This award, offered through the joint support of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and BP America, provides Georgia Tech with the opportunity to highlight the excellent teaching and educational innovation that junior faculty bring to campus. CTL's goal is to grant up to six $3,000 awards annually, depending on the number and quality of nominations. If an academic unit nominates more than one faculty member, the unit must rank the nominees when providing the nomination packets to the selection committee.
Questions? Contact Joyce Weinsheimer.
- Nomination packets are due by 5 p.m. on the last Friday in January.
- Awards will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Day Luncheon in April, and winners will be honored at the New Faculty Orientation Dinner in August.
- Candidates must be full-time tenure-track faculty members who do not have tenure. (This includes BME faculty with joint Emory appointments.)
- Candidates should have completed at least three semesters of teaching at Georgia Tech and at least one academic year on the tenure-track at the Institute.
- Self-nominations are permitted.
- First-time nominations are preferred.
The nomination packet (which should be no more than 15 pages) should be submitted electronically as a Word document or PDF through the Georgia Tech awards portal: https://gatech.infoready4.com/ It should include the following items:
- Letter of nomination.
- A reflective statement on teaching from the candidate.
- Illustrations of the candidate’s teaching excellence and the impact on student learning.
- In addition, you will need five letters of support for this competition. You will be prompted to enter the email address of each letter writer into the application form. Letter writers will then be requested to submit their letters in support of your application. These letters of support from the following individuals:
*Candidate’s department head or chair (if this person is the nominator, the nomination letter will suffice for this requirement).
*One other colleagues, at least one of whom has observed the candidate in the classroom.
*Three students, at least one of whom must currently be a student at Georgia Tech, and at least two of whom should be undergraduate students (if the candidate’s program teaches undergraduates).
- If applicable, provide evidence of impact on engineering undergraduate students. (This evidence can be included in other elements of the packet, and it will only be used to determine the source of funding for the award.)
In the past, the committees that have judged the candidates for this award have stressed the characteristics below. While there is no guarantee that future committees will look at the packets in the same way, these are some of the basic properties and activities that are considered:
- Educational innovations.
- Impact on students' lives, both in and beyond the classroom.
- Passion for teaching and learning.
- Connections between research and teaching.
- Educational outreach beyond the classroom and laboratory.
- Teaching excellence in core classes, required classes, and large classes.
- Accessibility to all students, even those who were not performing well in the class.
- Good Georgia Tech citizenship.
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