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Regents' Teaching Excellence Awards
 

Call for Nominations for Teaching Awards for Individual Faculty/Staff, Research Awards in Undergraduate Education, and for Academic Departments/Programs

On behalf of the Board of Regents, the USG office of Academic Affairs, invites nominations for the Regents' Teaching Excellence Awards. These system-wide awards will recognize both individual faculty/staff and departments/programs for a strong commitment to teaching and service to students. One faculty/staff award, one research in undergraduate education award, and one department/program award will be given for each sector (research universities, regional and state universities, two-year colleges), for a total of six awards. Award winners will be announced and each will be awarded $5,000. 

Each institution is to submit ONE nomination for each individual award and ONE nomination for a department/program award.  

FACULTY/STAFF AWARD GUIDELINES
 
Regent's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards
 
CRITERIA

The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that nominees have:

  • Engaged in the systematic examination of issues about student learning and instructional conditions which promote the learning, building on previous scholarship.
  • Documented the use of strategies for investigating and evaluating the impact of teaching practice on student learning, anchored in the research literature.
  • Engaged in scholarship that is public, peer reviewed and critiqued.
  • Produced scholarly work which contributes new questions and knowledge about teaching and learning.
  • A well articulated teaching philosophy that drives research questions.
  • Documentation of dissemination of scholarship results.

Nomination Procedures

Portfolios that exceed 20 pages cannot be accepted.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM AWARD GUIDELINES
 
GPC Vision Award
 
All department/division units at GPC are eligible for nomination.  This award is given to the division/department unit who most exemplifies the vision of the college:

As a team, Georgia Perimeter College will be recognized as a dynamic and creative learning environment focused on student success, guided by the values of trust, excellence, integrity, civility, passion, diversity and efficiency.

 Nominations:  Any department or unit may make a nomination for the GPC Vision Award. 

  • To nominate, the department chair or unit head must submit a typewritten recommendation, double-spaced, not to exceed two pages, addressing the award criteria.
  • At least two letters of support from individuals OUTSIDE the department/unit should accompany the application packet.  These letters should the personal experience(s) in which the recommender witnessed the department/unit exemplifying the award criteria.
 
GPC Mission Award
 
All full-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.  This award is given to the GPC employee who best exemplifies the mission of GPC.

Georgia Perimeter College transforms the lives of our students to thrive in a global society.  As a diverse, multi-campus two-year college, we provide relevant, responsive, learner-centered higher education that facilitates the achievement of academic, professional and personal goals.  We embrace excellence, teamwork, and quality service that link the college’s human capital with our communities to enhance economic, social and cultural vitality.   As a key point of entry for students into higher education in Georgia and as the major provider of associate degrees and student transfer opportunities, Georgia Perimeter College supports the Strategic Plan of the University System of Georgia.

 Nominations:   Any full-time GPC employee may make a nomination for the GPC Mission Award.  Self nominations will not be accepted. 

  • To nominate, please submit a typewritten recommendation, double-spaced, not to exceed two pages, addressing the criteria of the award.
  • At least two letters of support from individuals (GPC employee, students, community members) should accompany the application packet.  These letters should enumerate the personal experience(s) in which the recommender witnessed the department/unit exemplifying the award criteria.
 
GPC Teaching Excellence Awards
 
(Supports GPC Strategic Goal #1)
We are passionate about the success of our students, colleagues and community.  Excellence in teaching and service provides the foundation on which our students will achieve success.

This award is given to the faculty member to recognize, reward, and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.

 Nominations:  Any full-time GPC faculty may make a nomination for the GPC Mission Award.  Self nominations are accepted. 

