Teaching Excellence Awards

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to recognize the involvement of faculty members in pursuit of teaching excellence, and in order to promote the continuation of such involvement with the Teaching Excellence Award.

The focus of the Teaching Excellence Award is on the "Scholarship of Teaching" as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in the Position Statement on Defining Scholarship for the Discipline of Nursing. The following definition and criteria are based on this position statement.

"The Scholarship of teaching is an inquiry that produces knowledge to support the transfer of the science and art of nursing from the expert to the novice, building bridges between the teacher's understanding and the student's learning," (Boyer, 1990). "This scholarly approach supports the development of educational environments that embrace diverse learning styles, and increasingly, places the focus of education on the learner (Edgerton, 1997)." "The Scholarship of teaching is conducted through application of knowledge of the discipline or specialty area in the teaching-learning process, the development of innovative teaching and evaluation methods, program development, learning outcome evaluation, and professional role modeling."

Eligibility: The award is open to all nursing faculty who teach at Avila University, Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University or William Jewell College. Faculty members will be eligible for the award once every two years. These awards will be given to faculty member’s who have made a positive difference in the teaching climate of the college or university and includes a $1,000 honorarium. The Nursing Program Administrator, Nursing Dean and/or the appropriate committee should nominate and recommend the recipient of the award. The Nursing Program Administrator, Nursing Dean and/or appropriate committee invites all teaching faculty to submit nominations for the annual Teaching Excellence Award. Faculty members may also self-nominate.

Deadline: Nomination materials must be submitted to the Nursing Program Administrator, Nusring Dean and/or appropriate committe by November 1. The Nursing Program Administrator or Nursing Dean must forward their final recommendation to The Research Foundation by January 1.

Process for nomination:

  • Completed Teaching Excellence Award application form.
  • A short essay from the nominee that describes how the they meet the criteria named above (no more than one typed page).
  • Appropriate supporting documentation (presentations related to teaching and learning; accreditation or other comprehensive program reports; successful applications of technology to teaching and learning; positive peer assessments of innovations in teaching, state, regional, national or international recognition as a master teacher; grant awards in support of teaching and learning; design of outcome studies or evaluation/assessment programs and/or peer-reviewed publications of related research completed in the last three years).
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Letter of support from a peer.
  • Criteria: In order to aid the nominator the following criteria for teaching excellence are suggested. Faculty members can be nominated on any one or more of these criteria, or on criteria developed and articulated by the nominator. Please consider for nomination any individual faculty member who:

  • Has demonstrated model teaching that has been emulated or proved successful over time.
  • Through activities has inspired other teachers or has encouraged other faculty to take a more active interest in their teaching.
  • Has developed or originated new subject (content) areas in the discipline or nursing.
  • Has devised new, original, or pioneering, teaching methods or processes of instructional support.
  • Has developed programs and learning outcome evaluation methods supportive of excellent teaching.
  • Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Release Form. Provide a signed copy to the person you select to provide your letter of recommendation.
  • Has demonstrated leadership in mentoring faculty or students.
  • Has developed educational programs for lifelong learning or leadership in shaping educational policy.
  • Nominate now.

    Send completed application materials to (official transcripts must be sent from university or college):

    The Research Foundation
    2316 E. Meyer Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64132