Center for Teaching and Learning

Award descriptions

Each year the University of Washington honors several faculty members and graduate student instructors for their work with students. Recipients for the Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology, and Excellence in Teaching Award are chosen based on a variety of criteria. Please see the descriptions below for details and eligibility.

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Distinguished Teaching Awards

Recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including but not limited to, mastery of the subject matter, ability to engage students both within and outside of the classroom, and innovations in course and curriculum design.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Current UW Seattle campus faculty, lecturers, and instructors are eligible for nomination
  • Instructors with appointments less than 100 percent FTE are eligible but should be aware that breadth and depth of achievement weigh heavily
  • Visiting faculty are ineligible
  • Each nomination is subject to verification
Nominees should exemplify the following:

  • Extensive knowledge and mastery of the subject matter
  • Innovation in course and curriculum design
  • Ability to inspire, guide and mentor students through independent and creative thinking
  • Serve as a mentor, collaborator, and consultant to other faculty and teaching assistants by helping to enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning

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Please note: UW Bothell and UW Tacoma host separate nomination processes for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Please visit their websites for more information:


Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology

Created in 2013 by the Office of the Provost, this award recognizes a current faculty member for improving student learning or engagement through an approach that leverages technology.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Current faculty, lecturers, and instructors from all UW campuses are eligible
  • Team nominations are accepted with at least one individual being a current instructor from one of the three UW campuses
  • Instructors with appointments less than 100 percent FTE are eligible but should be aware that breadth and depth of achievement weigh heavily
  • Visiting faculty are ineligible
  • Each nomination is subject to verification
Nominees should exemplify the following:

  • Extensive knowledge and mastery of the subject matter
  • Innovation in course and curriculum design
  • Ability to inspire, guide and mentor students through independent and creative thinking
  • Serve as a mentor, collaborator and consultant to other instructors by helping to enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning

Additionally, nominees should be able to provide descriptions and concrete examples of an original project that has:

  • A significant impact on student learning
  • Demonstrated potential for effectiveness on a larger scale
  • Shown potential for effectiveness in different courses, with different student demographics, and in different instructional settings

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Examples of technological innovations can be found at:


Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Excellence in Teaching Awards were created to recognize the contributions of graduate student instructors to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Graduate instructors enrich the classroom through meaningful and creative teaching approaches.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Current UW Seattle campus graduate teaching assistants or graduate instructors are eligible
  • Two recipients are selected with each nomination subject to verification
Nominees should exemplify the following:

  • Demonstrate extraordinary effectiveness as a UW instructor
  • Extensive knowledge and mastery of the subject matter
  • Effectiveness at engaging students, closing gaps between teaching and learning, and supporting student success
  • Innovation in course and curriculum design
  • Ability to inspire, guide, and mentor students through independent and creative thinking
  • Service as a mentor, collaborator and consultant to other teaching assistants and students by helping to enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning

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James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities

This award was established in 2003 in memory of James D. Clowes, an extraordinary teaching scholar in the Comparative History of Ideas Program and a member of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The Clowes Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who transforms undergraduate learning at the UW through the development of learning communities.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Current UW Seattle campus faculty and staff are eligible for nomination
  • Each nomination is subject to verification
Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated capacity to:

  • Connect cohorts of students with one another and with faculty members to advance learning
  • Transform traditional classroom communities into shared experiences beyond the classroom
  • Develop service/community-based learning opportunities for undergraduates that are integrated into their programs of study

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Additional information

  • Self-nominations for any of the above listed awards will not be accepted.
  • Individuals may not be nominated for more than one award.
    • The committee will use discretion if an individual is nominated for two concurrent awards and will move the nomination to the appropriate award category based on their best judgment.
  • If a nominee meets and exemplifies the criteria for an award other than the one he/she was nominated for, the committee will use clear and concise judgment in deciding to move or not to move the individual’s nomination to a more suitable award category.
  • All submissions will be verified to confirm that individuals are active members of the University of Washington.
  • Hard copy nominations are not accepted and considered ineligible.
  • Previous award recipients are ineligible.

Note: Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology, and Excellence in Teaching Award recipients contribute to communities of practice at the UW by leading and facilitating, with the assistance of the Center for Teaching and Learning, campus-wide opportunities for colleagues.

For more information contact Christine Sugatan at dta@uw.edu