The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes exceptional dedication to thoughtful teaching.
- Administrative Professional
A faculty or staff member may be nominated by a peer, unit head, or may self-nominate for a College teaching award.
The faculty or staff member must have a minimum of 3 semesters of IDEA and other evaluative data related to teaching performance at Illinois State University. Relevant teaching evaluation data must be while teaching in the appropriate category. You cannot carry over teaching evaluations earned from one category to another category to meet the 3 semester requirement.
Pre-Tenure Category: Previous award winners are not eligible for nomination
All Other Categories: Previous award winners are eligible for nomination five years after their last award
Submit the following materials.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
The statement should have a maximum of 750 words.
Upload a .pdf file of your curriculum vitae with specific teaching items highlighted, including:
- List of courses taught
- Additional instructional activities you participated in with students
- Instruction-related activities with University colleagues
- Instruction-related activities with colleagues outside the University
Summary of Teaching Evaluations
Include DFSC or SFSC performance (non-tenure, pre-tenure, and tenured categories only), and IDEA course evaluation (750 word maximum).
Letter of Support
The letter of support should come from the department chair, director or dean. Upload it as a .pdf file.
All submitted materials will be evaluated by a sub-committee of the CAST Council and the final determination of recipients in each category will be made by the Dean of CAST. Award recipients will be presented with a plaque and will receive $500 in operating funds in recognition of the achievement.
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