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UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award - Call for 2012-13 Applications

To be eligible, candidates must have taught at least 2 complete classes in the last 3 years (from fall 2009 through summer 2012). The 2012- 2013 UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award applications are due no later than noon, Friday, December 14th, to   All masters and doctoral students are eligible for consideration, subject to the guidelines provided below. The 1st place winner will be given a $2,500 award, the 2nd place winner will be given a $2,000 award, and the 3rd place winner will get a $1,500 award.


Directions for Submission:  Graduate Students are to assemble their applications as an electronic portfolio (pdf file, for example).  The letter of nomination and 2 supporting letters should be at the front of the portfolio, followed by your CV, your teaching philosophy, and then all the materials you are submitting related to each of the two classes (in sequence) that you have taught successfully and which demonstrate your pedagogical excellence.  Please make sure that each section is clearly marked.  Incomplete portfolios or portfolios that are disorganized and/or confusing to understand will be eliminated from consideration.  Please be sure your portfolio contains the following:

1. Recommendation letter from department chair or appointed supervisor and no more than two additional persons, including students or colleagues, who may comment on the candidate's pedagogical effectiveness, classroom achievements, or abilities as a teacher.

2. Candidate's current curriculum vitae showing that the nominee has independently taught at least two complete classes in the last 2 years.

3. Personal statement of teaching philosophy in candidate's subject area (1 page).

4. Evidence that supports the candidate's distinguished teaching in 2 separate classes between fall 2009 and summer 2012. Such evidence should include the following:

     • Copies of relevant course outlines/syllabi

     • Representative student assignments

     • Samples of course handouts and/or exercises the candidate has developed, and

     • Samples of exams

     • Because distinguished teaching exists in many different forms, additional evidence unrelated to the above requirements may be included.

5. Course evaluation information for the two classes presented as evidence of distinguished teaching, to include the following:

     • A blank copy of the form used for course evaluations.

     • Two sets of completed course evaluation forms or a department/unit summary of those forms (including students' narrative comments) completed between fall 2009 and summer 2012.

     • One copy of the grade sheet (with student names blocked out) for the same courses.


Candidates are strongly encouraged to be brief and selective in presenting the requested supporting documentation.  The emphasis should be on illustrating one's best work in the classroom & most successful pedagogical outcomes.  The Graduate Council Professional Development Committee and the Graduate College will select winners using a rubric based on the following qualitative considerations:

     • Ability to communicate effectively with students;

     • Success imparting knowledge;

     • Develop skills in a manner that excites students' interest in the subject matter, as well as students' interest in furthering their educational aspirations;

     • Enthusiasm for assessing, revising, and updating instructional methods, materials and technologies;

     • Willingness to attempt and revise innovative instructional activities through varied approaches, methods, materials, and/or technologies in an effort to create ongoing participatory/active learning in the classroom; and

     • Recurring effort to create learning tasks (assignments, exercises, and/or exams) that encourage critical thinking/reasoning skill.


November 05, 2012

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