Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recognizes the distinguished teaching of a graduate faculty member.

One award is presented annually, with nominations limited to one per graduate program. Past recipients of the award are eligible for nomination if five or more years have elapsed since they received the award. All prizes will be announced in spring of 2023.


To assist in identifying award nominees, the following criteria are suggested:

  • The nominee’s record of excellence in the classroom and laboratory as evidenced by course-instructor survey evaluations and letters of recommendation from students and colleagues
  • The nominee’s distinctive contribution in mentoring graduate students and helping them achieve their goals in academic or professional careers
  • The nominee’s record of supervising and serving on students’ thesis, report, recital and dissertation committees


Nominations must be submitted using the Graduate School’s online awards system. Nominations must be initiated by academic deans, department chairs, program directors or graduate advisers.

To complete the online application, collect the following:

  • A nomination letter from the academic dean, department chair, program director or graduate adviser briefly describing why this individual is being nominated
  • Three letters of support. Letters of support should point out the special character of the nominee’s teaching—both in organized classes and in the supervision of theses, reports, recitals, dissertations, and treatises, as applicable. The selection committee will be interested in the distinctive contribution that each nominee has made toward helping graduate students achieve their goals in academic or professional careers.
    Please provide letters of support from each of the following categories:
    • one from a current student of the nominee;
    • one from a former student;
    • and one from a colleague. 
  • A summary sheet listing graduate courses (including enrollments) taught in the last three years and overall averages of course-instructor survey evaluations
  • Course syllabi from graduate courses taught in the last three years
  • A list of master’s theses/reports/recitals or doctoral dissertations/treatises supervised by the nominee. Include a summary showing the number of students supervised and graduated and job placement information, if available.
  • A list of thesis/report/recital or dissertation/treatise committees on which the nominee has served. Include a summary showing the number of students.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita