The Trustees Teaching Awards (TTA) in the Jacobs School of Music will be awarded to full-time tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track (NTT) faculty based on evidence of outstanding teaching. Those who have received the award in the past three academic years are ineligible.
A five-member ad hoc committee appointed by the Jacobs School of Music Faculty Issues Committee will choose award recipients. Campus guidelines state that the TTA is to be awarded to 6% of the School’s tenured and tenure-track faculty and 6% of the NTT faculty. The amount of these awards are determined each year by the Campus. An announcement will to be sent to the faculty and student list in early November each year.
There are three ways that a faculty member can be nominated for this award.
- All full-time permanent faculty may self-nominate.
- Chairs will be notified of the faculty in their department who are eligible and will be encouraged to nominate strong faculty from their department.
- Students and peers are encouraged to nominate deserving faculty by December 1 by submitting their name to the Associate Dean of Instruction. The ADI will notify the chair and the nominee.
Those who wish to be considered must submit a letter of application highlighting their accomplishments as a teacher (see criteria listed below) and a video of their teaching (no more than 15 minutes in length). Applicants should contact Sherri Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org) for submission instructions. Applicants must include a letter of support from a tenured or long-term NTT JSoM faculty member who has knowledge of the applicant’s teaching, which should be sent to Sherri Bishop (email@example.com). All materials must be submitted by March 1.
Criteria for Review of Materials
DMAI reports and summaries of teaching evaluations will be provided by the Office of the Associate Dean for Instruction. Other criteria to be considered will include:
- Innovations in teaching
- Course and curriculum development
- Teaching publications and presentations
- Student achievements
- Peer observations
- Service related to teaching
Greater weight will be given to activity within the last three years.
Award recipients will be selected by an ad hoc committee of five faculty members (including two members from the Faculty Issues Committee) appointed by the Associate Dean for Instruction. The committee will be formed after the nominations are submitted in order to avoid direct conflicts of interest and will include at least one member from a performance department and one member from an academic department. The work of the committee must be completed by March 30th. The award recipients will be notified by email and an official announcement of the awards will occur at the end of the spring semester.
Awards will be made before April 1.
Above policy reviewed and approved by the School of Music Council on December 1, 2022.