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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.

Documentation Required

Departments with fewer than 30 FTE faculty may nominate up to two individuals; departments with 30 or more may nominate up to three. Please include the following for each nominee:

  1. Completed Nomination Form from Chair, Associate Chair, or Director. The Nomination Form will function to introduce the nomination packet, so please do not include a cover letter!
  2. Enrollment and grading data for all courses that the nominee taught for the past four years—that is, please complete the table below for each nominee. Average grade and enrollment data are available in the Teaching History Report in the LSA Management Reporting System. (Questions about access and questions about the Teaching History Reports, interpreting the data, etc., should be sent to LSATechnologyServices@umich.edu.)
  3. Teaching evaluations for all undergraduate courses that the nominee taught for the past four years. Please do NOT include student comments, but only the numerical ratings. If any student comments are particularly illuminating, we suggest you make reference to them in the Nomination Form.
  4. Optional) Short “testimonials” from up to three former students of the nominee, using the Student Supporting Statement form. If supporting statements are solicited, please consider having the nominee provide the names and email addresses of several students who would make good candidates for this, but in the interest of confidentiality and transparency, please do not ask the nominee to reach out directly to students, and please do not inform the nominee of which students responded. Students who are asked to consider writing a statement should be given an easy way out, e.g.: “Please respond within a week if you have time, opportunity, and desire to write a supporting statement. We will not assume anything about what you think of the faculty member if you do not reply.”
  5. (Optional) Up to 5 additional pages of write-ups from faculty peer evaluations / classroom observations of the nominee, or similar supporting documentation.

All submissions should be in electronic form. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Each nomination should be sent as a SINGLE PDF file to Assistant Dean Dorine Lawrence-Hughes (dlawhugh@umich.edu) and Cameron Gibelyou (gibelyou@umich.edu). Please title the PDF file “R&E Individual Contributions, [Nominee Name], [Name of Nominating Department]”.

Table

INSTRUCTOR NAME:

Semester

Course

Enrollment

E&E Q1 Score

E&E Q2 Score

Average Grade in Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Evaluation Form

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

2021 Alisse Portnoy English Language and Literature
2020 Anthony Mora American Culture
2019 Gregory Dowd History, American Culture & Native American Studies
2017 Jason De Leon Anthropology