Carnegie Mellon University

Dietrich College Graduate Student Teaching Award

To recognize exceptional graduate student teaching, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers two annual awards: The Graduate Student Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding expertise in all areas of teaching—such as curriculum development, classroom teaching, student mentoring and assessment— and the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, for those who have held the role with remarkable distinction, dedication and creativity.

All Dietrich College graduate students are eligible for nomination. Each department in the college may nominate one graduate student per award. Departments may solicit letters of recommendation for more than one candidate per award, and use these letters to decide which candidate will be the departmental nominee for each award. Students who have been nominated in the past, but who did not receive the award for which they were nominated, may be re-nominated.

Selection Committee
The award recipients will be chosen by a college-wide committee appointed by the dean.

Deadline
Nominations should be submitted to the Dietrich College Dean’s Office by Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

Requirements
The nomination packet should include:

  • A covering letter addressed to the Dietrich College Graduate Student Teaching Awards Committee that summarizes the individual’s accomplishments.
  • The candidate’s projected graduation date.
  • The nominee’s current CV.
  • Up to three letters of recommendation from faculty who are familiar with the nominee’s performance in the role of teacher or teaching assistant.
  • Testimonials from undergraduate students.
  • FCE scores (only needed for Teaching Award nominees).
  • Additional materials, such as comments from FCE forms, teaching statements, other measures of teaching effectiveness, problem sets or curricular materials created by the nominee, are also welcomed. Letters from previous nominations as well as letters solicited in connection with other teaching awards may be used.

The award selection committee has developed the following metrics for a baseline framing of nominees. These can be included in other nomination materials and will be ranked by the committee as superior, very good and good.

  • Intellectual coherence
  • Overall impact to the university and college over time
  • Number of students taught
  • Number of courses taught
  • Contributions to pedagogical scholarship
  • Appropriate pedagogy for discipline
  • Student letters / FCEs
  • Resourcefulness and development over time
  • Professionalism
  • Portfolio quality

Past Winners

2019
Xiaofei Tang, Department of Modern Languages

2018
Andras Molnar, Sophie Qin and Jamie Smith (co-winners of the Teaching Award), Social and Decision Sciences, Modern Languages and English; Andras Molnar (Teaching Assistant Award), Social and Decision Sciences

2017
Aidan Kestigian and Mary Glavan (co-winners), Philosophy and English

2016
Ana Cooke and Sihui (Echo) Ke (co-winners), English and Modern Languages

2015
Dan Walter, Modern Languages

2014
Sheila Liming, English

2013
Doug Cloud and Ryan Miller (co-winners), English and Modern Languages

2012
Heather Steffen and Yun (Helen) Zhao (co-winners), English and Modern Languages

2011
Shuai Li, Modern Languages

2010
Emily Klein, English

2009
David Gray, Philosophy

2008
Alex Bennett and Chan Lu (co-winners), History and Modern Languages

2007
Necia Werner, English

2006
Yuki Yoshimura, Modern Languages

2005
Yuki Yoshimura, Modern Languages

2004
Susan Hagan, English

2003
Eiko Ushida, Modern Languages

2002
Rebecca Kluchin, History

2001
Susan Lawrence, English