CMU Excellence in Teaching Awards

Excellence in Teaching Awards

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Deadline: Sunday, October 10, 2021 11:59 p.m.

Central Michigan University has a long and proud tradition of excellence in teaching. The faculty of Central Michigan University has maintained this tradition by setting high standards in demanding competence of all its members. At the same time, however, there are occasions when faculty members exceed the usual standards and expectations.  

The Academic Senate believes that such occasions and individuals should receive special recognition and has therefore established the annual CMU Excellence in Teaching Awards, directed by the Excellence in Teaching Awards Committee (ETAC) and supported by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support.  

Past Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

            Past winners by year: 1985 - Present

Lorrie Ryan Memorial CMU Excellence in Teaching Award 

Established in 2006 in memory of Dr. Lorrie Ryan by her family and friends, this award is used to recognize CMU Excellence in Teaching Award recipients who particularly embody the characteristics in Dr. Ryan's teaching practice. Dr. Ryan was an Associate Professor in Human Environmental Studies and an awardee of the 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award. She was passionate about knowing her students; always seeking to build community, respect, and rapport in her classes in order to establish a positive foundation for learning.  

Past winners by year: 2007 - Present

CMU Student Choice Excellence in Teaching Award 

The CMU Student Choice Excellence in Teaching Award is facilitated by the student members of the CMU Excellence in Teaching Committee (ETAC) and in coordination with the Excellence in Teaching Award timeline. The student ETAC members organize and complete the entire process under the supervision of the committee chairperson.  An email announcement with nomination instructions is sent out to the entire student body.    
Past winners by year: 2005 - Present

For further information on this award or the nomination process, please contact us 989.774.3615 or