Award: financial award.

Purpose: To recognize, honor and promote students who are committed to teaching and effective as teachers; to honor examples of high quality graduate student teaching.

Eligibility: All graduate students in the Department of Sociology who have taught independently at WSU for at least one semester are eligible for this award.

Criteria: Selection criteria include the quality and effectiveness of classroom teaching, completeness of teaching portfolio, the diversity of courses taught and sample assignments/activities, and the congruity of course design and student learning objectives.

Application: Applicants must submit a complete teaching portfolio accompanied by a letter of nomination from the applicant (self-nominee) or faculty member.

An applicant’s teaching portfolio should include:

  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Summary of teaching evaluations from students that demonstrates aspects of your teaching philosophy.
  • Course syllabus.
  • Papers presented at professional meetings or published papers related to teaching (optional).

Nominees may be observed in the classroom by faculty members of the Award and Social Recognition Committee. If the nominee is not teaching during the semester, a request to guest lecture may be made.