Carnegie Mellon University

Nomination Process for the Graduate Student Teaching Award

Nominator Requirements:
Nominations consist of one phase and may be submitted by any member of the Carnegie Mellon University community.

Submissions must be received by the first Monday in February and must be submitted as a single pdf file via this nomination form.

Must Include:
  • A nomination letter addressed to the selection committee summarizing the individual's teaching accomplishments.
  • Up to 30 additional recommendation letters from faculty, current and former students, and other colleagues who have substantive knowledge of the nominee's teaching activities. See further guidance below.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy from the nominee.
  • A brief C.V. (two to four pages) prepared by the nominee.
  • A summary of the courses for which the nominee has served as a teaching assistant or instructor at Carnegie Mellon, including short descriptions of responsibilities in each course
  • Additional supporting materials that represent the quality of a nominee's teaching accomplishments and provide evidence of the nominee's teaching excellence
  • Recommendation letters from students should be solicited from a sizable sample, preferably representing different courses and/or diverse pedagogical methods (e.g., discussions, lectures, group projects). Both formal letters and emails are acceptable. Students should be asked to comment, among other things, on the following questions:
    • How accessible and supportive was the nominee?
    • What types of learning activities and teaching strategies did the nominee use that were particularly effective?
    • How well organized were the nominee’s individual class sessions?
    • To what degree does the nominee create a learning atmosphere in which all students feel respected, welcomed and supported?
  • Recommendation letters from faculty and other colleagues, including other graduate students, should be written by individuals who have supervised or taught with the nominee or who have directly observed the nominee's teaching.
  • Reminder: The maximum number of recommendation letters that can be submitted – including those from both students and faculty/colleagues – is 30.
  • As you write a letter (and/or share relevant materials) in support of this nomination, please keep in mind that selected text from a nomination packet may be quoted in event publicity and ceremony recognition.
  • When available, the Faculty Course Evaluation scores or other systematic student evaluations of teaching should be supplied for all courses that the nominee has taught at Carnegie Mellon. 
    • The evaluation scores should be supplemented with information on the number of students enrolled in each course, whether the students were majors or non-majors, and whether the nominee served as instructor or teaching assistant for the course. If qualitative comments are also included, please provide an explanation of how they were selected (e.g., all available comments, representative comments).
  • Examples of outstanding teaching materials created by the nominee, such as assignment guidelines, solution sets for homework, handouts, syllabi or samples of the nominee's feedback on student work.
  • Descriptions of the nominee's contributions to the teaching development of peers, such as contributions to course-level TA meetings, department-level TA training or other types of helpful feedback on teaching to peers.
  • Descriptions of the nominee's contributions to his or her department's educational programs, such as serving on teaching-related committees, supervising or mentoring undergraduate students, presenting papers or writing articles about teaching or organizing educational or professional development opportunities for other students
  • The maximum number of pages of additional supporting materials that can be submitted is 30. Videos should not be submitted.