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Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

The University of North Florida recognizes faculty who perform meritoriously in graduate teaching. To that end, the University has approved establishment of the University of North Florida Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards. These awards are to be given annually in recognition of excellence in graduate teaching during the previous three academic years. The University of North Florida has allocated the available funds for this fiscal year in the following manner:


The award winners each will receive an honorarium of $2,500, distributed by electronic transfer, and a commemorative plaque. Awards will be presented at the Fall Convocation and electronic transfer made near that date. The awards are funded by the Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs reserves the right to not provide the monetary award to any winner who is not a UNF employee at the time of Convocation.

Eligibility

Any full-time member of the UNF teaching faculty, who has held an in-rank faculty appointment and has been designated as graduate faculty for the previous three academic years at UNF, and who has taught at least three (3) graduate courses/sections during that time, including summer, is eligible to be nominated for this award. Visiting and adjunct faculty are not considered regular teaching faculty, and as such, are not eligible. No winner of an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award shall be eligible to win another Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards until the fifth year following receipt of the last award (for instance, if one won an award in 1999-2000, the next time he/she would be eligible to apply for the award again would be the 2004-2005 academic year).

Nomination

Any person within the University community (students, alumni, faculty, staff or administrators) may nominate a faculty member for this award. Nominations must be sent via E-mail to facassn1@unf.edu or posted through the website at www.unf.edu/unffa/ . The nomination should not consist of an argument on behalf of, or a rationale for, the candidacy of the nominee. It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that his/her nomination is delivered prior to the deadline.  

The President of the Faculty Association shall keep a list of all nominees and send a letter of confirmation of the nomination to each nominee and his/her chair, after the close of nominations.

The President of the Faculty Association shall, in cooperation with the Deans of the respective Colleges, confirm the eligibility of each nominee.

The President of the Faculty Association shall also keep a list of all nominees declared to be eligible and send a letter of confirmation of eligibility to each eligible nominee and his/her chair. In addition, the President of the Faculty Association shall notify those nominees who were not declared to be eligible

Nominee Materials

The nominees have two weeks from the date of notification to email all required application materials to the Faculty Association office: facassn1@unf.edu. Nominees must consolidate all of the application materials into a single PDF file which must be attached to your email.


Each candidate must submit an application checklist – on the first page of the submitted application -- along with the Statement of Accuracy to confirm that he/she followed the application guidelines. Each candidate must sign the Application Checklist and the Statement of Accuracy.

If an application deviates from these guidelines, the application will be eliminated. 

___ The Curriculum Vita is a maximum of five pages and consists of my teaching accomplishments and any scholarship and/or service directly related to my teaching during the past five academic years.

____ The list of graduate courses taught during the past five academic years is presented on a single page. The list contains course number, course name, number of credit hours, and student enrollment.

____ The teaching narrative is a maximum of three pages and provides a discussion of my teaching philosophy and my most significant teaching accomplishments during the past five academic years.

____ The application materials shall not include ISQ raw data, course syllabi, handouts, teaching evaluations, or other appendices. However, summaries of ISQ results may be included in the three-page narrative. 
 
____ The application materials are arranged in the following order and do not exceed 10 pages.
____ Signed “Application Checklist and Statement of Accuracy” (one page)
____ Vita (five pages)
____ List of graduate courses (one page)
____ Discussion (three pages)

____ Standard margins (1-inch or 1.25 inch) and 11 or 12-point font are used for all materials presented in
application.  

Nominees who submit materials that are not kept strictly within these guidelines will not be considered further.   

The President of the Faculty Association will collect all PDF copies of the completed Nominee Materials and forward the materials to each of the appropriate Colleges for screening. The President of the Faculty Association will also keep a list of all nominees whose materials have been forwarded to the Colleges

Screening and Naming of Finalists by the Colleges  

Each of the Colleges shall elect a College Screening Committee to screen nominees and name finalists for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Only regular teaching faculty designated as Graduate Faculty who are not nominees for this award will be eligible to serve on this Committee. If colleges do not conform to these guidelines, their nominees will not be considered further. The College Screening Committee shall screen the nominations of those who have been declared to be eligible. In the event a nominee is not affiliated with one of the Colleges, the faculty member should submit his or her materials to the College in which his or her discipline would normally reside. 


The College Screening Committee shall name no more than three finalists for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.  The names of the college finalists shall be returned to the President of the Faculty Association, who will deliver the materials of the college finalists to the chairperson of the University Selection Committee. In addition, the President of the Faculty Association shall notify those nominees who were not selected.

University Selection Committee

The University Selection Committee will be composed of the President of the Faculty Association, the Chairperson of the Faculty Affairs Committee, the President of the Graduate Student Organization, and one representative from each College to be elected by the faculty of the College from the ranks of graduate faculty who have received university Undergraduate or Graduate teaching awards in previous years. No person who is a nominee for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award or who is related to any nominee, may serve on this committee; in such cases, the constituency such a person represents shall elect a substitute representative. The President of the Faculty Association shall convene the University Selection Committee for the purposes of electing a chairperson and beginning the final selection process.

Selection by the University Selection Committee

The University Selection Committee will make the final choice from among the finalists forwarded from each of the Colleges. The Committee will make its final decision based only upon the Nominee Materials that accompany the forwarded nominations. The Committee may request clarification regarding a finalist, either verbal or written, if desired. Such information may be provided by the appropriate College Committee representative. There will be no verbal presentations by the finalists nor campaigns on behalf of the finalists. The Committee shall make its decision solely on the basis of the nominee's merits, and without consideration for other such factors as departmental or college affiliation of present nominees or past award winners. No proxy voting will be allowed.


It will be the responsibility of the University Selection Committee chairperson to notify by letter any finalists who have not been selected after the committee has concluded its deliberations. The Chairperson of the University Selection Committee will also send a letter via the Faculty Association to the Office of Academic Affairs identifying the two (2) winners of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards. Winners of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award shall be notified by a letter signed jointly by the chairperson of the selection committee and President of the Faculty Association. Formal recognition of winners shall occur at Convocation.

Application Checklist

Each candidate must submit an application checklist – as the first page of the submitted application -- that confirms that he/she followed the application guidelines. Each candidate must sign the Application Checklist and the Statement of Accuracy.


____ The Curriculum Vita is a maximum of five pages and consists of my teaching accomplishments and any scholarship and/or service directly related to my teaching during the past five academic years.

____ The list of graduate courses taught during the past five academic years is presented on a single page. The list contains course number, course name, number of credit hours, and student enrollment.

____ The teaching narrative is a maximum of three pages and provides a discussion of my teaching philosophy and my most significant teaching accomplishments during the past two academic years.

____ The application materials do not include ISQ raw data, course syllabi, handouts, teaching evaluations, or other appendices.

____ The application materials are arranged in the following order and do not exceed 10 pages.

              ____ Signed “Application Checklist and Statement of Accuracy” (one page)
              ____ Vita (five pages)
              ____ List of graduate courses (one page)
             ____ Discussion (three pages)

____ Standard margins (1-inch or 1.25 inch) and 11 or 12-point font are used for all materials presented in application.