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.
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: FacultyHonors@uml.edu, 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 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.
For questions, please email: FacultyHonors@uml.edu.