Friday, November 12, 2010

Nominate a PC Instructor for the Distinguished Teaching Award

Phoenix College Distinguished Teaching Award

One of the hallmarks for excellence in two-year colleges is the recognition and reward of excellence in teaching. Phoenix College has established the Distinguished Teaching Award to recognize teaching excellence by its faculty. Recipients receive a plaque, have all expenses paid to professional conferences or seminars (up to $1,500), and share their methods and techniques with other faculty. Also, they award a $250 scholarship given in their name to a qualified PC student of their choice. The recipient of this award is chosen by a committee of peers, based on a screening process, submitted supporting paperwork, and classroom observation of the nominees.

To be eligible for the Distinguished Teaching Award, nominees must demonstrate a sustained contribution to the students and the college. Therefore, before being nominated, nominees must be current residential (full-time) faculty and have completed three or more years of residential (full-time) teaching at Phoenix College. Any student, employee, alumnus of Phoenix College, or any member of the community may make nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Complete the online form, and explain, to the best of your knowledge, why the nominee is a Phoenix College Distinguished Teacher. Consider how the nominee demonstrates any or all of the distinguished teaching criteria listed below. Address only those areas about which you have knowledge. Do not feel that you must address all of the established criteria.

1. With Students

* displays a high degree of respect for attitudes and values of the students
* interacts effectively in formal and informal situations
* concentrates on students needs
* allows students to explore ideas effectively
* encourages life-long learning
* demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching and for subject area
* invites independent thinking

2. With Subject Area

* stays current with new information
* develops classroom techniques and/or materials that reflect new concepts in subject area, and/or new concepts in the presentation (or teaching) of the subject area

3. With Course Learning Materials

* has thorough knowledge of subject
* develops and/or maintains learning materials for particular courses (syllabi, learning packets, supplementary handouts, media, etc.)
* stimulates student interest about the course subject.

4. With College/Community Involvement

* contributes to institutional vitality
* represents the college in the greater community
* involved in campus activities beyond the classroom, such as developing new courses, writing grants, etc.

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