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Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in Race & Ethnicity Instruction

Courses that satisfy the LSA Race & Ethnicity (R&E) degree requirement provide discussion concerning the meaning of race, ethnicity, and racism; racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality as it occurs in the United States or elsewhere; and comparisons of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, social class, or gender. The Individual Award for Contributions to Undergraduate Education in Race & Ethnicity Instruction acknowledges the particular challenges, opportunities, and rewards of excellence in this distinctive area of the LSA curriculum.

Eligibility: All teaching faculty of R&E courses, including lecturers, are eligible for this award. Nominees cannot have received this award previously, and must not be current members of the LSA Curriculum Committee. For a list of award recipients, please see below.

Evaluation Criteria

Created in 2017, this award recognizes faculty members who are exceptionally dedicated to the educational experiences of undergraduates in courses that serve the LSA R&E degree requirement, and who demonstrate this dedication through achievements and innovations in their own and others’ classrooms or academic programs. Examples of achievements for which the award should be considered include:

  • Excellence in classroom teaching in undergraduate courses, as demonstrated by student evaluations, student testimonials, and (if applicable) faculty peer observations or reviews.
  • Outstanding contributions to the undergraduate program through curriculum innovation, creativity in course design, or other significant contributions to the quality of the College’s teaching-learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effort to spread teaching innovations and best practices outside the home department and across the College or University.

Calendar for Submission and Evaluation of Nominations

Nominations accepted until mid-to-late February. Nominations will be reviewed by the LSA Curriculum Committee, which will recommend an award recipient to the LSA Executive Committee. Each successful nominee will be notified in May and will be presented an award of $3,500 at the beginning of the following academic year.