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.
The details below are for the 2020 competition. Details are subject to change for future competitions.
- will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2019-20 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
Each program may nominate one MS and one PhD student by submitting:
- A letter of support from the department head (please note any departmental honors awarded to this student for excellence in teaching)
- A current curriculum vitae for the nominee
- The nominee's Teaching Portfolio. Please use the following Headings and limit to
six double spaced pages (total) using 12 point font and submit as a single PDF file.
The point values indicate the weighting placed on each item by the MAGS review panel.
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy (10 points)
- Evidence of Instructional Design, Innovation, Delivery, Course Management, and Student Learning (25 points)
- Teaching in Action Video (10 minute maximum; 25 points)
- YouTube video with embedded link. See instructions from MAGS.
- Please note that a variety of teaching settings may be used for the video including but not limited to lecture, facilitated discussion, lab, etc. as appropriate to the course; focus is on the quality of teaching/learning, e.g. student engagement, enthusiasm, and knowledge of subject matter, rather than expertise in creating the video
- Student Evaluation of Teaching (20 points)
- Please indicate courses taught as a graduate student at this institution, number of students, instructional responsibility, and a summary of student evaluations
- Evidence of Scholarship in Teaching/Learning (10 points)
- Publications/presentations or grant proposals submitted/funded which focused on teaching/learning
- Evidence of how pedagogical research informs your teaching
- Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring (5 points)
Nomination packets are due January 9, 2020 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.