Outstanding Teacher Award

Teacher Award

Outstanding Teacher Award

Recognizing Excellence in Teaching by Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Members


Candidates will be judged to be outstanding in the teaching component of their scholarly endeavors. Specific requirements are that the candidates:

  1. Be full-time tenure-track faculty members of UCCS with a rank of Assistant Professor or above
  2. Be in at least their third year of teaching at UCCS
  3. Have not received this award previously


  1. Anyone may nominate the candidate; self-nominations are accepted.
  2. Supporting materials must include:
    1. A table of contents.
    2. A letter of nomination that briefly describes the nominee's teaching excellence.
    3. A narrative (double-spaced, 1000-word maximum) describing the nominee's teaching philosophy, written by the nominee.
    4. The nominee's curriculum vitae.
    5. A maximum of five letters of recommendation. (These can be solicited from students, faculty, or administrators, and should demonstrate a knowledge of the nominee's qualifications for the award.)
    6. Faculty Course Questionnaire results (both quantitative and qualitative) for all courses taught during the last five semesters.
    7. Additional supporting documentation is welcome, but should be relevant and be kept brief.
  3. Anyone nominated in the previous year may be reconsidered for the next year at the nominator's discretion. The nomintor may choose to update materials, but this is not required. Such reconsiderations are limited to one award cycle, after which new materials must be submitted.
  4. Materials should be assembled as a single PDF file and delivered to David Anderson, Faculty Assembly Committee on Teaching. (See also Tips for Preparing Award Nominations.)

While this award emphasizes excellence in teaching, the committee recognizes that all faculty are expected to perform meritoriously in the areas of research, scholarly, and creative works, and service as well. Those components need not be addressed in the letters or narrative, but should be discernable in the curriculum vitae.

Award Review Rubric

Nomination Deadline

Friday, February 23, 2024


The winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award will receive a custom-made freestanding sculptured award and $4,000 (less taxes). The award will be presented at the Campus Awards Ceremony.


Funding for the Outstanding Teacher Award is provided by the Provost.

Questions? Contact: David Anderson