2024 Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching (JET) Award








The Academy of Distinguished Teaching at UCR, in partnership with the Division of Undergraduate Education, is soliciting nominations for the 2024 Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching (JET) Award. The JET award recognizes superior teaching at the Assistant Professor level. All ladder-rank Senate faculty members who are pre-tenure at the time of nomination are eligible (this includes Assistant Professors of Teaching).

The JET award honors junior faculty members whose early career record demonstrates the commitment and determination of an outstanding teacher while pursuing research excellence. Hallmarks of the successful nominees are vibrancy, passion, and devotion to the teaching mission, as well as the efficacy of results. 

Winners will receive the title UC Riverside Junior Faculty Distinguished Teaching Professor, in addition to a one-time research stipend in the amount of $1,000. Awardee(s) will be honored at a campus-wide Symposium on Teaching Excellence and Innovation, followed by a Celebration of Teaching reception on May 29, 2024. 

The awardee will be selected by members of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching. The deadline for receipt of application materials is April 12, 2024, and awardees will be announced in Spring Quarter 2024.

Instructions for assembly and submission of the nomination:

  1. One faculty member (or Department Chair), serving as the lead nominator, should assemble all documents into a single PDF file. The file is to be forwarded to the UCR Academy of Distinguished Teaching, c/o Kyle Ingram (kingram@ucr.edu) by Friday, April 12, 2024.

  2. The subject line of an electronic submission should read, for example: "Nomination of Dr. (name) for the 2024 JET Award."

  3. Nominations should include the following in a single PDF file in this specific order:

    1. A nomination letter from a faculty member who is taking the lead in assembling the nomination package. Self-nominations will also be considered and should be used as the nomination letter itself.

    2. A Department Chair's letter endorsing the nomination and addressing teaching load/difficulty. A department chair can also serve as a primary nominator.

    3. The nominee's teaching statement, not to exceed two pages, which describes the individual's teaching philosophy, teaching load, and teaching accomplishments as a junior faculty member at UCR.

    4. Up to five letters of support from faculty, students, or individuals who can provide additional evidence of excellence in campus and/or non-university teaching venues.

    5. Representative student numerical and narrative evaluations for courses taught at UCR.

For any questions about the award and/or nominations, please contact Kyle Ingram, Chair of the ADT Awards Committee (kingram@ucr.edu).