NYU Tandon Teaching Awards
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering recognizes excellence in teaching with three awards. See Faculty Recognition Awards for descriptions of each.
Primary Evaluation Criteria
For the Distinguished Teaching Award:
- Personal commitment to student learning and mentorship as indicated by supporting statements (e.g. student assessments, testimony from current and former students)
- 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
For the Jacobs Excellence in Education Innovation Award:
- 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.
- Development of innovative curricula, innovative courses, innovative laboratory experiments, or use of media or technology in education in an innovative way
For the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Online Education:
- Personal commitment to students and online learning as indicated by supporting statements and documents (e.g. student assessments, testimony from current and former students)
- Development and use of lecture material involving active learning and/or innovative delivery style in an online course
- Development of innovative curricula, innovative courses, innovative laboratory experiments, or use of media or technology for online education in an innovative way
- Accessibility to students
For the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Jacobs Award:
- For the Distinguished Teaching Award, all full-time Tandon School of Engineering faculty members (tenure-track, tenured, contract faculty) with a minimum of five years teaching experience are eligible. For the Jacobs Award, all full-time Tandon faculty members are eligible, regardless of number of years of teaching experience.
- Department chairs with prior or current teaching responsibilities are also eligible.
- Members of the Administration above the Department Chair level are not eligible.
- Nominees from previous years may be nominated again; however, documents must be updated and resubmitted.
- The Distinguished Teacher Award and the Jacobs Excellence Awards cannot be awarded to the same individual in the same year or in consecutive years.
- More than one candidate may be nominated per department.
- Faculty members may be nominated for all three teaching awards in a given year, but would only be eligible to be awarded one.
- Previous recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award are eligible to be re-nominated after five years; previous recipients of the Jacobs Award may be re-nominated after two years.
- Previous recipients of these awards may be asked to serve on the Tandon Teaching Awards selection committee, during which time they are not eligible to be nominated.
Additional Eligibility for the Jacobs Award:
Teams led by full-time faculty are eligible, and full-time non-instructional staff and/or full-time students may be members of a nominated team.
For the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Online Education:
- All School of Engineering faculty members are eligible for the award. This includes tenured/ tenure-track faculty, continuing contract faculty, adjunct faculty, and all others who are instructors of record for online courses. Department chairs with prior or current teaching responsibilities are also eligible. Members of the Administration above the Department Chair level are not eligible.
- The candidate should have taught at least five online courses and demonstrated excellence in all.
- Candidates from previous years may be nominated again; however, documents must be updated and resubmitted
A single Teaching Awards Committee will be established each year for all three Teaching Awards. The committee will consist of:
- One past winner of each of the three awards, appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee
- One designee of the Dean of Engineering
- One undergraduate student and one graduate student selected by the Student Government
- One alumnus/alumna appointed by the Polytechnic Alumni Association Executive Committee
The dean’s designee will convene the committee and is the custodian of the files of the Committee. Committee selection of award recipients will be reported to the FEC and the Dean by the announced deadline.
Nomination materials must be submitted by the nominee's department chair (or Center directors for centers running for-credit programs, or the Director of Tandon Online) to the convener of the Teaching Awards Committee by the due date announced when nominations are opened. Department chairs 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 should be submitted as one pdf file.
Nomination materials for each award consist of:
- A nomination letter (describing why the individual or team should receive the award) from any of the following sources, to be submitted to the nominee(s)'s department chair(s):
- One or more students (including alumni)
- One or more colleagues
- The nominee(s)’s department chair(s). Please note that for the Distinguished Teaching Award, nominations made by department chairs are limited to one per degree program. For Jacobs Award, department chairs may nominate more than one individual or team. For the Excellence in Online Education Award, department chairs may nominate more than one faculty member.
- 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 chair, then a supporting statement from the department chair is also needed. If the nominee is a department chair, another senior member of the department or unity will take on this role, with the concurrence of the Dean.
- Teaching evaluations for the nominee(s)'s courses:
- For the Distinguished Teaching Award: all evaluations for the past five years
- For the Jacobs Award: any available evaluations within last three years.
- For Excellence in Online Education Award: evaluations for at least five online courses offered within the last five years.