CETL is pleased to call for nominations for its awards that honor outstanding faculty contributions to the educational mission of Georgia Tech. All nomination packets are due the first Monday of February. Further information about each award and details for the electronic submission of nomination packets can be accessed below. Award winners will be celebrated at the Faculty & Staff Honors Luncheon in April in the Student Center Ballroom.
See below for a full listing of CETL teaching awards for faculty as well as winners of last year's awards.
This award is open to any nominated full-time tenure-track faculty member who does not yet have tenure. Award recognizes teaching excellence, educational innovation, impact on student lives, and research / teaching connections.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 CETL/BP Award for Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence:
- J. Brandon Dixon, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Flavio H. Fenton, Associate Professor, Physics
- Brian K. Hammer, Assistant Professor, Biology
- Kamran Paynabar, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Anne Pollock, Assistant Professor, Literature, Media, and Communication
- Kari E. Watkins, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Criteria for the CETL/BP Junior Teaching Excellence Award
This award is open to any nominated full time tenure-track faculty member (including all BME faculty with joint Emory appointments) who does not yet have tenure. Self-nominations are permitted. Candidates should have completed at least three semesters of teaching at Georgia Tech, and at least one academic year on the tenure-track at Georgia Tech. First time nominations are preferred. We anticipate granting between one and three awards depending on the number and quality of nominations. However, no more than one faculty member from any academic unit will be chosen.
Please note that for funding reasons, we need to know which of our candidates have had an impact on engineering undergraduate students.
The packet should include the following items:
- Letter of nomination
- Table of contents for the packet
- Letters of support from the following individuals:
- The candidate's department head or chair. If this person is the nominator, then the nomination letter will suffice for this requirement.
- One or two other colleagues, at least one of whom has observed the candidate in the classroom.
- Three to five students, at least one of whom must be a current student, and at least two of whom should be undergraduate students (if the candidate's program teaches undergraduates)
- Illustrations of the candidate's teaching excellence and impact on student learning
- If it is applicable, evidence of impact on engineering undergraduate students (this can be included in the other elements). This will help determine the source of funding for the awards.
Please limit the packets to no more than 15 pages. Packets should be copied single sided and should be stapled in the top left corner (or clipped if you prefer). Please do not bind the packets or put them into binders - that makes distributing them to our committee more difficult.
In the past, the committees that have judged the candidates for this award have stressed the following characteristics. While there is no guarantee that future committees will look at the packets in the same way, these are some of the basic properties and activities that are considered:
- Educational innovations
- Connections between research and teaching
- Educational outreach beyond the classroom and laboratory
- Teaching excellence in core classes, required classes, and large classes
- Accessibility to all students, even those who were not performing well in the class
- Impact on students' lives, beyond the classroom
- Passion about teaching and learning
- Good Georgia Tech citizenship
This award recognizes faculty who are improving the quality of education at Georgia Tech through pedagogical and curricular innovation. The award is open to full-time general faculty of any rank or a team of faculty who have implemented an innovation in their course or departmental curriculum.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Curriculum Innovation Award:
- Amy R. Pritchett, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
This annual Georgia Tech award recognizes genuine and substantial partnerships between the faculty and students of Georgia Tech and the K-12 community.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Education Partnership Award:
- Eric A. Gaucher, Associate Professor, Biology
- Ryan N. Randall, Research Coordinator, Biology
- Janetta Greenwood, Senior Teacher, Dunwoody High School
This annual award recognizes faculty who provide outstanding teaching to students in core courses.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award:
- Linda E. Green, Senior Academic Professional, Biology
- Donald R. Webster, Professor and Associate Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
This award is for faculty who use their academic expertise to further the learning of K-12 students, teachers or other educational stakeholders of Georgia.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Georgia Tech Faculty Award for Academic Outreach:
Stefan A. France, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
This award is open to full-time general faculty of any rank who have excelled in teaching in the laboratory. The "laboratory" can be broadly defined to include both traditional science labs and other formal courses that include experiential learning.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Innovation and Excellence in Laboratory Instruction Award:
- Essy Behravesh, Academic Professional, Biomedical Engineering
This award is open to full-time general faculty of any rank who increase student learning outside the traditional curriculum and help Georgia Tech achieve its strategic goal of graduating global citizens who can contribute to all sectors of society.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Co-Curricular Innovation Award:
- Jennifer K. Leavey, Senior Academic Professional, College of Sciences
This award is open to any nominated non-tenure track faculty member who holds a 75%-100% appointment, teaches undergraduate credit courses(s), and has completed at least two semesters in a qualifying position at Georgia Tech. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Undergraduate Educator Award:
- Michael O. Rodgers, Principal Research Scientist, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Chrissy C. Spencer, Academic Professional, Biology