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It’s time to nominate for USDA teaching excellence awards

As the new academic year begins, now is the time to charge your nomination teams to prepare for the 2011 nomination process for the USDA National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Nominations are due at NIFA no later than March 15, 2011. Please forward this important notice to appropriate faculty and administrators to recognize your exceptional teaching faculty.

This awards program honors innovation and excellence in teaching. Recipients receive a stipend, plaque, and recognition during the national APLU conference. Please be reminded this awards program is open to faculty in all the food and agricultural sciences disciplines.

Teacher nominees must be employed by a college or university that: (1) confers a baccalaureate or higher degree in at least one area of the food and agricultural sciences for which the teacher is nominated, (2) has demonstrated a commitment to the food and agricultural sciences, and (3) attributes a high priority to its education mission.

Teacher nominees may be nominated in two categories:

  • Regional – A teacher selected from any of the four regions, deemed by the review panel to exhibit sustained and meritorious teaching, and who has maintained at least five consecutive years experience in higher education teaching. While a sustained pattern of meritorious activity is expected, this award does not recognize teaching longevity so much as the quality of recent achievements involving teaching philosophy, methodology, and self-assessment aimed at improvement.
  • New Teacher – A teacher selected from any of the four regions, who has demonstrated a commitment to a career in teaching and is deemed by the review panel to exhibit meritorious teaching, but who has no more than seven consecutive years experience in higher education teaching, as defined in this section.

For complete award program description, nomination guidelines, and nomination forms visit:

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/business/other_links/serdteachaward.html

Note: Several modifications have been made to the 2011 Nomination Guidelines document. Please ensure you consult the web address above for the most recent awards program guidelines.

Submission deadline is March 15, 2011.

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