Outstanding Teacher Award

Nomination Deadline from Colleges: Tuesday, November 10, 2020


Criteria and Eligibility

Recognition and Award


Nomination and Submission Guidelines

Nomination Form

Administrative Advisory Committee

Previous Recipients

The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes excellence in teaching at all levels. Faculty must be recognized by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost as an Outstanding Teacher before they can be eligible to be nominated for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award.

How are faculty nominated?

Nominations originate within a faculty’s department and the nomination process may vary slightly by department.  Departmental nominee(s) are forwarded to the college award committee for consideration.  After the college committee makes its selection(s), it will submit the nomination or nominations to the University Awards Coordinator by Tuesday, November 10, 2020.


Criteria and Eligibility
To be considered for the Outstanding Teacher Award, the faculty nominee:

  • Must be full-time faculty (.75 FTE or greater).  This includes faculty in the tenure track, the teaching, research, clinical, extension, and practice tracks and in the lecturer/senior lecturer track.

In addition, the faculty nominee must:

  • Have taught 15 student credit hours at NC State (excluding summer sessions)
  • Have not been an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award recipient in the three academic years preceding the academic year of nomination
  • Be teaching during the academic year of nomination

Faculty members who were previously nominated for an Outstanding Teacher Award and who otherwise meet the stated criteria are eligible for re-nomination.

Nomination Caps Per College
Agriculture and Life Sciences – 2
Design – 1
Education – 1
Engineering – 3
Exploratory College (DASA)  – 1
Natural Resources – 1
Humanities and Social Sciences – 3
Poole College of Management – 2
Sciences – 2
Textiles – 1
Veterinary Medicine – 1


Recognition and Award
Recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award become members of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers for as long as they remain a member of the NC State faculty. Recipients are recognized at the Teaching Awards Luncheon in the Spring and in NC State media, and the Spring Commencement Program.

Additional Recognition by the Alumni Association
The Provost’s Administrative Advisory Committee selects a subset of Outstanding Teacher Award nominees for consideration by the Alumni Association.  If approved, these nominees will be named Alumni Outstanding Teacher and will be recognized at an Alumni Association event in the Spring. They receive a cash award of $1,000.00.

The number of Alumni Outstanding Teacher recipients may vary depending upon funding availability from the Alumni Association.


Nomination Submission Deadline
Colleges must submit their selected nominations for consideration by the Provost’s Administrative Advisory Committee in PDF files via email or Google Drive to the University Awards and Events Coordinator Judy Austin at jcaustin@ncsu.edu no later than Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Note:  Each college determines its own deadline for submissions to its college committee to allow review time and submission to the university-level awards coordinator. Contact your college’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for its college committee submission schedule.

Nomination and Submission Guidelines

Nomination Deadline for Colleges: Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Nomination Package Submission
Required Documents
Please create PDF files for each document contained in the nomination package

  1. *Completed Outstanding Teacher Nomination form
    Please make sure the form contains the current date and all appropriate signatures have been obtained.
  2. Current CV.  Limit 25 pages
  3. Brief statement articulating the nominee’s contributions to the teaching mission of the university and teaching philosophy.  Limit 2 pages.
  4. Samples of course materials (such as excerpts from syllabi, assignments, projects, exams, student portfolios, or other evidence of student learning outcome) or documentation of teaching-related activities such as leadership related to teaching and learning or continuing professional development (workshops, institutes, etc.). Limit 4-8 pages
  5. Student course evaluation ratings for each course taught the two years prior to the year of nomination as well as departmental average and range and a sample of student comments
  6. Summaries of two peer evaluations and a sample of student comments within the past four years.
  7. Letters of support from two peers. 1 page for each letter
  8. Letters of support from two students. 1 page for each letter

Please note:
Historically, in past award cycles, the Provost’s Administrative Advisory Committee has recognized that the most competitive nomination applications fully comply with the submission of all the required documents and that among those documents the following specifics should be adhered to:

  • Student course evaluations that include numerical ratings and a selection of student comments are also appreciated.  
  • Support letters from peers and students are most helpful to the committee when they contain specific examples of the nominee’s teaching practices or specific examples of the impact of the nominee’s teaching on his or her students, departmental colleagues, or disciplines.  
  • Teaching Mission Statements are most helpful to the committee when they describe the nominee’s values and approach regarding teaching and describe how the nominee reflects on and continuously improves her or his teaching practices.
  • Faculty who have previously been nominated and will be re-nominated should make sure all documents contained in the nomination package have been updated.  

Please email or upload to Google Drive all PDF files contained in each nomination package to Judy Austin, Awards and Events Coordinator at jcaustin@ncsu.edu by Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
*Please send all pdf files contained in each nomination package at the same time. 


Administrative Advisory Committee
The Provost’s Administrative Advisory Committee (AAC) for the Outstanding Teacher Award reviews the nominations and makes its recommendations for award recipients to the Provost.  Details regarding the committee charge will be provided at the meeting of the AAC.

Administrative Advisory Committee Composition

  • The Chair of the Faculty or one faculty senator designee recommended by the Chair of the Faculty
  • The Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs or designee
  • Two recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award
  • The Chair of the Standing Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching (EOT) or one member of the EOT recommended by the Chair
  • One undergraduate student from the Standing Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching recommended by the Chair
  • A representative from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
  • A representative from the NC State Alumni Association
  • President of the Student Body or student government designee
  • President of the GSA or GSA designee

The Outstanding Teacher Award Administrative Advisory Committee will meet on:

January 27, 2021
11-noon via Zoom