WID Distinguished Teaching Awards

WID is pleased to announce the WID Awards for
 

-- Distinguished Teaching, 

--Best Assignment Design, and

-- Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching. 

Submission due date: Monday, January 13, 2020 

 


 

The WID Distinguished Teaching award, $3,500, recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated dedication, excellence, and innovation in the teaching of Writing in the Disciplines courses.

 

The WID Best Assignment Design award, $1000, recognizes excellence in assignment design and implementation. Both faculty and graduate students are eligible for this award.

 

The WID Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching award, $500, recognizes outstanding contributions by graduate students to the teaching of writing at GW, either as a graduate assistant or as instructor of record.


It is possible to apply for both Distinguished Teaching and Best Assignment Design. Please make that explicit in the application letter. Faculty and graduate students of all categories and ranks are eligible for these awards.
 


The criteria for the Distinguished Teaching and Best Assignment Design awards are: 

1.  The applicant must have taught at least three complete semesters of WID.
 

2.  The design of the applicant’s WID course(s) must reflect an informed pedagogical concern with the development of students’ capacities as writers within a particular disciplinary context (including—where appropriate and relevant—their capacity to do independent research).
 

3.  Special consideration will be given to innovative course or assignment design that provides students with especially substantive opportunities to practice the modes and methods of writing in the relevant discipline/field.
 

The criteria for the Distinguished Graduate Teaching award are:

1.  The applicant must have taught at least two complete semesters of WID.


2.  The applicant’s contribution to the WID course(s) and/or WID in their teaching or home department must reflect an informed pedagogical concern with the development of students’ capacities as writers within a particular disciplinary context (including—where appropriate and relevant—their capacity to do independent research).


3.  Special consideration will be given to innovative course or assignment design that provides students with especially substantive opportunities to practice the modes and methods of writing in the relevant discipline/field.

 


Applicant dossiers for all awards should include:

1. A letter of support (1 page) from the applicant’s administrator summarizing the case for the applicant. This letter should explain the applicant's contributions to the department's WID curriculum.


2. A letter of application (1-2 pages) that addresses how the applicant uses appropriate pedagogical principles and effective teaching practices to teach writing in the specific discipline or area being taught. Include how assignments reflect these principles and elicit high achievement from student writers (including—where appropriate and relevant—their capacity to do independent research). 


3. A copy of the applicant’s C.V.


4. Copies of relevant course materials (these should include, at a minimum, course syllabi and major assignments).


5. Sample student writing projects from the applicant’s WID courses (2 samples should suffice).


6. Names and emails of 5-10 students who could write a letter in support of the nomination. The selection committee will make direct contact with the students.

 

7. For the Graduate Student Teaching Award: Unofficial transcript of graduate work.

 

8. Any additional evidence of teaching effectiveness and contribution to department/WID program.

 

The entire dossier should not exceed 40 pages, and should be submitted as a single .pdf; material beyond the 40-page limit cannot be considered. Letters need not be on letterhead nor signed by hand; typed signatures are acceptable but must be accompanied with complete contact information in the letter. To obtain a full review from the selection committee, dossiers should be strong, complete, and concise.

 

*Nomination materials will not be returned*

 

Award winners will be selected by a committee consisting of WID directors and faculty. The recipients will be honored at the Faculty Honors Ceremony in April 2020.

We welcome updated nominations for faculty who have previously been nominated.

All materials should be submitted electronically as a single PDF to [email protected] by c.o.b. Monday, January 13, with SUBJ: “LastName FirstName - WID Award Application Packet 2020.” Please name your .pdf file using this standard as well.



If you have any questions, please contact Randi Kristensen, WID Deputy Director, at [email protected]