Nominees sought for 2017 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prizes


Members of the university community have one last week to put forward their favorite examples of innovations in teaching by nominating them for the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.

In its ninth year, the competition will award $5,000 to up to five faculty projects.

Nominations may be submitted through Jan. 31 by students, faculty, graduate student instructors, department chairs, directors, deans and staff members. Faculty self-nominations are also welcome, as are re-submitted nominations.

Unlike other opportunities to honor an instructor’s overall teaching excellence, this prize draws attention to specific innovations that improve student learning, such as new approaches to creating inclusive classrooms, new uses of instructional technology, new ways to engage students in the learning process, new approaches to student collaborations, or new methods for replicating the advantages of a small course in a large lecture.

“The enthusiasm that students and faculty have for trying out new pedagogies is inspiring,” says James Hilton, vice provost for academic innovation. “Each year we are delighted to see members of our community taking the time to nominate excellent examples of techniques, technologies or structural changes that enhance student learning. It is a privilege to honor and disseminate such efforts through the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.”

The awards will be announced May 1 at the annual, campuswide Enriching Scholarship conference.


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