The UMass Lowell Award for Graduate Teaching is designed to honor contributions faculty make to graduate-level instruction. Our university recognizes the distinctive qualities that guide excellence when working with master's and doctoral students. Graduate education involves teaching the next generation of researchers, practitioners, and professionals to reach advanced levels of skill, knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and expression. Exemplary faculty performance in graduate education varies from program to program including, but not limited to, practical, theoretical, and professional fields that exist across our campus.


  • The nominee must be a full-time faculty member at UMass Lowell and currently in a tenure, teaching, or clinical-track position.
  • Previous nominees are eligible, and it is hoped that they will be nominated again.
  • Previous winners are not eligible for a period of six years.

Criteria for Awards

To recognize teaching excellence at the graduate level, the Faculty Awards Committee seeks nominations and applications from faculty who have made demonstrable contributions to graduate students and programs. Applications should include concrete examples and outcomes of the applicant's contributions to graduate-level education at UMass Lowell. Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

How the applicant:

  • engages students in the subject matter
  • integrates research into the classroom
  • provides critical and productive feedback
  • promotes critical thinking