Center for Teaching and Learning

Award descriptions

Each year the University of Washington honors faculty members and graduate student instructors for their work with students. Recipients for the Distinguished Teaching Award and Excellence in Teaching Award are chosen based on a variety of criteria. Please see the descriptions below for details and eligibility.

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Distinguished Teaching Awards

To be considered, nominees must meet the eligibility requirements. Recipients are chosen based on the criteria listed below.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Current UW Seattle faculty, lecturers, and instructors are eligible for nomination
  • Instructors with appointments less than 100 percent FTE are eligible but should be aware that breadth and depth of achievement weigh heavily
  • Visiting faculty are ineligible
  • Instructors must be employed at UW in Spring 2022
Nominees should exemplify the following:

  • Extensive knowledge and mastery of the subject matter
  • Innovation in course and curriculum design
  • Ability to inspire, guide and mentor students through independent and creative thinking
  • Serve as a mentor, collaborator, and consultant to other faculty and teaching assistants by helping to enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning

SUBMIT A NOMINATION
Please note: UW Bothell and UW Tacoma host separate nomination processes for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Please visit their websites to learn more:


Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Excellence in Teaching Awards were created to recognize the contributions of graduate student instructors to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Graduate instructors enrich the classroom through meaningful and creative teaching approaches.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Current UW Seattle graduate teaching assistants or graduate instructors are eligible
  • Recipients must be employed at UW in Spring 2022
Nominees should exemplify the following:

  • Demonstrate extraordinary effectiveness as a UW instructor
  • Extensive knowledge and mastery of the subject matter
  • Effectiveness at engaging students, closing gaps between teaching and learning and supporting student success
  • Innovation in course and curriculum design
  • Ability to inspire, guide, and mentor students through independent and creative thinking
  • Service as a mentor, collaborator, and consultant to other teaching assistants and students by helping to enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Additional information

  • Self-nominations for any of the above-listed awards will not be accepted
  • Previous award recipients are ineligible
  • Recipients must be employed at UW in Spring 2022

Note: Distinguished Teaching Award and Excellence in Teaching Award recipients contribute to communities of practice at the UW by leading and facilitating, with the assistance of the Center for Teaching and Learning, campus-wide opportunities for colleagues.

For more information contact teaching@uw.edu.