Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Purpose

The Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to an outstanding faculty member from each participating higher education institution in the state. While each institution has flexibility in selecting its award recipient, the following criteria are recommended:

  • Effective teaching
  • Effective advising
  • Service to the university community
  • Commitment to high standards of excellence
  • Success in nurturing student achievement

Award

Recipient and guests will attend a luncheon hosted by the governor.

Eligibility

Because this is a prestigious statewide award, nominees have typically been recognized previously by other major teaching awards such as the Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

Nominations

Faculty colleagues, departments, schools/colleges or recognized campus organizations may nominate individuals.

Do not place nomination materials in a hard binder. The length of the nomination materials is not of primary importance because the final choice will be based on convincing evidence. Nomination materials will not be returned; therefore, the department chair should retain a copy of nomination materials for possible future use. Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.

Nomination materials should include:

  1. Nomination/Cover Letter
  2. Supporting letters (limited to eight) from nominee's chair and/or dean, colleagues, staff members and students (current or former)
  3. Nominee's personal philosophy of teaching statement, explicitly outlining his/her instructional goals, instructional strategies and methods of bringing current research into the instructional process. Statement should not exceed five double-spaced pages.
  4. List of courses taught and the number of students in each, as well as other instructional and advising activities during the preceding five years
  5. Summarization of multiple methods of evaluating instructional activity, including (but not limited to) student-generated teaching evaluations, evaluations of teaching effectiveness by peers, results of assessment of student learning or other relevant methods of evaluation (do not include copies of individual student or course forms/sheets). Include interpretations of statistical data that must be explicitly detailed for understanding by reviewers who may not be familiar with the instrument.
  6. Nominee's curriculum vitae (if listing presentations, include only those made in the preceding five years).

Submissions

Deadline: April 2, 2018 (noon)

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by the Divisional Dean, who may establish an earlier deadline. Submit an electronic version as an email attachment to muprovostawards@missouri.edu, naming each document starting with the applicant's last name followed by a document reference (i.e., Jones-Gov Tchng application). Send only the original copy of the entire proposal packet to:

Office of the Provost
110 Jesse Hall
(573) 882-6596

Past Recipients

2016 Kyle Gibson, Physical Therapy
2015 Tim Evans, Veterinary Pathobiology
2014 Paul Miceli, Physics
2013 Cheryl Bausler, Nursing
2012 Michael F. Smith, Animal Sciences
2011 Elaine Lawless, English
2010 Michael J. Porter, Communication
2009 John E. Adams, Chemistry
2008 Joshua Millspaugh, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences
2007 Richard Meadows, Veterinary Medicine
2006 Vairam Arunachalam, Accountancy
2005 Daniel Turban, Management
2004 Norman Gysbers, Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
2003 Jan Dauve, Agricultural Economics
2002 James Spain, Animal Sciences
2001 Michelle Cecil, Law
2000 Mark Ryan, Fisheries and Wildlife
1999 Rex Campbell, Rural Sociology
1998 Meera Chandrasekhar, Physics and Astronomy
1997 Tom Dougherty, Management
1995 Jim Carrel, Biological Sciences
1994 Allen Bluedorn, Management
1993 John Faaborg, Biological Sciences
1992 Wendy Sims, Music Education

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