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ITAA Teaching Excellence Award


ITAA Teaching Excellence Award is given to recognize leadership and contribution to undergraduate and graduate education. This award is open to all ranks. The candidate must be a member of ITAA and have at least 5 years of teaching experience as a full-time faculty member at the time of nomination. 


Nomination Packet: Self-nominations and nominations from other ITAA members are welcome. In addition, professionals who are not ITAA members (such as department chairs and deans) may nominate candidates.

The following nomination materials are required and must be submitted through the online submission site by February 1.   

  1. An information sheet that includes: nominator’s name, address, telephone number, and Email address; nominee’s name address, telephone number, and Email address; Email address of the University Communications/Marketing division affiliated with the nominee; and 200 word description of nominee’s accomplishments suitable for a “press release”.

  2. Letter of nomination.

  3. Minimum of two (2) letters of support from other ITAA members. Letters should specify reasons for the nomination and highlight the significant and exceptional teaching of the nominee (Nominator should retain original copies of the support letters. Support letters will be compiled into presentation packets for the awardee).

  4. A short version of the current curriculum vita of nominee focusing on teaching related activities and achievements.

  5. Nominee’s 750 words of statement highlighting teaching excellence.

  6. Photo of nominee (minimum 300 dpi)

Compile files into one folder. Name the folder, “Teaching Excellence-Nominee’s Name”. Compress folder into a zip file and be prepared to upload the zip file during the online submission process. Deadline for submissions is February 1. Online submission site opens January 6. 

Criteria for Evaluating Nominees: ITAA member who exhibits clear evidence in at least two of the following categories will be seriously considered.

  • Undergraduate student mentorship of ITAA design, research, etc.

  • Graduate student mentorship of ITAA design, research, etc.

  • Active teaching/pedagogy presentation at ITAA

  • Nomination/recognition of teaching excellence at their affiliations such as grants for curriculum development, stipend, etc.

Selection Procedure: The VP of Operations will distribute the materials among the Faculty Fellowship and Awards Committee; at least one ITAA Fellow will serve on the review committee. Recommendations from the committee, including a summary of the criteria from which the recommendations were drawn, will be forwarded to the Vice-President for Operations who will present the nominations(s) to the Executive Council for a 2/3 majority vote and final selection.
Teaching Excellence Award Recognition: Upon Council approval of the nomination(s), the VP of Operations will notify the nominee. Receipt of materials grants permission to use the materials for publicity and retention in the ITAA archives. Teaching Excellence Award recipients are encouraged to attend the ITAA Annual conference to be recognized and to receive the award.  Award recipients will receive a conference registration fee waiver, a trophy, and an opportunity to share their appreciation for receiving the award through the ITAA newsletter.





PO Box 70687
Knoxville, TN 37938-0687
Executive Director, Nancy Rutherford, Ph.D