The CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize regular (Maroon Award) and fixed-term (Gold Award) CHSBS faculty members who go above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. The recipients are​ selected by the CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Committee, chaired by Dr. Marcy Taylor, interim associate dean, and composed of a representative from each department within the college.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recipients are experts in their fields, effective and creative in promoting student learning, inspire students to high achievement and receive high praise from them in return, and are admired advisors and mentors​ to future educators. 

​​​Nomination Process

CHSBS accepts nominations for two Excellence in Teaching Awards each year:

  • CHSBS Maroon Excellence in Teaching Award for regular faculty
  • CHSBS Gold Excellence in Teaching Award for Fixed-term faculty
Nominations may come from faculty colleagues or from students. Please provide a nomination letter (at least 250 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award and submit it to the contact information below.

The Excellence in Teaching Committee will seek an endorsement statement for each nominee from the associated department chairperson.  

Nomination Criteria

Student letters should address how the nominee accomplishes the following:

  • Builds rapport with students
  • Creates clear and high expectations
  • Increases the knowledge level of the students
  • Engages students and inspires them to learn
  • Builds a sense of community within the classroom
  • Applies content to real life in a student-friendly manner
  • Mentors and advises students beyond the classroom

In addition to these criteria, faculty colleagues may comment on the following characteristics of the nominee’s teaching:

  • Expertise in his or her field
  • Effective methods for enhancing student learning
  • Teaching strategies that reflect best practices in the respective field
  • Respect for and accessibility to students
  • Leadership within the department and college regarding curricular and pedagogical effectiveness
  • Support for students and student success

Contact Information​

​Faculty, submit your nomination via e-mail to​ or in writing to:

Excellence in Teaching Award
CHSBS Office of the Dean
Anspach 106
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Attention: Sue Sova

Deadline: February 1st, 2019