contributions beyond the classroom, laboratory, or studio.

Award

An award of $1000 is placed in a discretionary account to support the recipient's teaching and research. In addition, an increment of $3500 will be added to the annual salary base of each recipient. Recipients also receive a commemorative plaque which is presented at the LAS Recognition of Teaching Excellence.

Eligibility

The eligibility requirements for this award and the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are one and the same. Further, a faculty member who receives any LAS College award will not be eligible for a second College award during the next ten-year period, although such a person may be nominated again through this process for the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching during that ten-year period, if she/he remains eligible for that award.

Nomination

The nomination for this award and the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are one and the same. The criteria and procedures are included in the Provost's Guidelines on Awards for Excellence in Instruction, Advising, and Research. In addition to the campus procedures, all materials must be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font, single-spaced. The LAS Awards Committee will review and rank the applications received. Each faculty member selected as a winner of the Dean's Award will be nominated for the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching if eligible. In cases in which a faculty member is not eligible in a given year for a college award but is eligible for a campus award, the strongest nominations as determined by the Awards Committee will be forwarded. A pdf of the nomination packet should be emailed to: amyelli@illinois.edu. If needed, a paper copy can be sent to: LAS AWARDS COMMITTEE, c/o Amy Elli, 2090 Lincoln Hall MC-448.

The deadlines for submission to the department and to the college correspond to those for the campus awards:

Award Nomination Deadlines
Date Deadlines
Mid-November, 2016 Recommended deadline for nominations to departmental selection committee.
January 5, 2017 Deadline for nominations from departments to the College.
End of January, 2017 Deadline for College nominations to the Campus.

Updated July 2016