What is the Excellence in Teaching Award?
The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of their university.
Two awards have been created to recognize the importance of excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students for future service as college and university faculty. One award will be given to a doctoral student and one to a master’s student.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION WINDOW?
The 2024-25 application window will open September 15, 2023. The submission deadline is December 8, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. central time.
Deadline extensions will not be granted; late submissions will not be accepted.
What IS THE AWARD?
$500 honorarium and nomination to the MAGS’ annual Excellence in Teaching Award competition.
HOW DO I APPLY?
A Graduate Program may submit one nomination for a master’s student and one nomination for a doctoral student. Programs submit a single PDF for each nominee of all application materials to email@example.com by the deadline.
- Letter of Support from the Department Chair or Head, see details below
- Curriculum Vitae
- Nominee’s Teaching Portfolio, maximum of six (6) pages, see details below
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
- Master’s or doctoral students registered in the University of Minnesota Graduate School during the 2023-24 academic year
- Hold a graduate student teaching appointment during the 2023 calendar year (e.g. Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and/or Fall 2023)
For more information about internal review and nomination procedures, please contact your Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or designated program support staff. If you have additional questions, contact the Graduate School Fellowship Office.
LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM DEPARTMENT CHAIR/HEAD
Expectations of content
Include a description of any departmental honors awarded to the student for excellence in teaching
NOMINEE’S TEACHING PORTFOLIO REQUIRED CONTENT
Expectations of content
Maximum of six (6) pages double spaced, 12-point font, and must include the following components (A - E) as headers:
a. Teaching Statement Philosophy
b. Evidence of instructional design for improved student learning
c. Teaching in Action Video
i. Electronic link to YouTube video (see instructions)
ii. 10-minute maximum
iii. A variety of teaching settings may be used for the video including, but not limited to, lecture, facilitated discussion, lab, etc. as appropriate to the course; focus is on the quality of teaching/learning, e.g. student engagement, enthusiasm, and knowledge of subject matter, rather than expertise in creating the video.
d. Evidence of effective student/colleague mentoring
i. Describe your experience with mentoring students outside the classroom, whether that be related to the courses you teach or in other settings.
ii. Additionally, describe any experience you have with mentoring your peers or colleagues in the context of teaching.
e. Evidence of professional development
i. Explain how you have used professional development opportunities to grow in your teaching excellence
ii. If appropriate, how have you aligned professional development in the feedback you have received on your teaching?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the review and selection considerations?
Selection criteria is based on the national guidelines. Up to 100 points are allocated as follows:
i. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (15 points)
ii. Evidence of instructional design for improved student learning (30 points)
iii. Video clip of “Teaching in Action” (30 points)
iv. Evidence of effective student/colleague mentoring (10 points)
v. Evidence of professional development (15 points)