WSU Tri-Cities

Distinguished Teaching Award

Established in 2020, the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) highlights WSU Tri-Cities commitment to teaching excellence and is given annually to selected outstanding member(s) of the faculty.

Students, faculty, and alumni wishing to submit a nomination are encouraged fill out the Nomination Form. Nominations are due January 31, 2021.

learning communities
undergraduate research
service learning
diversity equity and inclusion

Objective

The WSU Tri-Cities Distinguished Teaching Award is given each year to a faculty member, or a group of collaborating faculty, who demonstrate excellence in teaching by meeting two or more of the following criteria:

Learning Communities that “encourages integration of learning across courses” and involves students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses as a group and work closely with one another and with their professors. Many learning communities explore a common topic and/or common readings through the lenses of different disciplines.”

Service Learning, Community-Based Learning in which “field-based, experiential learning” with community partners is an instructional strategy. The idea is to give students direct experience with issues they are studying in the curriculum and with ongoing efforts to analyze and solve problems in the community. A key element in these programs is the opportunity students have to both apply what they are learning in real-world settings and reflect in a classroom setting on their service experiences. These programs model the idea that giving something back to the community is an important college outcome, and that working with community partners is good preparation for citizenship, work, and life.

Undergraduate Research that provides research experiences that “connect key concepts and questions with students’ early and active involvement in systematic investigation and research. The goal is to involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in which a course has been designed, or redesigned, to address—either explicitly or implicitly—issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This goal could be accomplished through a range of strategies, such as: inclusion of reading and/or other course materials authored by scholars across a range of identity markers (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.); inclusion of guest speakers across a range of identity markers; assignments designed to help students critically engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in discipline-specific contexts.

Eligibility

  • All WSUTC faculty that teach at least one undergraduate course per year are eligible, including career track faculty, adjunct faculty, and tenure track faculty.
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for three years after winning

Nominations

  • We seek nominations from a variety of WSUTC sources who might have unique insights into excellent teaching. Anyone can nominate an excellent teacher, including students, faculty, staff, supervisors, and academic directors.
  • We also welcome self-nominations!
  • Those interested in nominations can access the Nominations form here.

Timeline

  • Nomination Deadline: January 31
  • Award Application opens: January 31
  • Award Application closes: March 14
  • Announcement of winner(s): TBD

Committee

The Selection Committee will consist of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and the director of Instructional Excellence and Innovation.

  • In addition, there will be three members that will rotate annually, including a faculty representative appointed by the RFO, the previous award winner, and a student representative appointed by ASWSUTC.

Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee based on the criteria of the award

Nominations are Open

We seek nominations from a variety of WSUTC sources who might have unique insights into excellent teaching. Anyone can nominate an excellent teacher, including students, faculty, staff, supervisors, and academic directors. We also welcome self-nominations!

Applications Open Soon

Because assessment is an essential aspect of measuring excellence, to qualify for this award, faculty must show evidence for their respective criteria. At least one peer teaching observation and data from BlueCourse evaluations are required, along with one additional category of evidence.