Center for Teaching and Learning

Frequently asked questions

How do I submit a teaching award nomination?

All nominations must be submitted online. If you are unable to submit an online nomination, please contact Christine Sugatan at

Who can nominate an instructor or graduate student?

Any individual affiliated with the UW may nominate—this means current faculty, staff, students, and alumni. However, it is ideal that alumni who submit a nomination are recent graduates and can attest to the nominee’s current teaching experience.

Direct association with the nominee’s department or work is not required.

What should I include in my nomination letter?

Tell us how the faculty member or graduate student you are nominating stands out. What was it about their teaching that you found exemplary? Examples are encouraged.

If I submitted a nomination last year, but my nominee didn’t receive the award, may I resubmit the nomination?

Yes. However, you will need to complete a new online submission form. Nominations from previous years are not forwarded.

Is my nomination shared with the nominee or nominee’s department?

On the nomination form we ask if you are willing to be contacted.

  • If you check “yes,” your name may be forwarded to the nominee (or a department colleague) if they request it.
  • If you check “no,” we will decline any requests for your name but will give your status (student, faculty, alumni, etc.). No other identifying information will be shared.

How many nominations may be submitted for any one individual?

There is no limit as to how many nominations can be submitted for any one person. However, we do like to remind people that quantity is not a factor when it comes to the committee’s decision-making. We encourage the nominations to be descriptive, giving us insight as to how that individual embodies the nature of the award.

Do you grant nomination extensions?

No. Due to the timely process in which information is received and nominees are contacted, we are unable to grant extensions. The website will not accept nominations after the deadline. For additional questions, please contact the Christine Sugatan at

What does a recipient of the teaching awards receive?

Generally, recipients receive a $5,000 award.