Teaching Recognition Award

The Teaching Recognition Award is sponsored by the Meredith Professors to benefit non-tenured faculty members. Its specific goals are to recognize excellence in teaching and to encourage a culture of collegial mentoring among faculty members.

  • Each year, up to five non-tenured tenure-track faculty members and up to two non-tenure track, adjunct, or part-time faculty members will be awarded $3,000 for professional development. The funds may be used by the recipients for expenses they may incur in furthering their professional development, such as the purchase of equipment, materials, or travel.
  • All faculty members who have completed two years at Syracuse University and who are not yet in the year of their tenure review are eligible for these awards. Letters are sent to all faculty in January through campus mail, asking for nominations. The criteria for selection will be demonstrated excellence as a teacher and promise for continued growth as a teacher.

2016-17 Awardees

  • Todd Berger, College of Law
  • Jeff Gonda, History
  • Shikha Nangia, Biomedical & Chemical Engineering
  • Paul Prescott, Philosophy
  • Jonnell Robinson, Geography
  • Cora True-Frost, College of Law

Past recipients of the Teaching Recognition Awards

Nomination and Selection Process

  1. A colleague or mentor prepares a letter of no more than two pages in support of the nominee.  Concrete evidence of outstanding effectiveness as a teacher is more persuasive to the selection committee than general words of praise.  The nominator collaborates with the nominee in the preparation of a portfolio representative of the nominee’s teaching accomplishments. Nominations must be accompanied by an indication of concurrence by the nominee’s department chair and dean by signatures on the Teaching Recognition Nomination Checklist. The portfolio contains:
    • A statement from the nominee of no more than three pages describing his or her approach to teaching and how he or she seeks to achieve the goals of the courses.
    • An updated curriculum vitae
    • The syllabi and summaries of teaching evaluations for up to three courses taught by the nominee in the previous two years;
    • Letters of support from three students; and
    • the teaching portfolio should be submitted in electronic format. The total number of pages should not exceed 25 (excluding the vitae and syllabi) when/if printed.
  2. The colleague or mentor submits the letter of nomination and the application portfolio to the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor, 323 Crouse-Hinds Hall, by the specified deadline (typically in February).
  3. The Selection Committee, composed of selected Meredith Professors and students, conducts the review. Winners will be announced in April.