Graduate Teaching Awards

Graduate Studies invites nominations for the Chancellor, Carlin, and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students at the University of Kansas. We thank the Chancellor, the KU Endowment Association, and Diana Carlin for generously providing funding for these awards.

Nomination Period: October 24 - November 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST


Each nominee must be a graduate student:

  • in good academic standing during the semester of teaching for which they are nominated
  • that has completed at least one semester of teaching; and
  • with teaching responsibilities during the 2022 calendar year (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, or Fall 2022)

Award Details

  • Awardees will receive a monetary prize of $1000 for Chancellor's Awards, $750 for Carlin Awards, and $500 for Graduate Studies Outstanding GTA Awards.
  • The top doctoral and top master's awardees with a Teaching In Action video (currently required by MAGS) will be nominated for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award in January 2023.

Nomination/Application Process & Documents

Each department/program may nominate up to two (2) graduate teaching assistants. Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination form below. Nominators will receive a system confirmation that their nomination was successfully submitted upon completion of the online form.  

A nomination statement from the nominee's department or program. The letter/statement should include any descriptions of departmental honors awarded to the student for excellence in teaching.

Current curriculum vitae for the nominee. Please highlight any awards for teaching excellence. 

Undergraduate and/or graduate student letters/statements of support for the nominee. Please combine all supporting documentation as one PDF. 

The portfolio should be no longer than six (6) pages, double-spaced, 12-point font that includes the following components:

  • Statement of teaching philosophy: the applicant should convey their core ideas about being an effective teacher. share their beliefs and values related to teaching and learning and discuss their goals and the methods or strategies they use to achieve those goals.
  • Evidence of instructional design for improved student learning: the applicant should convey their experience as an instructor, explain how they have used instructional design to develop learning materials, experiences, and environments that promote better student learning. This could include content production, learning activities, student-instructor interaction, peer-to-peer interaction, effective assessments and so on.
  • Evidence of effective student/colleague mentoring: the applicant should describe their experience with mentoring students outside of the classroom, either related to the course or in other settings. Additionally, the applicant should describe any experience they have with mentoring peers or colleagues in the context of teaching.
  • Evidence of professional development: the applicant should explain or describe how they have used professional development opportunities to grow in their teaching excellence.

The 10-minute Teaching In Action video is required in order to be eligible for nomination to the MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award. If the nominee does not want to be eligible for the MAGS award, then the video is optional and nominee is still eligible for the KU GTA Awards.

  • The video should  demonstrate how the applicant has implemented key elements of their teaching philosophy or instructional design. A variety of teaching settings may be used for the video including but not limited to lecture, facilitated discussion, lab, etc. as appropriate to the course. Rather than expertise in creating the video, the focus should be on activities that demonstrate improved learning, such as student engagement, personalized learning, project-based learning, etc. For asynchronous online courses, a video presentation by the instructor of key engaged learning activities, or learning  environments, would be examples of good evidence. 

Selection Criteria

GTA Awards are given to graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding professional interaction with students and faculty while working as a GTA. Nominees will be evaluated on these criteria:

  • Strength of the letters of recommendation from faculty and/or students
  • Depth and level of teaching experience
  • Strength of the nominee’s teaching portfolio
  • Specific qualities that distinguish the nominee from other good teachers
  • Optional 10-minute (maximum) video recording of the nominee teaching in action. Detailed instructions for creating a video and link can be found in the MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award website.

Nominations are reviewed and awarded in fall by members of the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty. 

Award Nomination Form

GTA Nomination Form
Nomination Deadline: November 22nd, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST
Nomination Form