MBU debuted four new teaching awards at a reception after the last faculty meeting on May 16: the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, the Graduate Teaching Fellow Excellence in Teaching Award, the Faculty Excellence in Online Teaching Award, and the Part Time/Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.
The Excellence in Teaching awards recognize and celebrate MBU’s best academic instructors, create incentives for continued improvement in teaching, and provide outlets for award-winners to share ideas with colleagues. Recipients are selected by their faculty peers, and each award is accompanied by a one-time stipend of $1,000.
The awards were designed to be inclusive, recognizing full-time faculty in traditional classroom settings and in online courses, as well as part-time and adjunct faculty and graduate teaching fellows.
Under the direction of Provost Ty Buckman, Rachel Potter, dean of the College of Education; Amy Diduch, professor of economics; and Paul Menzer, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, spearheaded the initiative to research and recommend awards to recognize teaching excellence across the university.
The four new awards join the Menk Award, which is presented to help support a faculty member on sabbatical and is made possible by an endowed fund.