Awards programs recognize, support innovative instruction


Each year, the campus sponsors programs that recognize excellence in instruction at all levels as well as programs that encourage faculty members to develop or revise courses for undergraduates.

The awards, criteria for eligibility and deadlines for application for the instructional awards are summarized below. Full descriptions are available in departmental offices or on the provost's home page (http://www.uiuc.edu/providers/provost/awards.html). Winners will be announced in April at an awards banquet.

Harriet and Charles Luckman Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Awards


Purpose: To recognize faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for outstanding efforts in undergraduate teaching. One of the award winners must be involved in teacher education.

Award: Eleven winners are chosen each year (five faculty members and six graduate teaching assistants). Faculty members receive $5,000, and a recurring increment of $3,000 is added to their annual salary; graduate teaching assistants receive $3,500, and a recurring salary increment of $1,000. In addition, faculty members will be awarded $2,500 and graduate assistants will be awarded $2,000 for the purchase of instructional materials or equipment.

Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have taught a minimum of one undergraduate-level course at UI for at least four full semesters prior to nomination; graduate teaching assistants who meet the same qualifications for two full semesters.

Deadline: Nominations are due in the college office by Jan. 14 and in the Office of the Provost by Feb. 10.

Amoco Awards for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction


Purpose: To honor faculty members who have introduced particularly successful innovations into undergraduate instruction.

Award: Two awards of $1,500 each.

Eligibility: Faculty and academic staff members on regular appointment, whether tenured, tenure-track or non-tenure-track, who have undergraduate teaching responsibilities. Competition is open to those who have developed and implemented innovative approaches to undergraduate instruction without funding from the Educational Technologies Board or Undergraduate Course Development Awards program.

Deadline: Nominations are due in the college office by Jan. 14 and in the Office of the Provost by Feb. 10.

Oakley-Kunde Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education


Purpose: To foster and reward excellence of varying kinds within the broad domain of undergraduate education. The specific focus of the award is defined annually; for 1996-97, the focus is the involvement and guidance of undergraduates in research projects.

Award: $2,000.

Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

Deadline: Nominations are due in the college office by Jan. 14 and in the Office of the Provost by Feb. 10.

Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching


Purpose: To reward excellent graduate and professional instruction.

Award: $5,000, a recurring salary increment of $3,000, and $2,500 for the purchase of instructional equipment or materials.

Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty members with an appointment of 50 percent or more in a unit that offers graduate or professional programs but not an undergraduate major.

Deadline: Nominations are due in the college office by Jan. 14 and in the Office of the Provost by Feb.12.

Excellence in Extramural Teaching


Purpose: To reward excellent extramural instruction.

Award: Two awards of $2,000 and $1,000 for improving extramural instruction and program development.

Eligibility: Regular faculty members with the rank of instructor or above who have taught at least three credit courses administered by the Division of Extramural Programs in the past seven years.

Deadline: Nominations are due in the Office of Extramural Programs by March 1. For more information, contact the Office of Extramural Programs at 333-3060.

Undergraduate Course Development Grants Program, Summer 1997


Purpose: To support faculty members in the development of new courses and new approaches to teaching.

Grant: The number of grants may vary; each typically provides a full-time salary for one month during the summer (one-ninth of the academic year salary).

Eligibility: All faculty and academic staff on regular appointment, whether tenured, tenure-track or non-tenure-track.

Deadline: Contact your college office for their proposal deadline; college proposals are due in the Office of the Provost by Jan. 21.

General Education Course Development Awards


Purpose: To support faculty members in the development of general education courses that will 1) satisfy the non-Western/U.S. minorities cultural studies requirement; or 2) satisfy the natural sciences and technology requirement, particularly in courses suitable for non-majors.

Award: Each award typically provides a full-time salary for one month during the summer (one-ninth of the academic year salary). The number of awards varies from year to year.

Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

Deadline: Contact your college office for their proposal deadline; college proposals are due in the Office of the Provost by Jan. 21.

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