ETA 2014 Process
All current full-time and part-time faculty members from all Columbia departments and programs are eligible for consideration in 2013-2014. All evaluations for the ETA are conducted by the ETA committee, an all-college faculty committe whose members are elected or appointed by the CCFO, the Provost, the Chair's Council, and P-Fac.
Please note that because the selection process includes classroom observations, finalists ordinarily should be teaching at least one course during Spring Semester 2014. Exceptions may be made in cases of extraordinary merit, where there is a pattern of evidence from observations by students and colleagues documenting excellent and innovative teaching.
Students are encouraged to nominate their best Columbia teacher, whether or not they are currently enrolled in one of that teacher’s classes.
Faculty members are encouraged to nominate their most respected and accomplished teaching colleagues.
Friday, February 14, 2014: Nominations are due.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014: Nominated faculty will be notified via e-mail.
Friday, February 28, 2014: Nomination Acceptance Packets are due from nominated faculty via email by 5 p.m. More on this below.
Monday, March 17, 2014: The Excellence in Teaching committee will select a group of finalists by this date and will schedule a classroom observation with each finalist during the weeks following spring break.
Friday, May 9, 2014: The full-time and part-time recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award will be announced at the Academic Affairs End-of-Year Soirée.
can accept a nomination
Please read carefully: because of the number of submissions we receive, we cannot be responsible if nomination packets are incomplete.
***Effective 2012: The Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA) committee will no longer accept hard-copy (paper) applications. In our ongoing pursuit of environmental sustainability, we are asking that all applications be submitted as one full .PDF document.***
A Nomination Acceptance Packet consists of the following seven components:
1. Completed cover sheet (Microsoft Word .Doc Cover Sheet)(Adobe .PDF Cover Sheet)
2. A statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages) that articulates your core values as a teacher and that provides examples of how you practice those values in the classroom.
3. Please provide written responses to the following three questions in light of your teaching philosophy (500-word maximum per question):
• What is your favorite lesson plan or assignment, and why? Please describe the assignment in answering this question.
• How do you create an inclusive learning community in your classroom that respects the diversity of students' voices and needs? (Diversity defined broadly, not just in racial or ethnic terms.)
• In your view, what is the most challenging aspect of teaching and how do you handle this challenge?
4. A relevant syllabus.
5. Support materials: To help illustrate your responses to the above three questions, please attach examples of one or two assignments or activities you use or have used in your teaching.6. Student evaluations from all the courses you taught in Fall 2013 (or the most recent semester in which you taught).
7. Your curriculum vitae.