Distinguished Faculty Awards

University Award for Distinguished Teaching

Award For Distinguished Teaching

The University Award for Distinguished Teaching is the highest honor granted to a member of the Butler faculty. It celebrates a faculty member who has demonstrated truly outstanding effort, accomplishment, and dedicated service to Butler students' best educational interests. Nominators are encouraged to solicit an updated CV from the nominee in order to provide explicit, up-to-date examples, including, where applicable:

  • The faculty member's excellence in her or his discipline.
  • The faculty member's success in generating enthusiasm, insight, and thought in classrooms, studios, or laboratories.
  • Practices that show the faculty member to be creative, stimulating, or responsive.
  • Teaching that is especially collaborative, supportive, or innovative.
  • Mentoring and advising that inspire academic excellence.
  • Support for student research, scholarship, and creative activity.
  • Innovative and creative pedagogical approaches in teaching style, evaluation methods, and/or course design.
  • Ability to stimulate intellectual excitement and to motivate students.
  • History of offering courses that are intellectually and/or creatively rigorous and challenging.
  • Promotion of a wide range of ideas and of a classroom climate that supports the open expression of diverse opinions.
  • Responsiveness to the needs of a diverse student body.
  • Openness and receptiveness to different learning styles and approaches.
  • Maintaining an atmosphere of integrity, civility, and respect in the classroom/studio/lab.
  • Providing support, encouragement, and inspiration.
  • Accessibility in and beyond the classroom.
  • Thoughtful mentoring and guidance of student projects.
  • Evidence of student learning achievement.
  • Presentations of teaching on campus or in other settings. 
  • Practices that lead students to lives of purpose.


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