THE PROVOST’S AWARD for TEACHING EXCELLENCE in GENERAL EDUCATION
The deadline for submission has passed.
The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education (GenEd) recognizes excellence in GenEd course development and innovation, and teaching. One award will be made available each year, and the winner will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $5,000.
The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence in GenEd is open to all full‐time university faculty who have taught a GenEd course in the 2017 calendar year and meet the criteria stated below. No faculty member may receive this award more than once every five years.
Nominees for the award are expected to meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Significant participation in the development of a GenEd course, or the evolution and refinement of an existing course to more adequately meet GenEd goals;
- Evidence of continuous effort to create and implement engaging, student-centered strategies designed to promote the achievement of GenEd goals; and/or
- Integration of Philadelphia’s rich cultural landscape into the GenEd classroom.
The GenEd program contains required, desirable and area specific goals. A candidate need not provide evidence related to all of these, but may focus on providing evidence of teaching that effectively addresses one goal, or a select number of goals.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Candidates not selected for the award may nominate or be nominated in subsequent years.
Please submit all materials in electronic form to Dana Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. Where possible, save items as pdf’s and collate into one complete document. Where a faculty member has taught more than one GenEd course over the relevant calendar year, it is permissible to address and provide examples from more than one course.
The nomination packet should include:
- ONE letter of nomination that speaks to each of the three criteria above (can be from the faculty member’s department chair or program director);
- ONE letter of support from the faculty member’s department chair or program director (may be the same as the letter of nomination);
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae;
- A statement of the nominee’s teaching philosophy (limited to a maximum of 1000 words); and
- A MAXIMUM OF THREE supporting documents that have direct bearing on the nominee’s GenEd teaching achievements AND provide evidence of one or more of the following: (1) the development of a new GenEd course or the evolution of an existing one (2) items demonstrating the use of strategies learned at conferences, in the literature on how students learn, or through the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, or (3) assignments that incorporate elements of Philadelphia’s social, political and/or economic heritage.
Winner of The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education, 2017:
PEPE GIMÉNEZ, assistant professor of instruction in mathematics
College of Science and Technology
“What I feel that sets Jose apart is his strong desire to bring out the best in his students. If he felt you could be doing better, might be struggling or simply walked past you on campus, he would approach you respectfully, smiling and with your best interest in mind.” — former student, KLN ’15
A list of previous winners can be found here.