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Manning Prize for Teaching Excellence

The Manning Prize Award Committee will convene in February 2019 to select a candidate for the 2019 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Members of the UMass Lowell community are invited to nominate individuals whom they believe to be worthy of such recognition. Recommendations from students are strongly encouraged. Nominations must be submitted by January 10, 2019.

Established in 2015 by alumni Robert ’84 and Donna Manning’85, ’91, the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching honors outstanding faculty members from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. This competitive prize is presented to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community. This $10,000 award will be presented to one faculty member from each of the five campuses.


  • The nominee must be a current full-time faculty member at UMass Lowell. This includes tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty (including teaching and clinical faculty).
  • Nominees must demonstrate excellence in teaching along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community.

The Nomination Process:

  • Nominators are asked to send an email to outlining in 200 words or less why the individual faculty member is worthy of the award. Faculty may self-nominate.
  • The deadline for nominations to be received is Thursday, January 10, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  • Nominees will be notified by Friday, January 11, 2019 of their nomination and will have until Monday, February 4, 2019 to accept the nomination and submit the required materials to the committee for consideration.

The Selection Process:

  1. If the nominee wishes to pursue an application for the Manning Award, they will be asked to submit a package of the following materials to the committee for review:
    • A cover letter outlining their teaching philosophy as well as highlighting evidence in one or more of the following: excellence in teaching; their exemplary dedication to students; exemplary dedication to the campus community (1 page).
    • At least two but no more than five letters of support (1 page each) from colleagues or students/alumni who have completed a course with the faculty member and are not currently enrolled in their class. At least one student letter and one letter from a departmental colleague should be included in the materials. Letters should provide detailed information to support evidence of excellence in teaching, exemplary dedication to students and/or the campus community.
    • At least one but not more than three examples of the teaching materials used in a course (please submit only one example from any given category).
    • These can include:
      • A course syllabus
      • Sample of completed student work, with grading/feedback
      • Course / project assignment information
      • Slides from an in-class presentation
      • Instructional approaches/active learning techniques
  2. Applications should be emailed to:
  3. The deadline for applications to be received is Monday, February 4, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  4. The committee will meet to review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Chancellor by March 1, 2019 for selection to go to the President’s Office for approval.