Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize nominations due Feb. 2


Members of the university community have one last week to put forward their favorite examples of outstanding teaching by nominating them for the 2016 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.

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

Nominations may be submitted through Feb. 2 by students, faculty, graduate student instructors, department chairs, directors, deans and staff members. Faculty self-nominations also are 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 student collaboration or new uses of instructional technology.

Projects recognized in 2015 included an app for diagnosing nerve and muscle disorders, a math class that applies equations to natural phenomena, a museum anthropology class that digitally archived Hopi botanical artifacts.

A look at the 2015 TIP award winners.

Also recognized were two interdisciplinary initiatives: one bringing together students from different health professions to practice team-based, clinical decision making, and another that focused the efforts of several community-engaged courses on a single site.

“TIP winners exemplify the commitment of U-M’s faculty to foster significant student learning, one of the key strengths of the University of Michigan,” says Vice Provost James Hilton. “They create engaging and authentic experiences that fully tap the rich resources of U-M’s residential setting, and they reflect the understanding that learning is often about doing.

“Whether through community or campus engagement, or the application of new technology tools, winning projects challenge students to actively apply what they have learned to real situations.”

The awards will be announced May 2 at Enriching Scholarship, the annual campuswide technology conference.


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