Center for Teaching and Learning

Frequently asked questions

Teaching award questions

How do I submit a nomination?

All nominations must be submitted online. If you are unable to submit an online nomination, please contact Christine Sugatan at

Who can nominate an instructor or graduate student?

Any individual affiliated with the UW may nominate—this means current faculty, staff, students, and alumni. However, it is ideal that alumni who submit a nomination are recent graduates and can attest to the nominee’s current teaching experience.

Direct association with the nominee’s department or work is not required.

What should I include in my nomination letter?

Tell us how the faculty member or graduate student you are nominating stands out. What was it about their teaching that you found exemplary? Be sure to include at least one indicator of excellence in your nomination.

A few examples of excellence are:

  • 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
  • Service as a mentor, collaborator, and consultant to other faculty, teaching assistants, and students

If I submitted a nomination last year, but my nominee didn’t receive the award, may I resubmit the nomination?

Yes. However, you will need to complete a new online submission form. Nominations from previous years are not forwarded.

Is my nomination shared with the nominee or nominee’s department?

You have the option to check a box in the nomination form as to whether or not to keep your information confidential.

If you checked “yes,” your name may be forwarded to the nominee (or a department colleague) if they request it.

If you checked “no,” we will decline any requests for your name but will give your status (student, faculty, alumni, etc.). No other identifying information will be shared.

How many nominations may be submitted for any one individual?

There is no limit as to how many nominations can be submitted for any one person. However, we do like to remind people that quantity is not a factor when it comes to the committee’s decision-making. We encourage the nominations to be descriptive, giving us insight as to how that individual embodies the nature of the award.

Do you grant nomination extensions?

No. Due to the timely process in which information is received and nominees are contacted, we are unable to grant extensions. The website will not accept nominations after the deadline. For additional questions, please contact the Christine Sugatan at

What does a recipient of the teaching awards receive?

Generally, recipients receive a $5,000 award.