Purpose

In recognition of the centrality of excellent teaching to DePaul's mission and of the important role played by Term and Part-time faculty, the Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) reserves some Excellence in Teaching awards specifically for Term and Part-time faculty.
 
The Award

Each Excellence in Teaching Award includes:

  • an honorarium of $2,000 (pre-tax) available no sooner than July 1st of the year the award is made;
  • an inscribed plaque; and
  • acknowledgment in University publications.
 
Eligibility
 
Faculty members who have taught at least four degree-credit courses at DePaul in each of the four preceding academic years are eligible for consideration.  A faculty member who receives an Excellence in Teaching Award from the council may not be selected again in the three years immediately following.  Faculty members may receive teaching awards from their colleges simultaneously with the QIC award.

Each college may nominate term or adjunct faculty every three years as determined by the following schedule:

  • AY 2015-16 (winners will be recognized at Fall 2016 Convocation):
    • College of Science and Health (up to 1), College of Education (up to 1), College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (up to 2)
  • AY 2016-17 (winners will be recognized at Fall 2017 Convocation):
    • College of Communication (up to 1), School of Music (up to 1), School for New Learning (up to 1), The Theatre School (up to 1)
  • AY 2017-18 (winners will be recognized at the Fall 2018 Convocation):
    • Driehaus College of Business (up to 2), College of Computing and Digital Media (up to 1), College of Law (up to 1)
  • AY 2018-19 (winners will be recognized at Fall 2019 Convocation):
    • College of Science and Health (up to 1), College of Education (up to 1), College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (up to 2)
  • AY 2019-20 (winners will be recognized at Fall 2020 Convocation):
    • College of Communication (up to 1), School of Music (up to 1), School for New Learning (up to 1), The Theatre School (up to 1)
  • AY 2020-21 (winners will be recognized at Fall 2021 Convocation):
    • ​Driehaus College of Business (up to 2), College of Computing and Digital Media (up to 1), College of Law (up to 1)
 
Criteria for Selection

Each college or school determines its own nomination and selection process, but the QIC reviews the criteria and procedures for comparability, fairness, rigor, and consistency with University mission, policy and practice. The council reviews individual nominations for consistency with the stated criteria of the college or school.

The selection criteria and procedures followed by the dean's office must:

  • be submitted to the council for review by October 15;
  • be distributed to all eligible faculty members;
  • be based solely on teaching performance in degree-credit programs at DePaul (including curriculum design and any extra-classroom activities related to degree-credit instruction);
  • refer to the academic year of the award and optionally cover the two preceding years - although consistency is given weight, this is not a lifetime achievement award;
  • take into account written student evaluations, particularly evaluations over the most recent academic year;
  • incorporate review by at least two faculty members or include a statement of teaching philosophy; and
  • include endorsements by the dean or chair.
Nomination Materials

The nomination package must be submitted electronically (via e-mail) and be received by the Council Chair by May 1st.
 
Materials submitted by each dean to the council should include:

  • a letter from the committee chair highlighting the nominee's strengths as a teacher;
  • a copy of each nominee's current curriculum vitae;
  • an edited selection of evidence illustrating the nominee's teaching strengths including faculty peer reviews (at least two from the nominee's department); if peer reviews are not available, a statement of teaching philosophy may be substituted;
  • some form of summary of student evaluations (not the individual evaluations) and a sample evaluation form;
  • a review of the year's selection process, including the members of the selection committees; and
  • an explicit endorsement by the appropriate dean in the form of a brief citation suitable for public presentation.
These materials are used by the council both to study the qualities and skills that distinguish the awardees as superior teachers and to communicate their accomplishments to the university community.
 
Calendar
 
  • September 15th: the Council Chair reminds each dean to submit QIC Excellence in Teaching Award criteria and procedures by October 15th.
  • October 15th: each dean distributes their unit's award criteria and procedures to their respective faculties and to QIC.  QIC reviews these materials for comparability (not uniformity), fairness, rigor, and consistency with university mission, policy and practice.  The council may forward suggestions to the deans for consideration in the future.
  • February 1st: QIC Chair sends reminders to the deans about the May 1st deadline.
  • May 1st: The names of the nominees and their supporting material are sent electronically (via e-mail) to the Chair of the QIC.  QIC reviews materials for consistency with stated criteria and procedures.
  • September: Awardees are honored at Convocation.