Faculty Awards

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Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities; Associate Dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences

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If you have questions, please contact the Dean’s office.

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DEOs, Administrators 

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CLAS Collegiate Scholar Award 

The Collegiate Scholar award was inaugurated in 2008 to recognize mid-career faculty for exceptional achievement. The award carries discretionary funds to support the recipients teaching and research initiatives. Collegiate Scholar awards are funded by a generous unrestricted gift to the College. The CLAS Committee on Faculty Promotion and Tenure selects each years class of Collegiate Scholars from among those faculty recommended for promotion and/or tenure. 

CLAS Dean’s Scholar Award 

This faculty development award recognizes faculty candidates for promotion who excel in both teaching and scholarship or creative work. The two-year awards carry a one-time grant, which may be used for equipment, travel, supplies, and other support for research and teaching initiatives. The Deans Scholar Awards are funded by the UI Alumni Associations endowment of the Deans Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The CLAS Committee on Faculty Promotion and Tenure selects each years class of Deans Scholars from among those faculty recommended for promotion and/or tenure. 

CLAS Distinguished Associate Professor of Instruction Award 

This professional development award recognizes candidates for advancement to Associate Professor of Instruction who excel in teaching, institutional and professional service, and their record of publications at time of advancement. The two-year award carries a one-time grant, which may be used for research and teaching initiatives. The Distinguished Associate Professor of Instruction Award is funded by the UI Alumni Associations endowment of the Deans Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The CLAS Committee on Faculty Promotion and Tenure selects each years Distinguished Associate Professor(s) of Instruction from among those recommended for advancement to Associate Professor of Instruction. 

CLAS Development Sciences Hybridoma Bank (DSHB) Faculty Scholar Award 

The Developmental Sciences Hybridoma Bank (DSHB) Awards provide support to tenured CLAS faculty for an approved research project within the humanities. The award is expected to result in at least one project for publication, or a national/international presentation. Awards are valued at $2,500, and may be used for professional travel, equipment, or other research needs. Funds must be spent within two years of receipt of the award. 

By October 15, 202x, eligible faculty should complete the application which can be foundhereand add a one-page narrative proposal. The complete application, along with a two-page CV, is sent to the DEO(s) for review and endorsement. 

By November 2, 202x, if the DEO(s) endorses the proposal with a letter(s) of support, they sign the application and submit it along with the abbreviated CV as a single .pdf to the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Associate Dean for Research. 

Applications are reviewed for approval by the CLAS Dean and Associate Deans. Please contact theAssistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Associate Dean for Research with questions. 

CLAS Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award 

This award honors a CLAS faculty member who has engaged in activities that bring the University to broader communities in significant and sustained ways. Examples of such activities include developing and implementing service learning in a course or courses, scholarly work that engages a wider community, teaching in non-traditional settings, and other endeavors in which the expertise and talents of CLAS faculty and staff reach local, regional, or broader communities. 

Faculty with appointments of 50% or more in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa are eligible for the Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award, which includes monetary recognition. To nominate a colleague, submit to theAssistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Associate Dean for Research a letter of nomination prior to March 15 describing the outreach activities, the community served, and the impact of the activity. Applications are due each year in the Spring. 

Collegiate Teaching Awards 

Nomination Instructions: 

All CLAS tenure-track and clinical-track faculty members, as well as lecturers holding a minimum 50% appointment, are eligible to be nominated. The Collegiate Teaching Award can only be won once. Previous nominees who did not receive an award are eligible for re-nomination. Departments may submit one nomination.  

Please include the following for the nominee. Use a 12-point font in the preparation of all materials, with margins not less than 1 inch.  

Materials, such as letters of support, can come from more than three years ago, provided that an explanation of the special nature of the information is given by the department/nominator.  

Completed nomination materials should be submitted electronically (.pdf) to the Senior Director, Academic Standards no later than 4:00 pm, January 23, 20xx 

  1. The nominee shall provide the following information: [4 pages]   

  • Courses taught during prior three academic years (brief course description, class size, and student level).  

  • Other teaching activities during prior three academic years.  

  • Brief description of how the nominee’s scholarly works or creative works enhanced the quality of their teaching.  

  • Statement of teaching philosophy. Why do you think your teaching is effective? How would you describe your process in engaging students? Please be specific by providing examples.  

  • The nominee should also sign the Cover Page to indicate permission to release the information contained in the application.   

  1. The nominator:  

             If the nominator is a DEO/DEO designee:  

  • DEO nomination letter. Provide a description of the nominee’s activities and accomplishments which demonstrate unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the previous three academic years. Please use the following format, identifying each question by number or narrative and provide an answer to that question before proceeding to the next: 2-page maximum, 1 page per question.  

  1. How does this nominee’s teaching practices (including clinical lab or other formal settings) enhance student learning?  

  1. How does this nominee’s other contact with students (mentoring, advising, sponsoring of creative and/or scholarly achievements, etc.) contribute to students’ development (intellectual growth, creative achievement, research, externships, publications, etc.)?  

  • Two – Four letters of support from students (undergraduate and/or graduate).  

  • Synopsis [maximum 2 pages] of comments from student evaluations (by course number/title, including average enrollment per course).  

  • DEO/DEO designee signature on nomination Cover Page. 

             If the nominator is a faculty member:   

  • Faculty member’s nomination letter. Provide a description of the nominee’s activities and accomplishments which demonstrate unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the previous three academic years. Please use the following format, identifying each question by number or narrative and provide an answer to that question before proceeding to the next: 2-page maximum, 1 page per question.  

  1. How does this nominee’s teaching practices (including clinical lab or other formal settings) enhance student learning?  

  1. How does this nominee’s other contact with students (mentoring, advising, sponsoring of creative and/or scholarly achievements, etc.) contribute to students’ development (intellectual growth, creative achievement, research, externships, publications, etc.)?   

  • Two – Four letters of support from students (undergraduate and/or graduate).  

  • Synopsis [maximum 2 pages] of comments from student evaluations (by course number/title, including average enrollment per course).  

  • DEO endorsement signature on nomination Cover Page.  

Completed nomination materials should be submitted electronically (PDF) to the Senior Director, Academic Standards no later than 4 p.m, January 23, 20xx. 

CLAS International Engagement in Teaching Award for Faculty 

The International Engagement Teaching Award is given annually to a CLAS faculty member in recognition of excellence in any of the following areas:  

  • Creating learning environments that encourage interactions between international and domestic students, and support international students’ integration into the University community, inside and outside the classroom.  

  • Using disciplinary or interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches in the curriculum that add and/or enhance international perspective.  

  • Encouraging students to actively integrate international internships and/or study abroad programs into their education.  

  • Service work supporting and/or developing programs which offer internationally-focused learning experiences.  

  • Fostering other international experiences for undergraduate or graduate students.  

The award carries a $2,000 honorarium.  

Features of successful nominations include 

  • Emphasis in the nominee’s and/or nominator’s materials that explicitly demonstrate commitment to adding international content to the curriculum, to integrating and engaging diverse student populations, or to mentoring international students.  

  • Letters from students that convey specific actions the nominee has taken to help them develop internationally-focused competencies or that convey how the nominee has proved to be an energetic and effective mentor for international students. 

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