Mary L. Dawson Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognizes one individual (Board-appointed faculty member) who demonstrates exceptional creativity, enthusiasm, and passion for teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level(s).

Required materials:
Completed nomination form and one support form is required. Additional support forms is optional and will be accepted if submitted. If nomination and support forms are not fully complete, submissions will not be reviewed by Awards and Recogntion Committee.

Deadline for submission: March 10, 2017
*Note: Those submitting Support information need only fill out the Support Form.

Nomination form Support form

Eligibility

College of Education and Human Development faculty (tenure track, tenured, term or jointly-appointed) are currently teaching and who have been teaching in the college for at least two or more years at Western Michigan University are eligible for nomination. Individuals may not receive this award more than once in a five-year period.

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrates teaching excellence in various ways, which may include but is not limited to: a) use of technology in the classroom; b) blending research and teaching; c) innovative curriculum or course development; or d) cross-disciplinary instruction.
  2. Engages in creative teaching.
  3. Displays enthusiasm and passion for teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level(s).
  4. Each nomination and supporting letter must be at least 350 words, with a maximum of 500.

Selection process

One award will be given annually to a faculty member (tenured, tenure track, term, or jointly-appointed). Nominations are reviewed and selected by the College of Education and Human Development Awards and Recognition Committee. Award recipients will be notified by early April. Awards will be presented at the College of Education Awards and Recognition Celebration.

Nomination process

Nominations may originate from the dean or other college administrators, department chairs, program directors, department committees, individual faculty, staff or students. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations and letters of support should clearly identify and document how the nominee meets each of the criteria listed above. A minimum of one supporting letter must come from a student.

Questions may be directed to Amy Burns.

2017 Award Recipient (Full-Time)

  • Dr. Sue Poppink

2017 Award Recipient (Part-Time)

  • David Melotti

2016 AWARD RECIPIENT (Full-Time)

  • Dr. Angel Gullon-Rivera

2016 AWARD RECIPIENT (Part-Time)

  • Eleanor "Ellie" Rainey

2015 AWARD RECIPIENT (Full-Time)

  • Dr. Ariel Anderson

2015 AWARD RECIPIENT (Part-Time)

  • Mr. Adam Danapilis