Departmental Award for Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Awarded to one LSA teaching unit each year in recognition of its contribution to the excellence and innovative possibilities for undergraduate education in the College.  The award, which recognizes significant collective effort on the part of a unit, is meant to complement the Excellence in Education Awards made to individuals.

More than 20 LSA units have received this award. View a list of past recipients.

Eligibility requirements:

  • LSA departments and programs with teaching missions within the College are eligible.
  • Nominees should be highly dedicated to undergraduate education.
  • Nominees will be considered on the basis of outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
  • Nominees may not have been selected for a similar award in the same year.
  • Nominees may receive the award more than once.

Selection process:

  • Nominations are solicited in January.
  • Departments and programs should submit a written report, between 3-10 pages, that demonstrates a special commitment to undergraduate education by the unit.
  • The award decision will be reached by the Undergraduate Selection Committee in April.
  • Each year one LSA unit will receive the award and $25,000.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THESE MATERIALS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2014.  
DELIVER WRITTEN REPORT TO THE UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION OFFICE, LSA BUILDING 2216.

Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education 

This award recognizes special efforts in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and significant contributions to the College's teaching-learning environment.  Between five and eight awards are granted each year.

More than 300 faculty have received this award. View a list of past recipients.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Faculty at all levels, including lecturers, are eligible.
  • Nominees should have made special contributions to the College’s educational mission.
  • Nominees will be considered on the basis of special efforts in the areas of undergraduate classroom teaching, curricular innovation, and the supervision of student research, as well as other significant contributions to the quality of the College's teaching-learning environment. 
  • Nominees may not have been selected for a similar award in the same year.
  • Nominees may receive this award more than once.

Selection process:

  • Nominations are solicited in January.
  • Departments and programs should submit a written report, between 3-10 pages, that demonstrates a special commitment to undergraduate education by the faculty member.
  • The award decision will be reached by the Undergraduate Selection Committee in April.
  • Candidates are presented with awards of $3,500 each at the first faculty meeting in the fall.

For information please contact 764-0320

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THESE MATERIALS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2014.  
DELIVER WRITTEN REPORT TO THE UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION OFFICE, LSA BUILDING 2216.

Matthews Underclass Teaching Award

This award is presented to a member of the faculty who has made a distinctive contribution to teaching in courses at the first- or second-year level in the fields of Mathematics, History, and Modern Languages.  These fields are interpreted broadly.

View a list of past recipients.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Faculty at all levels, including lecturers, are eligible.
  • Nominees should be enthusiastically interested in and highly dedicated to undergraduate education.
  • Nominees will be considered on the basis of their outstanding contributions to teaching, the intellectual rigor of their courses, and their ability to inspire a sense of wonder and excitement in their students.
  • Nominees may not have been selected for a similar award in the same year.
  • Nominees may not have received this award more than once.

Selection process:

  • Nominations are solicited in January.
  • A subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee is appointed to review nominations and make a recommendation to the Executive Committee.
  • The Executive Committee approves is selection at the first meeting in April.
  • Candidate is presented with an award of $1,000 at the first faculty meeting in the fall.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THESE MATERIALS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2014.  
DELIVER WRITTEN REPORT TO THE UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION OFFICE, LSA BUILDING 2216.

Excellence in Departmental Advising Award

This award is presented to two advising candidates who are recognized at both the faculty and staff levels as having gone above and beyond in working with undergraduate students.

View a list of past recipients.

Eligibility requirements – persons nominated should have:

  • Experience and level of commitment: minimum of 3 years’ experience in academic advising, either full or part-time, formal or informal;
  • Evidence of engagement in the intellectual life of the department, and in one’s own professional development as an advisor or mentor;
  • Evidence of excellence in providing judicious and informed advice to individual students;
  • Evidence of sustained, positive influence on students’ academic and professional choices;
  • Evidence of professional activity informed by the impact of advising on teaching and teaching on advising;
  • Evidence of collaboration with other advisors, instructors and staff in the department and in the College; and
  • Evidence of departmental service and programmatic efforts that improves the quality of advising

Selection process:

  • Nominations are solicited in October from academic units, and from LSA students, by the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs.
  • Candidates are selected by a committee appointed by the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs with final approval granted by the Executive Committee at its first meeting in April.
  • Candidates are presented with an award certificate and $500 at the first faculty meeting in the fall.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THESE MATERIALS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2014.  
SEND MATERIALS VIA EMAIL TO ASSISTANT DEAN ESROLD NURSE (EANURSE@UMICH.EDU)

Ruth M. Sinclair Memorial Award

Recognizes an outstanding LSA general advisor in the Comprehensive Studies Program, Honors Program, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, or the Residential College.  

View a list of past recipients.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees will have a genuine interest in undergraduate advising, challenge students to achieve at their highest possible level, and encourage them to pursue exciting and meaningful curricula and co-curricular activity.
  • Nominees will show evidence of contributing to the mission of the College, the goals of his or her unit, and helpfulness to colleagues.
  • Only general advisors are eligible and they must have at least three years of service as advisors to be considered.  LSA directors and associate directors are not eligible.  Previous winners also are not eligible.  

Selection process:

  • Nominations are solicited throughout the Fall semester from LSA students.
  • Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of the advising directors from CSP, Honors, Newnan Center, and the Residential College as well as LSA student government representatives and previous award winners.
  • Recommendations are forwarded to the LSA Executive Committee for final approval.
  • Candidate is presented with an award certificate and $500 at the first faculty meeting in the fall.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THESE MATERIALS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2014.

Imes and Moore Faculty Award

This award honors nominees who have made exceptional contributions toward recruiting and mentoring graduate students to the sciences from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds.  It is named for Elmer Samuel Imes, the second African American to have received a Ph.D. in physics in the United States and Willie Hobbs Moore, the first African American woman to have received a Ph.D. in physics in the US.  Both received their Ph.D.s from UM's Department of Physics – Imes in 1918 and Moore in 1972.  

View a list of past recipients.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Tenure-track and tenured faculty in the Natural Sciences.
  • Nominees should have made exceptional contributions toward recruiting and mentoring graduate students in the sciences from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds

Selection process:

  • Nominations solicited from the Natural Sciences Chairs and Directors in January.
  • Reviewed by selection committee appointed by the Dean.
  • Candidates are presented with an award certificate and $3,000 at the first faculty meeting in the fall.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THESE MATERIALS FEBRUARY 15, 2014.
SEND MATERIALS VIA EMAIL TO KAYLA NIEMANN, LSA DEAN’S OFFICE, SUITE 2005.


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