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Excellence in Teaching Award


This award recognizes excellence in teaching and service/leadership by a full-time non-tenure track instructional faculty and carries a one-time allocation of $2,000 in support of faculty development.


This award is based on work done at UMBC, and nominees must have been UMBC faculty for at least 3 years. Up to one award will be made in each college in any given year. Faculty members may receive this award only once.

Selection Criteria

This award is based on overall excellence of the faculty member’s teaching and service/leadership accomplishments while at UMBC over the last 3-5 years.

Excellence in Teaching refers to accomplishments in areas directly related to teaching, learning, and mentoring, including but not limited to, course development and pedagogy, faculty development, direction of student research projects, civically engaged teaching, and leadership in teaching improvement. These accomplishments can be demonstrated in face-to-face or distance learning settings. The award recipient shall have demonstrated a record of improvement in student learning.

Nominations should clearly describe how the nominee meets the following selection criteria:

  • effectiveness in engaging students and supporting student success
  • innovation in course development, pedagogy, and assessment of student learning
  • effective mentoring of students
  • commitment to continuous improvement in learning outcomes

Excellence in Service/Leadership can be shown through evidence of exceptional service that advances the mission of UMBC. Examples may include significant contributions to student advising, shared governance processes and leadership in important departmental and university initiatives.