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  February 10, 2003

Teaching Award Nominations Sought

The Advisory Board of the Institute for Teaching and Learning is seeking nominations from faculty and senior administrators for the 2003-2004 University Teaching Fellows. Up to four Fellows are honored each year. Each receives a stipend of $3,000, to be used in support of his or her instructional program.

Teaching Fellows engage in a number of teaching and learning activities, including participating in workshops developed by the Institute for Teaching and Learning, allowing teaching assistants to visit their classrooms, and serving as mentors for other faculty.

The nomination form is available in PDF format at The nominator is also asked to prepare a cover sheet outlining the case in broad terms. Some sections of the form request details from the candidate and it is expected the candidate will provide these to the nominator.

Nominations (original and six copies) should be forwarded by Feb. 28 to Teaching Fellow Awards, Institute for Teaching and Learning, Family Studies Building, Room 320, U-2142.

The Fellows will be announced at a dinner to be held on April 14. They also will be honored during the undergraduate Commencement ceremonies in May, and during Scholars' Day in April 2004.

The Institute is also seeking nominations for this year's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. These awards, valued at $500 each, recognize predoctoral teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in the classroom or laboratory. Nominations should include evidence that the TA demonstrates effective instructional skills, possesses excellent interpersonal skills, provides practical feedback, and contributes to the development of the instructional program. Such evidence may include a statement of teaching philosophy (up to one page), letters of reference and other commentary from students and faculty, indication of attendance at teaching workshops and programs, evidence of growth, development and innovation in teaching and learning activities, evidence of concern for students in the creation of excellent learning materials and support activities, and teaching ratings.

Nominations may be made by faculty or senior administrators only.

An original and four copies of the nomination and supporting documentation should be sent, by Friday, March 7, to "Outstanding TA Awards," the Institute for Teaching and Learning. Family Studies Building, Room 320, U-2142. The awards will be presented at a dinner on April 14.

For more information about either award competition, call Edye Gucwa at 860.486.2686.

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