The Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty who have participated in a rich variety of university teaching (e.g., undergraduate, graduate or professional, classroom, one-on-one) and who have contributed to curriculum and/or program development. 

Each DEO is eligible to submit one nomination to the Council on Teaching on behalf of a faculty member in the DEO’s department.  

We encourage DEOs to consult widely with a diverse and broad representative group of students, faculty, and administrators to identify outstanding faculty to nominate for this award.

Five faculty members (tenure-track, clinical-track, or instructional-track) will receive the award. Each award carries a $1,000 honorarium.

The nominee must have a minimum of six years of teaching experience at the University of Iowa and must hold the rank of associate professor, professor, clinical associate professor, clinical professor, associate professor of instruction/practice, or professor of instruction/practice.

The Council expects DEOs to give full consideration to women and minority candidates in the selection process. The Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching can only be received once.

Nomination documents should be combined in one PDF file and submitted electronically to council-on-teaching@uiowa.edu by Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Use the following guidelines for submitting nominations to ensure the Council on Teaching has sufficient information and to employ uniform standards in choosing recipients. Each nomination will include:

  • A completed Hubbard-Walder Award cover sheet.
  • A letter of nomination and support from the nominee’s DEO (not to exceed two pages).
  • An abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages) that includes:
    • A brief professional history (degrees earned and faculty positions held with dates).
    • A list or chart of courses taught, including number of classroom/student contact hours and numbers of undergraduate and graduate advisees for the past five years.
    • A list of contributions to curriculum and/or program development encompassing no more than the past ten years.
    • A list of teaching awards (or nominations) received during the nominee’s employment at the University of Iowa.
    • Do not include scholarly publications, research grants, administration, or service unless these demonstrably relate to the nominee's teaching.
  • One letter of support from an internal or external faculty member other than the DEO (not to exceed two pages).
  • Two letters of support from current or former University of Iowa students (not to exceed two pages per letter). 
  • A statement on teaching from the nominee (not to exceed one page).

Successful DEO nomination and supporting letters will describe how the nominee has participated in a rich variety of university teaching (e.g., undergraduate, graduate or professional, classroom, one-on-one, etc.) as well as how the nominee has contributed to curriculum and/or program development. 

Examples of evidence of a nominee's rich variety of university teaching and contributions to curriculum and/or program development may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Teaching a variety of courses and students at the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels. 
  • Supervising student research and independent study at the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels.
  • Teaching in a variety of course formats, e.g., traditional lecture or seminar courses, lab or workshop-based courses, team-teaching, interdisciplinary teaching, or online teaching.
  • Developing new courses, certificates, minors, majors, and/or programs.
  • Significant revision of existing courses and programs to incorporate innovative pedagogical practices or materials.
  • Developing or contributing to courses and programs that incorporate high impact educational practices, e.g., first-year seminars, service or community-based learning, study abroad, internships, or capstone courses. 

All documents should be combined into one PDF file and submitted electronically to council-on-teaching@uiowa.edu.

2022

Erin Johnson, associate professor of instruction in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

Danielle Kelsay, clinical associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Freda Lynn, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and director of graduate studies

David Puderbaugh, professor in the School of Music, assistant director of choral activities and director of graduate studies

Jeffrey Reist, clinical associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

2021

Gail Bishop, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Holden Chair of Cancer Biology

Ray Fagenbaum, associate professor of instruction in the Department of Health and Human Physiology

Cinda Coggins-Mosher, associate professor of instruction in the Department of Rhetoric

Amy Strathman, associate professor of instruction in the Department of Chemistry.

Amy Strathman's chemistry class, first day of classes