Trustees' Teaching Award

Trustees' Teaching Award

Each spring Trustees' Teaching Awards are made to honor outstanding teaching during the previous academic year.  Winners of the award for the School of Education will be chosen by an ad hoc committee appointed by the School’s Faculty Development Committee. Please note: Members of the Faculty Development Committee who are nominated for a Trustees’ Teaching Award will not serve on the committee that makes recommendations for awards.

From the Academic Handbook:

Be it Resolved by the Board of Trustees of Indiana University, that:

  1. The Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA) is abolished.
  2. The Trustees' Teaching Award is hereby established. 
  3. The Trustees' Teaching Award shall be awarded before the completion of each academic year, beginning with 2000-2001, to the following: 
    1. tenured and tenure-track faculty, and 
    2. full-time lecturer and clinical faculty whose primary duty is teaching, who have demonstrated that they are the best teachers. 
  4. The recipients of the award shall receive a sum of $2,500.

Criteria and Procedures

Each spring Trustees’ Teaching Awards are made to honor teaching during the previous calendar year. The Merit Review Process will provide the basis for identifying candidates for the Trustees’ Teaching Award. Department chairs may nominate up to 15% of their tenured/tenure track faculty (tenure probationary, tenured, clinical faculty), basing their nominations on evidence of outstanding teaching in the previous year. Teaching will be broadly construed and may be indicated by high student evaluations, colleague evaluations/observations, innovations in teaching, service related to teaching and teaching publications.

Instructions for Chairs

Although the selection of nominees for the Trustees’ Award should be guided by the Merit Review Process, this should not be interpreted to mean that only those ranked highest in the merit review can be nominated. Chairs are also welcome to use nominations to encourage as well as reward strong teaching, and to consider nominating innovative educators who may not have been previously acknowledged.

In addition, in spring 2011, the SOE Policy Council approved the following guideline:

“That Indiana University Bloomington faculty members who have been awarded the Trustees’ Award for two consecutive years be ineligible for a nomination in the subsequent third year but may be re-nominated after a one year gap. (In other words, a faculty member who receives the award in 2011 and 2012 cannot be nominated in 2013, but can be re-nominated in 2014.)”

Criteria for Review of Materials

The Faculty Development Committee will use the following criteria to review each nominee's materials:

  • Evidence of course planning that provides high expectations for student performance (such as in
  • critical/creative/design thinking; problem solving and problem finding; collaboration; & students challenging themselves);
  • Evidence of student engagement and learning;
  • Evidence of reflective and responsive teaching practice;
  • Evidence of a clear conceptual teaching framework that is enacted in practice (for example, in consistency between philosophy and practice);
  • Evidence of promotion of an inclusive environment; and
  • Evidence of innovation and willingness to be creative/take risks in teaching.
Procedures for Submitting Nominee Materials

The nominee should prepare a succinct electronic packet of materials for the Faculty Development Committee reviewers, including:

  1. A statement (2-3 double -spaced pages) composed by the nominee that includes a discussion of how her/his educational philosophy is implemented in practice and a critical self-analysis of her/his teaching during the 2018 calendar year. The statement must not exceed 3 double-spaced pages, 12 pt. font, one inch margins. Nominees may attach a list of references if needed.
  2. Copies of student evaluations from the previous year;
  3. A copy of the syllabus from each course taught during the previous year;
  4. One letter of support, maximum one page in length, written by someone in a position to attest to your teaching competencies and innovations; and
  5. A teaching Vita which lists all teaching activities and publications in the previous year.

Do not include any additional material as it will not be considered. Each file should be converted to PDF format and appropriately named. Candidates should contact Jane Kaho at mkaho@indiana.edu to receive a link to a box folder into which all submission materials should be uploaded. The Faculty Development Committee will determine the recipient. The Teaching Awards are presented at the annual Celebration of Teaching Ceremony held in the School of Education Auditorium each spring.