  • The nomination packet should include:  A reflective statement about teaching and learning from the nominee (1-2 pages);
  • At least two letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee's teaching. These letters should describe how the nominee teaches and why s/he is especially effective in advancing student learning, and advocates for the profession;
  •  At least two letters of support from current and/or past students. At least one letter should be from one of the nominee's current students.
  • A small set of documents that provide evidence of the nominee's teaching success (e.g. course syllabi, handouts, descriptions of evaluation methods, examinations, summaries of recent student evaluations, data showing the success of the nominee's students, etc.) (not to exceed 4 pages)
Outstanding Department of Advisors
 
(Supports GPC Strategic Goal #1)
This advising award to go to a Department as opposed to an individual.  A departmental award will promote teamwork, collegiality, and innovative discussions about advising.  All department/division units at GPC are eligible for nomination.

 Nomination Criteria:

  • Each member in the department attended two training sessions during the year on advising.
  • Each member in the department conducted advising sessions with their assigned advisees during the year
  • Each member in the department used eSAMS as part of their advising tools
  • Student satisfaction surveys were favorable

 Departments applying for the award may include any innovative, creative ideas the department members used to promote effective academic advising to GPC students..

 
Cole Fellow  
 
 (Supports GPC Strategic Goal #1)
 
Recognizes outstanding commitment to teaching, academic achievement and service to the institution.  All full-time faculty, department coordinators, and department chairs are eligible for nomination.
 

CRITERIA

The primary criterion for selection is an extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, which should be demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: 
  • Service to students, institution, community and profession; 
  • Scholarly approach to teaching; 
  • Impact on and involvement with students; and 
  • Support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students. Faculty Awards 
ELIGIBILITY

All full-time faculty, department coordinators, and department chairs are eligible for nomination. Nominees must be actively teaching during the current academic year. 

PROCEDURES

Any faculty or academic administrator may make a nomination for the Cole Fellow. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nomination packet must include the following:
  • A letter of nomination (can be one of the supporting letters listed below);
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (resume) of nominee;
  • One-page summary of Curriculum Vitae presenting the professor's education, teaching experience, other teaching awards, publications, service, and other significant contribution. If you choose, you may summarize using a biographical format. Priority should be given to activities and awards that focus on teaching;
  • Current Annual Report of nominee;
  • Personal statement from the nominee describing key contributions made as a teacher. This statement should be a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages. Nominees should describe their scholarly approach to teaching, for example: 
    • Any step taken to evaluate and improve teaching 
    • Innovative techniques he or she has developed to evaluate student learning and provide positive feedback 
    • A course created or a curriculum he or she revised 
    • Examples of effective advising and mentoring techniques 
    • Innovative teaching techniques shared with other teachers 
    • How the learning process extends beyond the classroom, and 
    • Creative ways that research or public service has been used to illuminate teaching. 
  • The nominee's current academic-year teaching log, listing course titles, course numbers, and enrollments;
  • The nominee's most recent set of student evaluation statistics;
  • The nominee's most recent Annual Department Chair Evaluation of Faculty.
  • No more than six letters of support (one to two pages each), including at least two written by current or former undergraduate students, one from a colleague, one from the nominee's Department Chair/Coordinator (or Campus Dean of Academic Services in the case of application or nominations of Department Chairs/Coordinators). Other letters from anyone else in the community who supports the nomination may be included. The nomination letter and supporting letters should address the selection criteria listed above. Letters should reflect a balance of perspectives on the professor's success in and dedication to teaching.
Please send nominations and all supporting materials to the Center for Teaching and Learning, Clarkston Campus. 

The announcement of the Cole Fellow will be made at Fall Convocation in August. The recipient shall receive a monetary award and a plaque. 

Teamwork Champions Award
 
 (Supports GPC Strategic Goal #2)
 
This award is given to the group or committee who best demonstrates teamwork in accomplishing the mission, vision and goals at the college. All department/division units at GPC are eligible for nomination.
Nominations:  Any department or unit may make a nomination for the Teamwork Champions Award. 
  • To nominate, the department chair or unit head must submit a typewritten recommendation, double-spaced, not to exceed two pages, addressing the award criteria.
  • At least two letters of support from individuals OUTSIDE the department/unit should accompany the application packet. These letters should enumerate the personal experience(s) in which the recommender witnessed the department/unit exemplifying the award criteria.
 
