Regents’ Teaching Award Guidelines
The Regents’ Teaching Award is given annually to faculty members with distinguished records of teaching. Two awards shall be granted annually. Full-time faculty who provide instruction as their primary assignment at UNLV, UNR, or NSC – and DRI faculty who provide instruction as part of their regular assignment – are eligible for one award. Full-time faculty at CSN, GBC, TMCC, and WNC who provide instruction as their primary assignment will be eligible for one award. Although these awards are intended for individuals, groups who by their collaboration have made outstanding instructional contributions may be recognized as well.
A. Nominations. Notification is sent annually by the Chancellor’s Office to each NSHE campus to begin the nomination process: late August/early September. Each institution may submit one nomination only for consideration to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Each nomination must contain the following information only:
i. Formal letter of nomination from an NSHE employee or student, adhering to the
1. The nomination letter must address how the candidate accomplished a significant record of excellence in teaching that brought recognition to his or her institution.
2. The letter must provide clear evidence of the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively with students, impart knowledge, and/or develop skills in a manner that excites students’ interest in the subject matter as well as students’ interest in furthering their educational aspirations.
3. The letter must provide clear evidence of the candidate’s enthusiasm for assessing, revising, and updating instructional methods, materials and technologies; a willingness to attempt and revise innovative instructional activities through varied approaches, methods, materials, or technologies in an effort to create ongoing participatory/active learning in the classroom and move the state of instruction in a field to a new level or in new directions; and a recurring effort to create learning tasks (assignments, exercises, and/or
exams) that encourage critical thinking/reasoning skills.
4. The letter must provide clear evidence of the candidate’s eagerness to be accessible to all students and to provide students with accurate advisement and appropriate referrals to other campus departments or to other NSHE institutions.
ii. A complete curriculum vitae must be attached to the letter of nomination.
iii. Supplementary materials including:
1. No more than three recent self-evaluations and/or evaluations by the candidate’s supervisor or dean.
2. A summary of student teaching evaluations for no more than three classes.
3. No more than three examples (reprints or copies)of significant works that the candidate feels are representative of his or her teaching accomplishments. Examples include, but are not limited to, course outlines/syllabi, samples of course handouts, exercises the candidate has developed, distance education materials, videotapes developed by the candidate and samples of exams.
4. No more than three letters of support from persons knowledgeable of the nominee's qualifications.
5. Names and address of up to five persons, including students, whom the selection committee may contact regarding the candidate's effectiveness, achievements, or abilities as a teacher.
B. Length of Service. Candidates must have at least five years of cumulative service in the NSHE by the date of nomination in order to be considered for the award.
ALL MATERIALS MUST BE IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT.
C. Nominations must be emailed to K.C. Brekken by Oct. 12, 2012 at 5 p.m. at email@example.com. If you choose to store your nomination and supplemental materials on a disc, you may send that disc by the deadline via inter-office mail to W32E.
D. Committee Review. The CSN Internal Recognition Committee will review all internal nominations and send a recommendation to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, who will then submit a CSN nominee for this award to NSHE. A NSHE selection committee will review all system nominations.
E. Final Approval. The recommendation of the selection committee shall be presented to the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee for final approval.
F. Award Amount: $5,000