WID Distinguished Teaching Awards

WID is pleased to announce the WID Distinguished Teaching Awards will be awarded again this year. The due date for nomination packages is EXTENDED TO c.o.b. Friday, February 13.  In addition to our regular awards for Distinguished Teaching and Best Assignment Design, this year inaugurates the WID Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching award. We encourage you to nominate your exemplary graduate student assistants for this recognition!

The WID Distinguished Teaching award, $3,500, will be awarded each year to a member of the faculty 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.

The WID Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching award, $500, recognizes outstanding contributions by graduate students to the teaching of writing at GW.

Nominations for this award may be submitted by department chairs, program directors, or other administrators with an equivalent supervisory relationship with WID faculty and graduate students (e.g., associate or assistant deans).

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 nominee must have taught at least three complete semesters of WID.

2.  The design of the nominee’s WID course(s) must reflect a genuine and 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 unique or 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 nominee must have taught at least two complete semesters of WID.

2.  The nominee’s contribution to the WID course(s) and/or WID in their teaching or home department must reflect a genuine and 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 unique or especially substantive opportunities to practice the modes and methods of writing in the relevant discipline/field.


Nomination dossiers for all awards should include:

1.  A letter of transmittal (1-2 pgs.) from the nominating administrator summarizing the case for the nominee. This letter should substantially explain the nominee's contributions to the department's WID curriculum.

2.  A copy of the nominee’s C.V.

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

4.  Sample student writing projects from the nominee’s WID courses (2-3 samples should suffice).

5.  Letters of support from 1-5 students from a WID course taught or assisted by the nominee    (1-2 pgs. each).

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

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

The entire dossier should be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 50; material beyond the 50-page limit will not 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 past recipients and WID/UWP directors and faculty. The recipients will be honored at the Faculty Honors Ceremony during the Spring semester.

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

All materials should be submitted electronically in a single PDF to Gil Huerta (ghuerta@email.gwu.edu) by c.o.b. Friday, February 13, 2015. 


If you have any questions, please contact Randi Kristensen, WID Deputy Director, at rkris@gwu.edu.