Distinguished Teacher Award and Jacobs Excellence in Education Awards

The Teaching Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Teacher Award and for the 2013 Jacobs Excellence in Education Awards.

The Distinguished Teacher Award is the premier teaching award at the Institute and awarded to only one individual. The award will be presented at the Institute's 2013 Commencement exercise. The awardee of the Distinguished Teacher Award will receive a $10,000 award.

The Jacobs Excellence in Education Award is given to individuals or groups who have demonstrated educational innovation and excellence. Up to three awards may be given in one year as a part of a gift made by Dr. Joseph Jacobs to recognize and foster teaching excellence. Each awardee (individual or team) of the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award will receive a $10,000 award and will be featured on the School of Engineering website.

Please note that faculty members may be nominated for both awards in a given year, but would only be eligible to be awarded one. Please see guidelines (Distinguished Teacher guidelines; Jacobs Excellence guidelines) for nominations for these awards.

All nomination letters must be received by the nominee’s department head by Monday, April 1, 2013.

All completed nomination packages must be received by the nominee’s department head by Monday, April 15, 2013.

Completed nomination packages are sent to:

Prof. Michael Knox
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
2 Metrotech Center, Rm 10.077
Brooklyn, New York 11201
mikeknox@poly.edu
(718) 260-4072

Distinguished Teacher Award Guidelines

Primary Evaluation Criteria

  • Personal commitment to student learning as indicated by supporting statements
  • Preparation, revision, organization, delivery, and testing of lecture materials
  • Accessibility to students both in and out of class
  • The writing of textbooks, course notes, and laboratory notes
  • The development of new curricula, new courses, new laboratory experiments, or new media for learning

Eligibility

  • All full-time the School of Engineering faculty members are eligible for the award. This includes tenure series faculty of all levels, industry professors of all levels, full-time instructors and full-time lecturers. Department heads with prior or current teaching responsibilities are also eligible. Members of the Administration above the Department Head level are not eligible. A minimum of five years of teaching experience is required.
  • Candidates from previous years may be nominated again; however, documents must be updated and resubmitted. Previous recipients are eligible after they completed their service on the selection committee for three years following their award, during which time they are not eligible. The Distinguished Teacher Award and the Jacobs Innovation Awards cannot be awarded to the same individual in the same year or in consecutive years.

Selection Committee

The Committee consists of nine persons: the three most recent recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award, three previous recipients of the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, two students (one graduate and one undergraduate, chosen by the Provost after consultation with the Student Council), and one alumnus/alumna.

Nomination Materials

Nomination materials must be submitted by the nominee's department head to the chair of the Teaching Awards Committee by the due date. Department heads are asked to confirm that nomination packages are complete so that a nominee is not taken out of consideration due to missing materials. All nomination materials, with the exception of digital-media products such as web pages, must be paper copies. Digital-media products can be submitted on DVD.

Nomination materials for the Distinguished Teacher Award consist of:

  • A nomination letter from any of the following sources, to be submitted to the nominee's department head:
    • One or more students (including alumni)
    • One or more colleagues
    • The candidate's department head. Please note that nominations made by department heads are limited to one per degree program.
  • Supporting statements, addressing the criteria listed under "Primary Evaluation Criteria," from at least three current or former students of the candidate. If the nomination is not made by the department head, then a supporting statement from the department head is also needed.
  • Course survey results for all of the nominee's courses for the past 3 years
  • Current curriculum vitae of the nominee

Jacobs Excellence in Education Awards Guidelines

Primary Evaluation Criteria

  • Recognition or awards received for educational activities at the national level, such as:
    • Receipt of an educational grant
    • Invitation to present at conferences or meetings focused on education
    • Invitation to give an educational workshop
    • Use of nominee's web materials by educators outside of the School of Engineering, as documented by tracking of website hits and testimonials from users
    • Invitation to participate in educational showcases
    • Publication of articles focused on education in nationally distributed journals
  • Commitment to students and active learning as indicated by supporting statements and documents (e.g. student assessments, testimony from relevant student groups)
  • Development and use of lecture material involving active learning and/or innovative delivery style in a traditional classroom, online, or in a distance-learning course
  • Development of innovative curricula, innovative courses, innovative laboratory experiments, or use of media or technology in education in an innovative way

Eligibility

  • All members of the Institute’s full-time instructional staff of all ranks, tenure series or not, or teams led by full-time instructional staff are eligible for the award. Full-time non-instructional staff and/or full-time students may be members of a team. Department heads with prior or current teaching responsibilities are also eligible.
  • Candidates from previous years may be nominated again; however, no candidate may receive an award in two consecutive years or while they serve on the Teaching Awards Committee.
  • More than one candidate can be nominated per department

Selection Committee

The Committee consists of nine persons: the three most recent recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award, three previous recipients of the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, two students (one graduate and one undergraduate, chosen by the Provost after consultation with the Student Council), and one alumnus/alumna.

Nomination Materials

Completed nomination package must be submitted by the nominee's department head to the chair of the Teaching Awards Committee by the due date. Department heads are asked to confirm that nomination packages are complete so that a nominee is not taken out of consideration due to missing materials. All nomination materials, with the exception of digital-media products such as web pages, must be paper copies. Digital-media products can be submitted on DVD.

  • A nomination letter for the nominee(s), describing why the person or group should receive an award, to be submitted to the nominee(s)'s department head(s). The nomination letter may come from any of the following sources:
    • One or more students (including alumni), or student organizations
    • One or more members of the full-time instructional staff, not necessarily from the nominee(s)’s department(s)
    • The nominee(s)'s department head(s). Department heads can nominate more than one individual or team for the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award.
  • A supporting statement from the department head, if the department head does not make the nomination. If the nominee is a department head, another department head will take on this role, with the concurrence of the Provost.
  • Supporting statements, addressing the criteria under "Primary Evaluation Criteria," are needed from at least three of any of the following:
    • Current or former students of the nominee, or relevant student group
    • Full-time instructional staff members, not necessarily from the nominee’s department
  • Student survey results for all courses taught by the nominee(s) for the past 3 years
  • Current curriculum vitae of the nominee(s)