The Excellence in Teaching Award
Preamble. These annual awards recognize and reward excellence in teaching at Sonoma State University. Each year the award honors at least one Sonoma State University faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education of Sonoma State students through classroom instruction and other activities that promote student learning. These awards provide students and faculty an opportunity to reflect on the importance of teaching at Sonoma State University and in particular the contributions that recipients of the award have made to students’ intellectual and moral growth and development.
Number of Awards and Funding. More than one award may be given, based on available funding. If more than one award is given, at least one award shall honor a non-tenured faculty member and at least one shall honor a tenured faculty member. The purpose of dividing the nominees into two groups is to encourage and promote excellence in teaching at all career stages. The President, in consultation with the Academic Senate, may add additional awards as new gifts to the University become available.
Eligibility: Any member of the instructional, library or student affairs faculty, or any administrator or staff member who teaches credit-bearing courses may be nominated. To be eligible, the nominee must have taught at SSU for at least four semesters during the previous five academic years, one of those semesters being in the academic year in which the nomination occurs.
Nomination and Selection Process: Anyone in the SSU campus community may submit nominations. A call for nominations will be published in both the NewsBytes campus newsletter and in the SSU Star newspaper, and will be distributed by e-mail on the SenateTalk listserve and through other e-mail distribution lists. Nominations should be in the form of a letter to the Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee A list of those who have accepted nomination will be published in the same manner.
Nominated Faculty will submit to the Academic Senate Office, the following dossier by the timeline determined each Spring semester:
- A brief curriculum vitae of 5 pages or fewer, focusing on teaching experience;
- A two page statement of teaching philosophy
- A sample course syllabus; and
- Up to five pages of supplemental material related to teaching, e.g. statements of recognition from outside entitites such as business groups, research institutions, or previous students or employers.
Public Comment: After the list of nominees has been published, students, faculty, staff or anyone in the wider community may submit comments in hardcopy or via e-mail. Comments must include verifiable contact information and return address. E-mails must be sent directly to the Academic Senate office.
Selection Committee: The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate will appoint two previous recipients of the award serving staggered two-year terms and the Associated Students will appoint a student representative serving a single year term.
Criteria for Evaluation of Nominees. The selection committee shall choose those persons from among the current pool of nominees whom they deem to be exemplars of excellence in teaching because of their quality of instruction, their creation of an academic environment that successfully encourages high intellectual aspiration and achievement, their effectiveness in mentoring students, and their promotion of learning outside the classroom.
Current Semester (timeline set by the Senate office on or before December 15th. )
Call for nominations - January 13th
Nominations due and names published - February 3rd
Dossiers due from nominees - February 21st
Due date for signed comments - February 28th
Committee announces decision - prior to Spring Break
Approved by the Academic Senate on April 23, 2009, revised and approved March 8, 2012
This document originated in FSAC.