Distinguished Teaching Awards - Guidance for Letters of Support
This document has been created to assist those who are writing letters of support for Distinguished Teaching Awards applicants.
What does it mean to be recognized as a Distinguished Teacher at IU Southeast? The recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Awards is recognized as someone who, over the course of multiple years, has distinguished themselves for their commitment to advancing student learning and teaching excellence. This excellence can be characterized by many qualities. A distinguished teacher:
- Promotes active learning.
- Encourages students to think imaginatively, critically, and independently.
- Promotes a love of learning.
- Empowers students to apply subject matter knowledge and conceptualize implications.
- Respects diversity and uses inclusive pedagogical techniques.
- Provides leadership and contributes to excellence in curriculum development.
- Is recognized by students, peers, and administrators for their distinguished effort.
- Incorporates methods and materials that enhance student learning.
- Systematically develops their courses to enhance student learning.
- Engages in self-analysis and pedagogical analyses and/or research to enhance student learning.
- Engages students in relevant out-of-class activities.
- Provides direct evidence of student learning and success.