In addition to a monetary award, recipients will receive a certificate and have their names placed on a plaque honoring previous and current winners.

2017-2018
  • Barabar Dennis
  • Leslie Rutkowski
  • Laura Stachowski
  • Jesse Steinfeldt
  • Gus Weltsek
  • Quentin Wheeler-Bell
2016-2017
  • Janet Decker
  • Suzanne Eckes
  • Anne Leftwich
  • Lucy LePeau
  • Jessica Lester
  • Marjorie Treff
2015-2016
  • Phil Carspecken
  • Sharon Daley
  • Janet Decker
  • Amy Hackenberg
  • Rob Kunzman
  • Jessica Lester
2014-2015
  • Dionne Cross
  • Joshua Danish
  • Suzanne Eckes
  • Amy Hackenberg
  • Jessica Lester
  • Walter Ray Smith
  • Joel Wong
2013-2014
  • Phil Carspecken
  • Janet Decker
  • Frank DiSilvestro
  • Kathryn Engebretson
  • Lynn Gilman
  • Dubravka Svetina
  • Mary Waldron
2012-2013
  • Donna Adomat
  • Gary Crow
  • Joshua Danish 
  • Danielle DeSawal
  • Meredith Park Rogers 
  • Mary McMullen
2011-2012
  • Gretchen Butera
  • Serafin Coronel-Molina 
  • Suzanne Eckes 
  • Melissa Keller 
  • Heidi Ross 
  • Jesse Steinfeldt
2010-11
  • Lynne Boyle-Baise
  • Gary Crow 
  • Joshua Danish 
  • David Flinders 
  • Diana Lambdin 
  • Anne Leftwich 
  • Karen Wohlwend 
2009-10
  • Valarie Akerson 
  • Phil Carspecken 
  • Suzanne Eckes 
  • Ted Frick 
  • Leana McClain 
  • Anne Stright 
  • Y. Joel Wong  
2008-09
  • Curtis Bonk 
  • Phil Carspecken 
  • Laura Stachowski 
  • Rob Toutkoushian 
  • Andrea Walton 
  • Karen Wohlwend 
  • Joel Wong 
2007-08
  • Valarie Akerson 
  • Phil Carspecken 
  • Laura Stachowski 
  • Rob Toutkoushian 
  • Gerald Campano 
  • Suzanne Eckes 
  • Vasti Torres 
  • Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz 
2006-07
  • Valarie Akerson 
  • Gerald Campano 
  • Phil Carspecken 
  • Suzanne Eckes 
  • Barbara Korth 
  • Genevieve Williamson 
2005-06
  • Lynne Boyle-Baise 
  • Stephanie Carter 
  • Suzanne Eckes 
  • David Flinders 
  • Robert Kunzman 
  • Martha McCarthy 
  • Leana McClain 
2004-05
  • Barbara Bichelmeyer 
  • Curtis Bonk 
  • Suzanne Eckes 
  • Robert Kunzman 
  • Martha McCarthy 
  • Leana McClain 
  • Troy Sadler 
2003-04
  • Valarie Akerson 
  • Edward Delgado Romero 
  • Suzanne Eckes 
  • Martha McCarthy 
  • Mary McMullen 
  • Laura Stachowski 
2002-03
  • Valarie Akerson 
  • Dave Flinders 
  • Pete Kloosterman 
  • Leana McClain-Clinical 
  • Lew Polsgrove 
  • Andrea Walton 
  • Enid Zimmerman 
2001-02
  • Lee Ehman 
  • Mitzi Lewison 
  • Martha McCarthy 
  • Mary McMullen 
  • Margaret Sutton 
  • Barbara Wolf 
  • Enid Zimmerman 
2000-01
  • Barbara Bichelmeyer 
  • Ginette Delandshere 
  • David Flinders 
  • Mitzi Lewison 
  • Mary McMullen 
  • Margaret Sutton