Jim Copper with student in biology lab

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 closed for 2016-2017.

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?
2017 Awardees
Kathleen Cowin
Kathleen CowinEducational Leadership, Clinical Associate ProfessorFloyd 207X509-372-7107
Janet Peters
Janet PetersCollege of Arts & Sciences, Clinical Assistant ProfessorCIC 125A509-372-7431
2016 Awardee
Eric Johnson
Eric JohnsonAssociate ProfessorFloyd 207W509-372-7304
The Faculty Teaching Award recognizes outstanding achievement in instruction…