This annual award recognizes faculty who provide outstanding teaching to students in core and general education undergraduate courses. The award recipient(s) will receive $5,000 per year for two years.
This award was established in 2005 through a gift from School of Mechanical Engineering's Regents’ Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Eichholz. It was created to reward senior faculty members who made a long-term contribution to introductory undergraduate education and were outstanding teachers for students taking freshman and sophomore core courses. Recently, the award has broadened to recognize faculty at any point in their careers who excel in teaching core and general education courses, and who help students establish a solid foundation for their education at Georgia Tech.
Questions? Contact Joyce Weinsheimer.
- Nomination packets are due by 5 p.m. on January 31.
- Awards will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Day Luncheon in April.
- The primary criteria for this award is excellence in teaching core and general education undergraduate courses. The goal of the award is to honor faculty who are committed to student learning and who make undergraduate instruction a top priority.
- There is no restriction on title or rank of individuals who receive this award. Candidates must be 75 percent to full-time employees with an ongoing appointment who have distinguished themselves over a period of time as accessible teachers who challenge and support students in foundational courses at Georgia Tech.
- While there is no restriction on the affiliation of the individuals who receive this award, it is expected that the candidates teach core courses that serve all majors at Georgia Tech.
The nomination packet (which should be no more than 15 pages) should be submitted as a PDF file 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.
- Five letters of support for your nomination (these letters are not counted in the page maximum). Letters of support should be from:
*Candidate’s department head or chair (if this person is the nominator, the nomination letter will suffice for this requirement).
*One colleague who has observed the candidate in the classroom.
*Three students, at least one of whom must currently be a student at Georgia Tech.
- Teaching excellence in core, general education, and/or introductory undergraduate courses.
- Use of innovative strategies that specifically address the challenges associated with teaching core curriculum, general education concepts, and/or students who are new to higher education.
- Evidence of ability to engage, challenge, and support students.
- Dedication to student success and accessibility to all students, even those who were not performing well in the class.
- Impact on students' lives, both in and beyond the classroom.
- Commitment to undergraduate instruction.
- Good Georgia Tech citizenship.
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