University-Level Teaching Excellence Award (Tenured & Tenure-Track Faculty) Guidelines

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An important goal of the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards program is to broadly recognize and reward teaching excellence so that the University can cultivate and nurture an environment of learning in which high-quality teaching is recognized as the standard of performance. In establishing this award for excellence in teaching, the University will recognize faculty for the high quality of their performance in the classroom, innovation, commitment to student learning outcomes, and inclusive excellence in education.


The University-Level Teaching Excellence Award (Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty) is one given only to those who have demonstrated outstanding teaching in his/her discipline. The award need not be made annually.  The award will not be granted to more than one individual during an academic year.


Nominations for the award may be proposed by colleagues, associates, supervisors, or subordinates (hereafter, the sponsor) of the nominee and should include:

1. a nomination letter from the sponsor that summarizes the nominee’s teaching accomplishments and why they represent outstanding teaching, which is not to exceed two (2) pages;
2. an application letter from the nominee that outlines why s/he should receive the award:
    a. teaching philosophy (500 words or less)
    b. evidence of outstanding teaching which may include any of the following support documents: ICE scores, publications, grants, invited talks, committee service, assessment of outcomes, etc. (not to exceed five pages).
3. brief curriculum vita;
4. brief biographical sketch, written by the nominee (1-2 pages);
5. after consultation with the nominee, a list of six (6) referees within and external to the University; the sponsor does not request letters. References from those who are long-standing or close collaborators or current students of nominees are discouraged. Each referee listed must include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, a short biographical sketch (2-3 paragraphs), and the nominee’s affiliation with the referee;
6. checklist cover page.

The nomination letter and the packet of supporting documentation are to be forwarded to the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Anthony Hall 22, Mail Code: 4305, Attention: University-Level Teaching Excellence Award Committee.  You may also submit the nomination electronically to


Nominations are due by Friday, February 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m. Materials will not be accepted after the deadline.


The University-Level Teaching Excellence Award Committee is to be comprised of two active teachers selected by the Deans’ Council, two active teachers selected by the Faculty Senate, and two active teachers selected by the Graduate Council. Three additional members shall be the University-Level Teaching Excellence award winners of the previous three years. The tenth member, the chair, is to be appointed by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Should one of the eligible, previous Teaching award recipients not be able to serve, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will select a like awardee from a previous year. The Provost has the option of appointing additional faculty members to balance broad discipline representation upon consultation with the committee.


All current, full-time SIU Carbondale faculty employed with the University for a period of five (5) consecutive years and who, at the time of the original nomination, are involved in teaching, are eligible for the award. Once nominated, the nominee may remain eligible for consideration for two additional years, if still a member of the SIU Carbondale faculty. Re-nomination will require agreement on the part of the nominee, to be obtained again by the sponsor. The supporting documentation may be updated at this time.

This award is permanent recognition of outstanding teaching and is, therefore, awarded only once to an individual during his/her career at SIU Carbondale.


The permanent title of Distinguished Teacher, a framed certificate, and a $1,000 monetary award are to be granted to the recipient of the University-Level Teaching Excellence Award (Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty). S/he will also receive recognition at the annual awards reception and May commencement ceremony. 

Note:  Awards received may be subject to Federal and State taxes as required by law.