Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award


To recognize junior faculty for superior teaching and advising on the MU campus.


Up to three individuals will be given the annual award which will include a $1,000 prize, less applicable taxes.


Only faculty holding full-time, tenured, tenure track, or non-tenure track appointments with the rank of assistant professor or associate professor with no more than five years (individuals with service dates prior to August 1, 2018, will be considered to have more than five years) of service at MU are eligible. Nominees must be involved in teaching and advising students.


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. Submission Requirements Form
  2. Nomination/Cover Letter
    • Describe the characteristics that serve to justify his/her being recognized for
    • teaching excellence and dedication to the teaching-learning process inside and outside the classroom
    • superior advising
    • demonstrated potential for publications and scholarly activities related to teaching and advising
  3. Supporting letters (limited to five) from alumni, students (former or current), colleagues and departmental or divisional administrators
  4. Personal statement from the nominee regarding his/her philosophy of teaching including how research and service are reflected in teaching
  5. A representative list of courses taught (including syllabi) and students advised by nominee for the past five years
  6. Copies of all student-generated teaching evaluations for the past five academic years (including both numeric and written feedback).
  7. A 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 in this summarization). Include interpretations of statistical data that must be explicitly detailed for understanding by reviewers who may not be familiar with the instrument.
  8. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
    • Be sure to include grants received for the improvement of instruction or teacher preparation.


Annual Deadline:  January 15 (due the following business day when falls on a weekend or holiday)

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by the Divisional Dean, who may establish an earlier deadline. Submit an electronic version as a single PDF attachment via email to Name the file as follows: YearProvJrTchng_LastFirst (e.g., 2024ProvJrTchng_TigerTruman). Original hard copies of the proposal packet are no longer required.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Past Recipients

2024Marta Heckel, Philosophy
Jessica Rodrigues, Special Education
Jaime Mestres, Textile and Apparel Management
2023Greg Cox, Health Sciences
 Sarah Owens, Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
 Kellie Stanfield, Journalism Professions
2022Brandon Boyd, School of Music
Danielle Easter, Social Work
Robin Rotman, School of Natural Resources
2021Alba Argerich, School of Natural Resources
Antoinette Landor, Human Development & Family Science
Jeffrey Stevens, History
2020Christina Carney, Black Studies
Robert Greene, Journalism Professions
Jenna Wintemberg, SHP/Health Sciences
2019Whitney Henderson, SHP/Occupational Therapy
Cheryl Hill, Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
Michael Metz, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
2018Carrie Duncan, Religious Studies
Amanda Durbak, Biological Sciences
Seth Howes, German & Russian Studies
2017Anne Alexander, Law
Matthew Farmer, Classical Studies
Angie Zapata, Education (LTC)
2016Pamela Brown, Biological Sciences
Julie Elman, Women’s & Gender Studies
Keona Ervin, History
2015Libby Cowgill, Anthropology
Brad Desnoyer, Law
Lenny Sanchez, Education (LTC)
2014Dennis Kelley, Religious Studies
Leigh Neier, Education (LTC)
Ben Trachtenberg, Law
2013Tina Bloom, Nursing
Jerritt Frank, History
Charles Keene, Marketing
2012Kristina Aldridge, Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
Dale Fitch, Social Work
Trista Strauch, Animal Sciences
2011Allison Kabel, Health Professions
Alexandra Socarides, English
Bryon Wiegand, Animal Sciences
2010Melissa Click, Communication
Nathaniel DeRosiers, Religious Studies
William Moser, Business
2009Erica Lembke, Education
John Bennett, Business
2008Christopher Tuggle, Business
Deborah Hanuscin, Learning Teaching and Curriculum
Samuel Cohen, English
2007Anna Bardone-Cone, Psychological Sciences
Michael Barnes, Classical Studies
Bethany Stone, Biological Sciences
2006John Frymire, History
Elisa Glick, English
Mark Houston, Marketing
2005Valerie Kaussen, Romance Languages and Literatures
Dorina Kosztin, Physics
Kathleen Unrath, Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
2004Mary Grigsby, Rural Sociology
Jennifer Moeller, Editorial
Kristin Schwain, Art History and Archaeology
2003Jamie Arndt, Psychological Sciences
William Banks, Mathematics
Joshua Millspaugh, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
2002William Kerwin, English
Dorina Mitrea, Mathematics
Amanda Rose, Psychological Sciences
2001M. Kathryn Coe, Anthropology
Charles N. Davis, News-Editorial
Catherine A. Holland, Political Science
2000Carol E. Anderson, History
Cynthia M. Frisby, Advertising
Carol Gilles, Curriculum & Instruction
1999Steven Keller, Chemistry
Daniel Lieman, Mathematics
Lois Huneycutt, History
1998Bryan L. Garton, Agricultural Education
Ann H. Harrell, Music
Thomas W. Miller, Jr., Finance
1997Joseph E. Cavanaugh, Statistics
Richard A. Johnson, Management
Benyamin Schwarz, Environmental Design
1996Nathaniel Brickens, Music
Aaron Thompson, Human Development and Family Studies
David Wakefield, History
1995Michael Kramer, Communication
David Schenker, Classical Studies
Carol Ward, Anthropology
1994Lillian Dunlap, Broadcast-News
C. Michael Greenlief, Chemistry
S. Priscilla LeMone, Nursing
1993Daniel Frye, Art and Curriculum and Instruction
Craig Israelsen, Consumer and Family Economics
Lee Jolliffe, Editorial
David Rayl, Music
1992Nakhle Asmar, Mathematics
Mary Broadnax, German, Russian and Asian Studies
Sandra Davidson Scott, Editorial
1991Michael McKean, Broadcast-News
Lawrence Okamura, History
Robin Roberts, Accountancy
1990Jean Allman, History
Christine Ferris, English
Craig Sweeney, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
1989Elaine Backus, Entomology
William Bunnelle, Chemistry
Ronald Phillips, Environmental Design
1988Thomas DiLorenzo, Psychology
Irving Epstein, Higher and Adult Education and Foundations
Steven Watts, History
1987Tani Barlow, History
Nancy Fair, Textile and Apparel Management
Wendy Sims, Music and Music Education