Teaching/University Service

Excellence awards in Teaching/University Service are meant to recognize and reward extraordinary accomplishments or initiatives in these areas, especially those accomplishments that go beyond routine job performance.  Typical teaching/service activities include advising, mentoring, writing letters of recommendation, performing peer reviews, serving on committees, preparing routine course materials, performing the daily functions of an administrative job for which there is a workload equivalency, and so on.  Such activities ought to be reported only if the quantity and/or quality of such duties may be shown to be extraordinary.

Faculty may stand for consideration in one of three ways:  1) teaching alone; 2) University service alone; 3) both teaching and University service.  Strong, accomplishments in both subsets shall rank higher than accomplishment in only one, and neither teaching nor service shall be ranked, in themselves, above the other.  In other words, distinguished administrative work will not be ranked above distinguished teaching, or vice versa.

For all faculty being considered for excellence in Teaching/University service, the bulleted sheet must list, by semester, courses taught and numbers of students enrolled and Section Means and Norms for the Total of Instructor Items 7-16.  It must also list, by semester, each administrative assignment for which release time equivalent to one course was granted and any other circumstances for which a workload equivalent was granted (i.e., dissertation direction, new faculty load lift).  SSI summary sheets for all courses taught must accompany requests for merit consideration in teaching.

The bulleted sheet should itemize specific accomplishments in teaching and/or University service.  Faculty wishing to be considered in both subsets should blend items into one list.  Point values for accomplishments in teaching and service will be assigned following the table in below.  Only documented accomplishments will be considered.  Documentation should be kept brief yet provide sufficient information by which the Committee may evaluate the accomplishment.  In most instances, one or two pages per item (a syllabus, an award, an implemented proposal, etc.) should be adequate.

Point system for teaching and service merit


Meeting or beating the norm                          1 per section

Scoring a 4 or higher                                       ½ per section

No norm to compare                                       1


Other teaching

Teaching Award or Grant                               2-4

Independent Studies                                       1/3

New Course                                                    1

New Prep                                                        1/3


Student Projects

Thesis or Dissertation Director                       1 

Thesis or Dissertation Reader                        1/3 

Qualifying Exams                                           1/3 

Honors Thesis/UG Portfolio director             1 

Portfolio Reader                                             1/4

TESL Portfolio                                               1/4


Student Successes

Student publication                                         1

Student conference                                         ½ - 1

Other student successes                                  ½ - 1


Committee work

Major Non-departmental Committee Work   1 per year

FAC                                                                1 per year

CAC rep                                                          1 per year

Chair, Dept Committee                                   1 per year

Chair, Search Committee                                1 ½ - 2

Member, Search Committee                           1

Program Chair or Coordinator                        1 per year

DuBois, Engleman, Zurava Award judge      1/3



Consultant                                                       1/3 - 1

Bringing in speakers                                       ½ per speaker

Outreach activities                                          1/3 - 1


* Teaching-Related Activities and Publications  [these will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only if the applicant has not listed the activity on the “Scholarship”application]

Teaching a workshop                                                  ½ - 1

Participating as a speaker in a workshop                    1/3

Publication                                                                  same as scholarship merit points

Conference presentation                                            same as scholarship merit points