The selection process must begin with a formal nomination letter by a UNI graduate student or Regular Graduate Faculty within a graduate program, to be sent digitally to the Associate Dean of the Graduate College. Deadline for nominations is December 7, 2018. The nominee will be contacted by the Graduate College and asked to submit a package of materials for review. Deadline for receipt of materials is February 1, 2019 by 4.30 p.m. The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award Selection Committee will consist of one appointed member of the Regular Graduate Faculty from each college (two for CHAS), and one full-time graduate student, chaired ex officio by the Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs. The Awardee will be recognized at the annual Graduate Faculty meeting in April. The Awardee will receive a plaque and subsequently a $1000 award through payroll.
Eligibility and Criteria
Nominees must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track member of the Regular Graduate Faculty for a minimum of three years at the time of nomination. Faculty may not apply for the Distinguished Scholar Award, the James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award or another UNI teaching award in the same academic year. A faculty member may receive the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award only once. The emphasis for this award is placed on outstanding teaching in the graduate program. Outstanding graduate teaching includes commitment to academic excellence; attention to individual student needs, interests, and development; consideration of classroom teaching in 6000 and 7000 level courses as well as 5000 level courses in which a substantial number of students are enrolled for graduate credit; and service on thesis and dissertation committees. Outstanding teaching will be measured by significant graduate teaching activities, both inside and outside the classroom; evidence of graduate curriculum development activity; solid record of research/scholarship that informs graduate teaching; high standards for graduate student achievement; letters of support from former graduate students and faculty colleagues; student assessments over time; and documentation of outstanding graduate student accomplishments.