  Customer Service Excellence Award
 
 (Supports GPC Strategic Goal #2)
 
This award is given to the person who rendered exceptional customer service to our students, community partners, and fellow employees.  All full-time and part-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.

Nominations: All full and part-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.  Self nominations will not be accepted. 

  • Nominations should include:  a one-page narrative describing how the nominee 1) creates a friendly, can-do environment at GPC, 2) communicates in a pleasant and helpful manner with students, colleagues and community, and 3) goes the “extra-mile” to assist students and colleagues at GPC
  • At least two letters of support from colleagues (at GPC or other institutions) qualified to comment on the nominee's delivery of exceptional customer support and service at GPC.
  • At least two letters of support from current and/or past students. At least one letter should be a current student.
 
GPC Collegiality Award
 
 (Supports GPC Strategic Goal #2)
 
We hold firm to our integrity.  We take responsibility for our actions and we stand by our commitment to support our students, colleagues and community.  All full-time GPC faculty are eligible for nomination (term-to-term instructors not eligible).
 
The principal aims of the award are:
  • to emphasize the GPC’s commitment to supporting a teaching culture at GPC by collaborating with colleagues
  • to recognize and reward innovation, persistence and dedication in the classroom
  • to ensure continuous enhancement of learning effectiveness in the delivery of the College’s academic programs.

Nominations: Any full-time GPC faculty may make a nomination for the GPC Collegiality Award.  Self nominations are accepted.  The nomination packet should include: 

  • A reflective statement about one’s teaching and learning philosophy from the nominee (1-2 pages);
  • Two or three letters of support from colleagues (at GPC or other institutions) qualified to comment on the nominee's innovation, persistence and dedication in the classroom, and the nominees’ support of a teaching culture at GPC. These letters should enumerate the personal experience(s) in which the recommender witnessed the nominee exemplifying the award criteria.
Internationalizing the College Award
 
 (Supports GPC Strategic Goal #3)
 
This award is given to an individual (faculty/staff) or a department that has done an outstanding job of strengthening the college’s internationalization effort by infusing international knowledge and understanding into the curriculum or into services for students.  All full-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.

Nominations: All full time GPC employees are eligible for nomination. 

Nominations should include:  a one-page narrative describing how the nominee creates and contributes to the development of global knowledge and awareness at the college.  This may include but is not limited to curriculum infusion, study abroad, volunteerism, community participation, and the development of cross-cultural skills (particularly of students) at GPC.

At least two letters of support from colleagues (at GPC or other institutions) qualified to comment on the nominee's delivery of exceptional international activities at GPC.
 
Civic Engagement Award
 
 (Supports GPC Strategic Goal #3)
 
This award is given to the person who has strengthened the college’s relationship with the community through some form of civic engagement.  All full-time and part-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.

Nominations: All full and part-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.  Self nominations are accepted. 

  • Nominations should include:  a one-page narrative describing how the nominee creates and contributes to the development of civic engagement activities through volunteerism, community participation, and development of personal leadership skills (of students) at GPC
  • At least two letters of support from colleagues (at GPC or other institutions) qualified to comment on the nominee's delivery of exceptional civic engagement activities at GPC.
  • At least two letters of support from current and/or past students. At least one letter should be a current student.
 
Development Champion Award
 
 (Supports GPC Strategic Goal #4)
 
This award is given to the GPC employees who have improved accessibility or affordability through fundraising for scholarships, innovative teaching that promotes growth, etc. All full-time and part-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.
Nominations:  I’d like some direction on this from the Foundation/Development office.

All full and part-time GPC employees are eligible for nomination.  Self nominations will be accepted. 

  • Nominations should include:  a one-page narrative describing how the nominee has improved accessibility and affordability (through fundraising, etc.) for scholarships and innovative teaching that promotes growth, etc.
  • A letters of support from GPC Foundation office commenting on the nominee’s accomplishment of the award criteria.
  • At least two letters of support from current and/or past students whom the nominee has assisted in accessibility and/or affordability (this could include students that transfer from GPC to other USG schools, etc.)
 
 
 
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