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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 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.


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


Any full-time faculty member may nominate a colleague or themselves for this award. The deadline for applications to be received is February 28, 2020 by 5 p.m. All submissions must be made through InfoReady.

The submission package must include in a single PDF document:

  • the applicant’s current curriculum vitae;
  • a short statement (500-1,000 words) describing the applicant’s philosophy of graduate teaching, the impact of those activities, and how they meet the award criteria;
  • three letters of support that contain specific examples of the applicant’s activities that are aligned with the review criteria: 
    • a letter from the nominator or, in the case of a self-nomination, a letter from a colleague familiar with the nominee’s graduate teaching contributions 
    • two letters from a current student or former student who has graduated from UML within the past five years
    • Note: A single individual may write no more than one support letter for each award category
The Faculty Honors Committee will meet by March 28, 2020, to review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Provost or designee.


The winner of this award will be announced by May 15, 2020. Winners will be invited to present a lightning talk on graduate teaching methods at the Fall 2020 Faculty Symposium. The winner also will receive a $1,000 award.

For questions, please email:

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*The Faculty Honors Committee embraces and celebrates diversity in all its forms and encourages individuals from underrepresented populations to apply or to nominate others for these awards.