Outstanding Teaching Award

Continuing a 50-year tradition, the MTSU Foundation will fund awards again this year.

Past Recipients

Click here for a complete listing of past recipients.

Guidelines for Nomination and Submission

  1. Faculty, students, and alumni may nominate a faculty member by sending an email to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (Cheryl.torsney@mtsu.edu) with “Outstanding Teaching Award Nomination” in the subject line and a brief rationale in the body of the message by October 15th. Faculty must receive a nomination by individuals in at least two of these three categories.
  2. Only full-time faculty who have worked at MTSU for at least four years are eligible.
  3. Previous award winners may be nominated five years after the receipt of their last OTA award.
  4. Nominees must use the provided OTA ePortfolio shell and will be evaluated based on the materials uploaded to their ePortfolio. No hard copy materials will be accepted.
  5. If needed, training for submitting materials to the ePortfolio shell will take place in the Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Technologies Center (LT&ITC).
  6. The completed ePortfolio is due by the close of business on March 20 (Friday after spring break). No revisions or additions may be made following the deadline.

Required ePortfolio Application Materials

Outlined below are the materials to be considered for this award. Failure to folow these requirements will result in elimination from consideration. An ePortfolio shell will be provided to guide nominees in the submission of the required materials in D2L (items a-f below).

  1. Cover page/home page including nominee's name and title, department, and MTSU contact information
  2. Teaching curriculum vitae highlighting the nominee's past four years of teaching. Do NOT submit full CV.
  3. A three-to-five page statement highlighting the nominee’s excellence in teaching in relation to the award criteria.
  4. Student evaluations from all courses taught over the last four years. When possible, results should be displayed in comparison to appropriate cohort groups (i.e., department, college, and university).
  5. Supporting materials (artifacts) as noted in the evaluation criteria below.
  6. Required letters of support to be sent directly to OTA Committee Chair (joey.gray@mtsu.edu)
    • Letters of support from two faculty who are familiar with your teaching, advising, mentoring, and/or curriculum development. One letter must be from a peer who has personally observed your teaching. No more than two faculty letters will be accepted.
    • Letters not received by the due date will result in an incomplete submission leading to elimination from consideration.
    • Letters of support from one student and one alumni. No more than one submission from each of these student categories will be accepted.

Criteria for Evaluation

Address the following points within nominee's statement of excellence and/or teaching CV. Where noted, supporting material will also need to be uploaded. An ePortfolio shell will be provided to guide nominees in the submission in D2L by November 15.

  1. Teaching Improvement and Innovation: Demonstration of teaching advancement and creativity.
    1. Clear reflection on and growth in teaching improvement. Examples: workshop attendance, course and/or program redesign and development, grants for course improvement, addressing previous student and peer feedback (upload one supporting document).
    2. Clear evidence of innovative teaching practices. Examples: teaching tools and media, course materials, teaching techniques, creative and engaging student projects/assignments (upload one supporting document)
  2. Teaching Service & Mentorship: Demonstration of impact beyond the classroom.
    1. Clear Contributions to broader teaching community. Examples: workshops given, invited lectures, peer mentoring, published and presented scholarship of teaching and learning (upload one supporting document).
    2. Clear commitment to mentorship of students. Examples: career guidance, thesis/dissertations advising, individual projects, advising student organizations (upload one supporting document).
  3. Student Engagement and Achievement: Demonstration of successful teaching and learning environment.
    1. Evidence of student involvement in learning process and classroom expertise. Examples: Student and peer feedback, other teaching awards, the required solicited letters of support from students, alumni, and faculty, Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs). The four letters outlined above are emailed directly to the OTA Committee Chair by the students and faculty preparing the letters. They are not uploaded into D2L by the applicant.
    2. Evidence of student accomplishments and learning. Student presentations, learning outcomes, pre- and post-tests demonstrating learning, certifications, student job attainment/advancement (upload one supporting document).

Final Selection

The appropriate university awards committee will meet and rank the candidates. The committee chair will send the ranked list to the Provost.  Awards to be made, in consultation with the MTSU Office of Development, will be announced at the Annual Fall Faculty meeting. Winners' ePortfolios will be posted on the MTSU Outstanding Teaching Award Website.