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E. Phillips Knox Distinguished Teaching Award

Deadlines

OCT 15 | Nominations due 

FEB 1 | Application Packet due 

Established by Miami alumnus E. Phillips Knox, a 1968 graduate, the award recognizes creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level. This award is conferred upon faculty members whose achievements unequivocally merit the recognition for excellence in teaching. Award winners receive a professional expense allocation of $3,000 in support of their teaching and for professional activities related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Faculty candidates for the Knox Award are nominated by their peers. Faculty must be nominated by October 15. Faculty who are nominated and eligible will be invited to submit an application packet by February 1. Selection of finalists will be made by March 1. The Knox Distinguished Teaching Award will be awarded in April at the Spring University Awards Ceremony. The process is described below.

First Round Selection Process

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Knox Award must

  • Be a continuing member of the Miami faculty for at least two years (i.e., tenured/tenure track, lecturer, clinical, or professionally licensed); be in good standing with the department; and be recognized by students for disseminating knowledge, improving the learning experience, and engaging them through creative and innovative teaching methods. 
  • Possess 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:  
    • learning through inquiry, experimentation, and discovery
    • heightened awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and the importance of global contexts
    • active participation in experiential learning and community partnerships

Excellence in Teaching Definition

Application packets will be evaluated based on the aforementioned eligibility criteria and on evidence of the following characteristics of teaching excellence: 

  • Positive student-faculty contact
  • Effective use of active learning techniques
  • Achievable and high expectations
  • Respect for diverse talents and ways of learning
  • Effective communication skills
  • A commitment to teaching well
  • Documented evidence of student learning outcomes

Application Packet Requirements

Application packets are due February 1 to cte@MiamiOH.edu.

The application packet must include 3 components:

  1. At least two letters (no more than 5 letters) discussing how your teaching meets the selection criteria. One of the letters should be from your nominator. At least one of the letters should be from a faculty or staff member at Miami. 
  2. A teaching narrative or statement of 2000 words or less. Please reflect on your teaching and discuss how you met the criteria and definition of teaching excellence. Please reference materials provided in your supporting materials and documented evidence (see #3 below).
  3. Supporting material documenting evidence of excellence in teaching. Evidence might include, but is not limited to
    1. letters of support from students;
    2. examples of assignments/ student work with your reflections on the work; 
    3. evidence of teaching innovation over time;
    4. a video (limited to 15 minutes) of teaching or student work;
    5. course evaluations (summative, e.g., SETs; or formative, e.g., peer review, SGID);
    6. your rationale for the selection of course materials;
    7. examples of your teaching materials (e.g., electronic teaching portfolio, links to games or websites).

Format requirements for application packets, including supporting materials and documented evidence: 12-15 pages total (single or double spaced; 12 point font; Times New Roman; 1 inch page margins)

Please note: Past winners of the Knox Teaching Award or the Distinguished Teaching Award are not eligible until 10 years after their Knox or DTA award date.

Second Round Selection Process

Shortly after February 1, the committee will meet to discuss the applications. Finalists who are selected will be invited for an interview (30 minutes or less) with the selection committee. Interview questions will be standard and provide the selection committee an opportunity to explore the finalists' teaching achievements further. 

The Knox Distinguished Teaching Award will be awarded at the Spring University Awards Ceremony.


University Distinguished Teaching Award Winners

(Ranks are listed at the time of selection and may not reflect subsequent promotions)

2015
  • Full Professor—Andrea J. Ridilla, Music
  • Associate Professor—Ellen J. Yezierski, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Assistant Professor—Peter A. Jamieson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Lecturer—Norm Krumpe, Computer Science and Software Engineering
2014
  • Full Professor—Rodney D. Coates, Black World Studies and Sociology and Gerontology
  • Associate Professor—Sergio L. Sanabria, Architecture and Interior Design
  • Assistant Professor—Andrew R. Casper, Art
  • Lecturer—Alysia A. Fischer, Global Initiatives
2013
  • Full Professor—Hays Cummins, Geography and Western Program
  • Associate Professor—James Moller, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Assistant Professor—Martha Castañeda, Teacher Education
  • Lecturer—Joseph Bates, English

Prior Knox Award Winners

The Knox award winner was selected by the CTE committee by examining the nominees’ teaching portfolios. Teaching portfolios require the nominee to write a reflective statement explaining their approach to teaching to teaching and provide appendix items which provide examples of and evidence for the reflective statement. This reflective process is often seen as valuable by the nominees.

2016—Darrel Davis, Educational Psychology
2012—Rose Marie Ward, Kinesiology and Health
2012—Steven L. Tuck, Classics
2011—Kathleen N. Johnson, English
2010—Joseph Johnson, Psychology
2009—Stacey Lowery Bretz, Chemistry and Biochemistry
2008—Cathy Bishop-Clark, Computer and Information Technology-Middletown
2007—Olga Brezhneva, Mathematics and Statistics
2006—Kathy McMahon-Klosterman, Educational Psychology
2006—Anna Dollár, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
2005—Robert Vogel, Communication
2004—Philip Cottell, Accountancy
2004—Jeffrey Sommers, English, Middletown Campus
2003—Yildirim Dilek, Geology
2002—Timothy Melley, English
2001—Kay Snavely, Management
2000—Joan Fopma-Loy, Nursing, Hamilton Campus
1999—Claire Boge, Music
1998—Glenn Platt, Economics
1997—Steven Bauer, English
1996—Don Kaufman, Zoology
1995—Osama Ettouney, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering