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UMass Lowell Award for Graduate Teaching


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 either the tenure, teaching, or clinical tracks.
  • Previous nominees are eligible, and it is hoped that they will be nominated again.
  • Previous winners are not eligible to be considered again.


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. Applicants from all campus units are encouraged to apply and provide quantitative and qualitative evidence of the impact made in such areas as classroom instruction, and program development, including, but not limited to, innovative pedagogy incorporating creative activity and research-based scholarship.


Any full-time faculty member can nominate a colleague for this award. Faculty may not self-nominate. Nominators are asked to send an email to:, which includes the name of the award in the subject line. Also attach a 200-word-or-less letter of nomination outlining why the individual faculty member is deserving of the award. Nominations should include concrete examples and outcomes of the nominee’s contributions to graduate-level education at UMass Lowell.

  • The deadline for nominations to be received is February 5, 2019, by 5 p.m.
  • Nominees will be notified by February 7, 2019, of their nomination and will have until February 19, 2019, to accept and to submit via InfoReady Review the required materials to the committee. These include:
    • a current curriculum vitae;
    • a list of three (3) names and email addresses to contact for letters of support:
      • one letter, other than from the nominator, must be from a colleague familiar with the nominees graduate teaching contributions
      • two letters must be from a current student or former student who has graduated from UMass Lowell within the past 5 years
    • a short statement (250-500 words) describing the candidate’s philosophy of engaging on and off campus and the impact of those activities.
  • The Faculty Honors Committee will meet by March 28, 2019, to review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Provost or designee.

The Faculty Honors Committee will meet by March 28, 2019, to review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Provost or designee.


The winner of this award will be announced by April 1, 2019, and invited to an awards ceremony in mid-April, where he or she will be asked to present a 2-minute lightning talk on graduate teaching methods. The winner also will receive a $1,000 award.

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