Faculty Teaching Award

High-Impact Teaching

The WSU Tri-Cities faculty teaching award recognizes faculty who use innovative and high-impact practices in the classroom.
Award Criteria


All appointed members of the WSU Tri-Cities faculty at the time of nomination are eligible for this award. This includes adjunct faculty.

Selection Criteria

The WSU Tri-Cities Outstanding Teaching Award is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements in teaching of the WSU Tri-Cities faculty. The award is presented to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated excelled in the following areas of instruction:

  • Versatility in course content, application of teaching and learning scholarship, and/or development of teaching methods and class materials using high-impact practices;
  • Effectiveness/impact of teaching on students, program, and/or campus; and
  • Quality of teaching materials (such as syllabi, assignments, projects, tests, and lectures).


Nominations are welcome from WSU Tri-Cities faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni. Self-nominations are also encouraged.


Submit Nomination

Nominators are asked to complete a nomination form online. The form asks for the nominee’s name and a brief narrative stating why the nominee is deserving of the award. Following review of the nominating forms, the selection committee will identify a list of finalists and will invite those listed to apply.

Nominations are due by February 13, 2017.

Application Required for Finalists

Those finalists who are interested in applying for the award must submit the following documents to the selection committee:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • 1 Syllabus and 1-2 examples of class assignments, projects, activities, tests, or lectures;
  • 1-3 Letters of Recommendation (can be from colleagues, administrators, students, and alumni);
  • 1 Teaching Observation Report (maximum 2 pages – can be from colleagues or administrators)
  • Teaching Narrative that addresses the following questions (max 2 pages):
    • How do your teaching methods help create an engaging classroom?
    • What has been your greatest success as a teacher?
    • As the recipient of this award, how would you use this recognition to broaden your impact on the Tri-Cities campus?
Previous Winners
Eric JohnsonAssociate ProfessorWest 207W509-372-7304
The Faculty Teaching Award recognizes outstanding achievement in instruction…