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Faculty Awards

University of North Georgia's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL) offers faculty and staff awards to recognize excellence in teaching and learning, engagement, and emerging leadership. While these awards do not carry a monetary stipend, they are an acknowledgment of exceptional accomplishments and contributions to UNG. See nomination portfolio information and link to submission forms below.

For the full list of Presidential, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA), and Distance Education and Technology Integration (DETI) awards, see UNG Faculty Awards & Ceremonies.

Two University-Wide Awards (Distinguished)

Distinguished Teaching Award

  • This award recognizes excellence in teaching by a faculty member over the course of a distinguished career. The awardee demonstrates a well-articulated teaching philosophy that has developed through methodical examination and improvement of teaching and learning. This faculty member has had a sustained and documented impact on student learning both in and out of the classroom. The nominee’s qualifications might include activities designed to advance the quality and practice of teaching and learning, to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and/or to increase global and multicultural understanding. The nominee’s qualifications might include effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning, such as active learning, student portfolios, and assessment. The awardee may demonstrate innovations that have influenced the methods and teaching effectiveness of other faculty. The recipient will be the UNG nominee for the University System of Georgia Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Distinguished Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award

  • This award recognizes one faculty member whose teaching philosophy and research demonstrates sustained, exemplary engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning.  He or she systematically examines student learning and the instructional conditions that promote education. The nominee has documented strategies of inquiry and analysis that are anchored in the on-going academic dialog. His or her work has been disseminated in public, peer-reviewed venues and contributes new questions and knowledge about teaching and learning. The recipient will be the UNG nominee for the University System of Georgia Regents’ Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

 

Five Categories of Campus-Based Engagement, Leadership, and Teaching & Learning Awards

Teaching Excellence Award

  • This award recognizes faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching, which includes all activities in which faculty members engage to facilitate learning by undergraduate, professional, or graduate students. The nominee’s qualifications might include activities designed to advance the quality and practice of teaching and learning, to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and/or global and multicultural understanding. The nominee’s qualifications might include effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning, such as active learning, student portfolios, and classroom assessment techniques. His or her commitment to students may also be apparent in enriching academic activities outside of the classroom. Three awards may be made: one at Dahlonega, one at Gainesville, and one at Oconee campus. Cumming candidates can apply under any of the other campuses. Once Cumming has its own awards ceremony, the committee will consider a separate nomination process for this campus.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

  • This award recognizes faculty whose research demonstrates valuable work in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The awardee engages in a systematic examination of student learning and the instructional conditions that promote learning. His or her work has been disseminated in public, peer-reviewed venues. Three awards may be made: one at Dahlonega, one at Gainesville, and one at Oconee campus. Cumming candidates can apply under any of the other campuses. Once Cumming has its own awards ceremony, the committee will consider a separate nomination process for this campus.

Best Practices in Service-Learning Award

  • This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated exemplary and often innovative approaches to integrating service-learning into their classes. Three awards may be made: one at Dahlonega, one at Gainesville, and one at Oconee campus. Cumming candidates can apply under any of the other campuses. Once Cumming has its own awards ceremony, the committee will consider a separate nomination process for this campus.

Fostering Engagement Award

  • This award recognizes faculty members who exemplify engaged scholarship. The awardees advance civic learning, community-based research, reciprocal community partnerships, and other practices that foster public good. Three awards may be made: one at Dahlonega, one at Gainesville, and one at Oconee campus. Cumming candidates can apply under any of the other campuses. Once Cumming has its own awards ceremony, the committee will consider a separate nomination process for this campus.

Emerging Leader Award

  • This award recognizes faculty who have assumed leadership roles within the last five years. These awardees exemplify UNG’s commitment to shared governance and effective leadership. Three awards may be made: one at Dahlonega, one at Gainesville, and one at Oconee campus. Cumming candidates can apply under any of the other campuses. Once Cumming has its own awards ceremony, the committee will consider a separate nomination process for this campus.

Eligibility

Nominees must be current full-time members of the teaching faculty or teaching staff. 

 

Nomination Portfolio 

For the two University-Wide Awards (Distinguished), fill out this online submission form (login required)  in MyUNG and upload to the attachments area the following four documents:

  1. Letter of Nomination from a colleague, community partner, or other person familiar with nominee’s work
  2. Letter of Support from a coordinator, chair, or dean
  3. Letter of Support from a student (or students)
  4. Vitae of Nominee

For the five campus-based Teaching & Learning, Engagement, and Leadership Awards, fill out this MyUNG online submission form (login required) and upload to the attachments area the following three documents:

  1. Letter of Nomination from a colleague, community partner, or other person familiar with nominee’s work
  2. Letter of Support from a student (or students)
  3. Vitae of Nominee

 

Deadline for Nominations

All award nomination materials must be submitted by the first Friday in October.

 

Selection Process

The Faculty Senate’s Professional Development Committee and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership will oversee the awards selection process.    

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