Purpose: The Awards recognize and reward outstanding Northeastern University College of Science educators for excellence in teaching and for contributions to the art of teaching. These teaching awards are established to confer honor upon individuals whose inspiration and contributions to student learning are truly significant.

Award: The award is presented annually. Each awardee receives a certificate and $1,000. Up to two full-time and one part-time faculty may be selected each year.

Eligibility: All faculty members in the College of Science are eligible. Nominees must have completed at least three consecutive years of teaching experience in Northeastern’s College of Science prior to nomination. Full-time faculty must have taught at least two different classroom, laboratory, or research courses during the past two years. All candidates are expected to have taught within the calendar year preceding nomination. Faculty may be nominated on the basis of graduate teaching, but their qualifying experience must include undergraduate teaching. While research supervision of individual students may be cited in support of a candidate, nominations should be based primarily on group instruction.

Qualifications: All candidates must have:

  • Demonstrated success as a teacher by combining competence in subject matter with an ability to inspire students to higher levels of scholarship;
  • Improved the tools of and/or conditions for teaching (e.g., the development of courses, curricula and/or laboratories, application of innovative teaching strategies and/or assessment );
  • Consistently demonstrated teaching effectiveness in a manner that substantially exceeds the normal expectation for a faculty member.

Nominations: Nominations may be initiated by COS students, faculty, department chairs or program directors. The nomination package is to be delivered to Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion Fred Davis in the College of Science NO LATER THAN January 1, 2017.

Each nomination will consist of:

  • An email from a department Chair or Program Director with the name and rank of the nominee and a list of assigned teaching during the last three calendar years;
  • A list of 20 students with at least 6 from each of at least two classes in the last two years. These students will be asked to provide a brief evaluation.

When the above materials are received, the college will request from all eligible nominees:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of support from the department Chair or program Director;
  • A teaching statement highlighting teaching accomplishments in the last three years;
  • The college will access TRACE evaluations as necessary but the nominee may submit other evaluations;
  • The college will request evaluations from the students listed.

Selection: A committee will be appointed by the Dean of the College of Science to select award recipients and to nominate a candidate for a University Excellence in Teaching Award.

Frequency: Past recipients are not eligible for a period of three years after receiving the award.