MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award

The Midwestern Association of Graduate School annually solicits for the Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of the member universities. Michigan Tech may nominate two students; one each at the master's and doctoral level.

MAGS is not currently soliciting for applications. It is anticipated that nominations for the 2015 competition will be due in January 2015. The details on this page refer to the 2014 competition and are subject to change.


Eligible students

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2013 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations


Programs may nominate eligible students by submitting:

  1. A letter of support from the department head
  2. A current curriculum vitae for the nominee
  3. 10 minute video clip of nominee's "Teaching in Action" - the deadline for the video only is January 21, 2014
    1. Create a private Youtube video
    2. E-mail the URL of the video to Debra Charlesworth
    3. MAGS provided instructions on how to create Youtube videos and some alternative formats; Youtube is preferred. Contact Debra Charlesworth if you would like a copy of the supplemental instructions.
  4. The nominee's Teaching Portfolio - please use the following Headings and limit to six double spaced pages (total):
    1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
    2. Evidence of instructional design and innovation, instructional delivery, course management, and student learning
    3. Student Evaluation of Teaching
      • Please indicate courses taught as a graduate student at this institution, number of students, instructional responsibility, and a summary of student evaluations
    4. Evidence of Scholarship in Teaching/Learning
      • Publications/presentations or grant proposals submitted/funded which focused on teaching/learning; evidence of how research informs your teaching
    5. Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring
    6. Awards and Honors for Teaching Excellence]A teaching portfolio from the nominee which is suggested to include (headings are strongly recommended and appreciated):
    7. Statement of teaching philosophy
    8. Evidence of instructional design and innovation, instructional delivery, course management, and student learning
    9. Evidence of how research informs the student's teaching


Nomination packets are due by 4pm, January 14, 2014 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School via e-mail or campus mail. Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.


Recipients of the MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award will receive:

  • A $750 honorarium.
  • A citation given at the Annual Meeting.