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UMass Lowell Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching


The UMass Lowell Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching is designed to honor individual early career faculty members who exemplify a deep commitment to excellence in teaching. UMass Lowell prides itself on outstanding teaching and recognizes the efforts made by professors to make their classes engaging and to enhance learning outcomes. In recent years, technology and pedagogical theory have evolved, with new ways to promote class participation with improved outcomes. Implementation involves further innovation for translation to specific topics and for differing groups of students. The university appreciates the time and effort involved in modifying and testing new teaching methods.


  • The nominee must be a full-time faculty member at UMass Lowell and currently at the rank of assistant 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.


Nominations should provide qualitative and quantitative evidence of the impact made by a professor in such areas as creative use of technology in the classroom, involvement of students in active learning, new approaches to student engagement, among others. Evidence of success may include demonstrated improvement in student assessment of a course; improvement in attendance, participation and grades over time; and/or, when applicable, improved success in career specific qualifying examinations or other metrics. Expanding successful innovation through sharing materials with others and presenting seminars may also be considered.


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 effectiveness of the nominee’s innovative teaching methods.

  • 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 nominee’s innovation 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) of the nominee’s use of innovation in teaching and examples of its success.
    • 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 innovative teaching methods. The winner also will receive a $1,000 award.

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