Members of the University of Michigan community can reward innovative teaching by submitting a brief online form nominating someone for the 2021 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.

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Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 1 from students, faculty, graduate student instructors, department chairs, directors, deans and staff members. Faculty self-nominations are also welcome, as are re-submitted nominations.

Now in its 13th year, the competition will award $5,000 each to up to five faculty projects. The timing of the funds’ disbursement may be delayed in exceptional situations.

Unlike other opportunities to honor an instructor’s overall teaching excellence, this prize draws attention to specific innovations that improve student learning.

“In a particularly challenging year, faculty have made extraordinary efforts to help students keep learning,” said James Hilton, vice provost for academic innovation, dean of library, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of information, and faculty associate in the Research Center for Group Dynamics.

“The TIP competition is a superb opportunity for students, staff and faculty to highlight and broaden the impact of effective innovations in two domains: remote and hybrid teaching developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and anti-racist and inclusive teaching.”

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