2023 Community Engaged Teaching Award

UCR’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching, in partnership with the Division of Undergraduate Education, is soliciting nominations for the 2023 Community Engaged Teaching Award. All ladder-rank Senate faculty members are eligible (this includes Professors of Teaching/LSOE). Two or more faculty members teaching as a unit may be nominated as a single team. This is the inaugural year for this new award.

Winner(s) will receive a one-time monetary award of $1,000 and will be honored at a campus-wide Symposium on Teaching Excellence and Innovation, followed by a Celebration of Teaching reception, in the spring of 2023.

Winner(s) will be selected for their commitment to teaching with mutually-beneficial, respectful, and sustained collaboration that creates reciprocal value for students and community partners. Their community engaged teaching should include one or more of the following criteria: 1) enrich the scholarship of the institution by accessing community cultural wealth and expertise, 2) enhance community well-being, 3) deepen students’ civic and academic learning, and/or 4) facilitate opportunities for critical reflection.

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. Requests for letters of support must be made by the person assembling the file, though these requests may be made in consultation with the nominee. The file is to be forwarded to the UCR Academy of Distinguished Teachers, c/o Bree Lang by March 31, 2023.
  2. The subject line of an electronic submission should read, for example: "Nomination of Dr. (name) for the 2023 Community Engaged Teaching 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. If the lead faculty member is not the nominee’s Department Chair, a letter from the Department Chair endorsing the nomination and addressing teaching load/difficulty.
    3. The nominee's self-statement, not to exceed two pages, which details the community engaged aspects of their teaching strategies and data-driven evidence of impact of these approaches on student success.
    4. Up to five letters of support from a combination of faculty and students.
    5. Representative student evaluation data that provides evidence of innovative teaching.

For any questions about the award and/or nominations, please contact Bree Lang, Chair of the ADT Awards Committee Bree Lang.