UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Call for Applications

To be eligible, candidates must have taught at least 2 complete classes in the last 3 years. The award is only for students who teach at UNLV. The UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award nominations are due to the Graduate College by December 1st. Colleges can email them to gradrebel@unlv.edu. The Graduate College will accept one nominee from each College. Students see your college for their application deadline. All masters and doctoral students are eligible for consideration, subject to the guidelines provided. The 1st place winner will be given a $2,500 award, the 2nd place winner will be given a $2,000 award, and the 3rd place winner will get a $1,500 award.

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Winners

2016-2017 Winners

1st Place - Sarah Murphy (College of Education)
2nd Place - Nicholas Baxter (College of Liberal Arts)
3rd Place - Kazem Jadidirendi (College of Engineering)

2015-2016 Winners

1st Place — Andrew Scott Murtishaw (College of Liberal Arts)
2nd Place — Meysam Najimi (Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering)
3rd Place — Caitlin Saladino (Greenspun College of Urban Affairs)

2014-2015 Winners

1st Place — Jennifer Whitmer (College of Liberal Arts)
2nd Place — Moinak Bhaduri (College of Sciences)
3rd Place — Ashok EM Sudhakar (College of Engineering)

Directions for Submission

Applications should be submitted as an electronic portfolio (PDF file). Please organize the portfolio in the following order. Each section should be clearly marked. Incomplete or disorganized portfolios will be eliminated from consideration.

Please be sure your portfolio contains the following:

  1. Letter of nomination from department chair or appointed supervisor.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from students or colleagues that address the candidate's pedagogical effectiveness, classroom achievements, and abilities as a teacher.
  3. Curriculum Vitae, including courses taught in the last three years.
  4. One page statement of the candidate's teaching philosophy.
  5. Teaching materials that demonstrate pedagogical excellence from two courses taught at UNLV between Fall 2014 and Summer 2017. Please organize the materials chronologically, by course. Please include:
    • Copies of relevant course outlines/syllabi.
    • Representative student assignments.
    • Samples of course handouts and/or exercises the candidate has developed.
    • Samples of exams.
    • Any additional materials, not listed above that demonstrate pedagogical excellence.
  6. Course evaluation information for the two classes presented as evidence of distinguished teaching. Please include:
    • A blank copy of the form used for course evaluations.
    • Completed course evaluation forms or a department/unit summary of those forms (including students' narrative comments) for two courses completed between Fall 2014 and Summer 2017.
    • One copy of the grade sheet for each course (with student names blocked out).

Candidates are strongly encouraged to be brief and selective in presenting the requested supporting documentation. The emphasis should be on illustrating the candidate's best work in view of the following qualitative considerations:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with students.
  • Success imparting knowledge.
  • Development of skills in a manner that excites students' interest in the subject matter.
  • Ability to stimulate students' interest in further educational aspirations.
  • Enthusiasm for assessing, revising, and updating instructional methods, materials and technologies.
  • Willingness to revise instructional activities through varied approaches, methods, materials, and/or technology to create active learning in the classroom.
  • Creation of assignments, exercises, and/or exams that encourage analysis and critical thinking.