The emphasis is intended to be on actual classroom teaching. The award is for full-time faculty of Associate Professor, Assistant Professor or Instructor rank who devote a significant amount of time to teaching and who have less than 10 years of service to OSU. This includes tenured, tenure-track, and fixed term faculty. The recipient receives a plaque and $2,500.

List of Previous Recipients


  • Full-time Faculty (Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor) with less than 10 years of service to OSU

Award Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  1. exceptional effort to ensure the quality of the students' classroom experience;
  2. high standards for the rigor and currency of course content and the level of student performance;
  3. innovative teaching;
  4. direct and significant impact upon and involvement with students;
  5. original and scholarly publications in nationally recognized and refereed journals or other professional outlets;
  6. evidence that the candidate's scholarly contributions have enhanced the effectiveness in the classroom

Nomination Process and Submission

Following the instructions completely will ensure consideration of the nomination.

The nominator shall submit the Cover Sheet and the complete submission packet in one PDF via the Qualtrics Submission Form. Do not begin entering information on the Qualtrics form unless you are ready to submit the nomination – the form CANNOT be saved and finished at a later time. The submission packet will include evidence that the nominee meets the criteria, as well as (1) nomination letter*; (2) three letters of support*; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, including a clear summary of teaching evaluations; (4) the nominee’s vita; and (5) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation.

Required letters: Each of the below letters shall not exceed two single-sided pages using at least 12 pitch and 1" margins. Signatures on the letters must be included.

   * Letters of Support: One letter shall be written by a current or former student. The second letter shall be from a current or emeritus faculty member. The third letter may be from a student, faculty member, alumni or other individual who can comment on the nominee's qualifications.

   * Nomination Letter: The Nominator shall submit a Nomination Letter.

The award criteria must be addressed in the letters. Do not submit separate documentation related to the critera.

When organizing the PDF, please ensure that the document is organized as listed on the submission form.

Additional information submitted with the nomination will not be considered; please include only requested information and refer to the guidelines when organizing submission packets.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee and a member of the Advancement of Teaching Committee. Committee recommendations will be made on the basis of the information submitted; the committee does not solicit additional information. Nominees for this award may also be considered for nomination for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award, which is presented by the Carnegie Foundation.

Nomination packets are due by Noon on April 19, 2024.