James Madison University recognizes the fact many students don’t go into the field of their degree following graduation, therefore creating the General Education Program. This Program remains successful due the hard work of the faculty who return each year to teach the student body. In order to give recognition to their great efforts, annually, one faculty member receives the Distinguished Teacher Award. This award comes with a $1500 honorarium, the addition of the recipient’s name to a plaque in the University Studies office, and an invitation to give the Keynote address at the General Education Student Conference the following year. Luckily, nominations can come from STUDENTS, colleagues, department heads and cluster coordinators.
Every nominee will be judged on their impact on student learning related to cluster student learning outcomes as well as the ability to help students make interdisciplinary connections.
To be eligible for nomination, the professors must meet the following:
- Must have taught at least one course in the General Education Program in the 2011-2012 academic year
- Is currently teaching undergraduate students at JMU for the 2012-2013 academic year
- Has been employed at JMU for at least 5 years
- Full-time and adjunct faculty are eligible, but adjunct faculty must have taught at least one JMU course each year for the past five years
Any nomination is to be sent to Dr. Linda Cabe Halpern, the Dean of University Studies, by September 18, 2012. All nominations are to be sent to her email, firstname.lastname@example.org, as a letter with a maximum 1000 words. This letter should address the candidate’s abilities as a teacher in the General Education Program with emphasis on the judging criteria. Nominees will then be invited to submit application materials to the dean’s office and a recipient will be chosen from there.
You have the power to demonstrate the impact a great teacher has had on you, nominate them today!