This award is conferred upon faculty members whose achievements unequivocally merit the recognition for excellence in teaching. Up to four awards are given annually with up to one award for each of the four levels of Miami University faculty: (1) Full Professors; (2) Associate Professors; (3) Assistant Professors; and (4) Clinical, Lecturer, and/or Part-time faculty. Award winners receive a professional expense allocation of $2,000 in support of their teaching and for professional activities related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
CriteriaNominees must meet the following criteria:
- Member of the Miami faculty for a least two years
- Qualities of a creative and innovative educator with a demonstrated record of fostering critical thinking and engagement of undergraduates along one or more of the following dimensions: (a) learning through inquiry, experimentation, and discovery; (b) heightened awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and the importance of global contexts, or (c) active participation in experiential learning and community partnerships.
To submit a nomination, please send a letter of support which specifically addresses each of the two qualifications mentioned above, and the nominee's current curriculum vita to the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment at either firstname.lastname@example.org or CELTUA, 317 Laws Hall, 551 E. High St., Oxford, OH 45056.
Finalists for the Distinguished Teaching Award are asked to provide the names of two to five Miami students, faculty, staff, administrators, or alumni who could provide an additional recommendation. The chair of the CELTUA Committee solicits letters from the recommenders, one of which must be from a student. The winners are announced during the fall semester.
Past winners of the Knox Teaching Award are not eligible for the Distinguished Teaching Award for 10 years from the Knox award date.