The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence represents the highest level of achievement in teaching given at the University of Iowa.

Nominees for the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence are selected by the colleges. DEOs or other faculty members wishing to initiate a nomination should contact their collegiate dean’s office for information on collegiate deadlines and the collegiate selection process.

Each college is eligible to submit up to three nominations to the Council on Teaching on behalf of clinical-track or tenure-track faculty and up to two nominations for those in instructional-track or adjunct faculty positions. 

We seek nominations of outstanding faculty with sustained records of teaching excellence. You must be able to demonstrate your nominee's commitment to students and compelling evidence of their contributions to student learning and success both in and outside of the classroom. Three clinical-track or tenure-track faculty members and one instructional-track faculty or adjunct faculty position will receive the awards.  Each award carries a $3,000 honorarium.

We encourage colleges to use an inclusive nomination process involving a diverse and broadly representative group of students, faculty members, and administrators to identify outstanding faculty members with sustained records of teaching excellence and commitment to student learning. As the Council wishes to encourage greater participation by students in the nomination process, the letter from the collegiate dean explaining the college's nomination process must provide clear evidence of meaningful participation by students in the nomination and selection process. The committee expects colleges to give full consideration to women and minority candidates in the nomination process.

This award is not restricted to a Collegiate Teaching Award recipient or nominee, but having been previously recognized for teaching excellence (e.g., collegiate awards, professional association awards) is strongly considered. The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence can only be received once.

Nomination documents should be combined in one PDF file and submitted electronically by the collegiate dean’s office to council-on-teaching@uiowa.edu by Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Note: All nominations must be submitted by a collegiate dean’s office. Nominations for the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence submitted directly to the Council on Teaching by a DEO, department, or individual faculty member will not be accepted.

Nominees for the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence are selected by the colleges. DEOs or faculty members wishing to initiate a nomination should contact their collegiate dean’s office for information on collegiate deadlines and the collegiate selection process. The following guidelines should be used for preparing nominations to ensure the Council on Teaching has sufficient information and to employ uniform, university-wide standards in choosing recipients. Each nomination will include:

  • A completed President and Provost cover sheet President and Provost Award Cover Sheet.
  • A brief statement (not to exceed two pages) of the nominee's teaching philosophy and practices.
  • An abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages) that should include:
    • A brief professional history (degrees held with dates, faculty positions held with dates).
    • A narrative summary or tabular form addressing courses taught and number of classroom/student contact hours encompassing no more than the past five years.
    • A list summarizing other teaching-related activities at the graduate and undergraduate levels including mentoring, advising, and curriculum development or enhancement.
    • A list of teaching awards (or nominations) received at the University of Iowa.
    • Do not include scholarly publications, research grants, administration, or service unless these demonstrably relate to the nominee's teaching.
  • Five current letters of support from current and former students, with at least one letter being from a former student describing how the nominee demonstrated his/her commitment to lifelong learning through his/her teaching.
  • Two current letters of support from faculty colleagues describing the nominee's record of contributions to teaching excellence. One of the letters should come from the nominee's DEO.
  • compilation of student comments (not to exceed 1 page) from course evaluations, the Center for Teaching Thank-a-Teacher program, or similar.
  • A letter from the collegiate dean explaining the college's nomination process and why the college chose to nominate this candidate. The letter must provide clear evidence of meaningful participation by students in the nomination and selection process.

The Council regards the following qualities as evidence of a nominee's "high level of teaching excellence," as cited in the award announcement. It is not anticipated that nominees will have demonstrated all of these qualities, or engaged in all such activities.

  • Demonstrated a sustained record of teaching excellence at the University of Iowa (usually 10 years or more) and commitment to student learning.
  • Previously recognized for excellence in teaching at the University of Iowa.
  • Committed to spending time with students, both inside and outside of class. Shows genuine interest in the welfare of his/her students. Demonstrates a passion for teaching and student learning.
  • Involved in a variety of teaching and student-learning activities, including but not limited to:
    • Developing and teaching required and elective courses.
    • Teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate and graduate/professional students.
    • Mentoring student groups (e.g., faculty advisor).
    • Teaching outreach classes in Iowa primary or secondary schools.
    • Mentoring or leading workshops for primary or secondary school teachers (i.e., improving instruction in the state of Iowa in general, not solely at the university).
    • Innovation in the classroom (e.g., technology, service learning, etc.)
    • Publishing a widely-used textbook.
  • Contributed to career success of former students.
  • Played a significant role in curriculum development or enhancement.
  • Created or used teaching materials suitable for a variety of student learning styles.

Documents should be combined into one PDF file and submitted electronically by the collegiate dean’s office to council-on-teaching@uiowa.edu.

Nancy Abram's intro to marketing strategy class

Past recipients of the President & Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, with their teaching departments:

2020-21

  • Mary Noonan – Sociology and Criminology
  • Elizabeth Oakes – Music
  • Lisa Segre – Nursing
  • Madeline Shea – Biochemistry

    2011-12

    • Bradley, Jr. A. Allen - Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Christensen-Szalanski, Jay - Management and Organizations
    • Sheerin, Caroline - Law
    • Tate, Jodi - Psychiatry

    2019-20

    • Abram, Nancy -  Marketing
    • Elias, Stella Burch - Law
    • Kleinschmit, Julia - Social Work
    • Raghavan, Suresh - Biomedical Engineering

      2010-11

      • Heidger, Paul - Anatomy and Cell Biology
      • Kostina, Irina - Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures
      • Peters, John Durham - Communication Studies
      • Pettys, Todd - Law

      2018-19

      • Anderson, Dawn Baker - Law
      • Rodgers, Vincent - Physics and Astronomy
      • Sharp, William J. - Surgery
      • Stewart, Greg - Management and Organizations

        2009-10

        • Hauserman, Nancy - Management and Organizations
        • Houge, Todd - Finance
        • Parkin, Gene F. - Civil and Environmental Engineering
        • Pienta, Norbert J. - Chemistry

        2017-18

        • Gruca, Thomas - Marketing
        • Knight, Megan - Rhetoric
        • Suneja, Manish - Internal Medicine
        • Vecera, Shaun - Psychological and Brain Sciences

          2008-09

          • Bergus, George - Family Medicine
          • Bezanson, Randall - Law
          • Brown, Kenneth - Management and Organizations
          • Kamerick, Kathleen - History

          2016-17

          • Durham, Meenakshi Gigi - Journalism & Mass Communication
          • Jessop, Julie - Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
          • Larsen, Russell - Chemistry
          • Oetting, Thomas - Ophthalmology

            2007-08

            • Buss, William - Law
            • Emery, Mary Lou - English
            • Gordon, Joel - Internal Medicine
            • Just, Craig - Civil and Environmental Engineering

            2015-16

            • Kruger, Anton - Electrical & Computer Engineering
            • Matheson, Dan - Health & Human Physiology
            • Weeks, Daniel - Biochemistry
            • Williams, Rachel - School of Art & Art History, Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

              2006-07

              • Kletzing, Craig - Physics and Astronomy
              • Lawry, George - Internal Medicine
              • Thompson, Edward - Nursing

              2014-15

              • Coggins-Mosher, Cinda - Rhetoric
              • Cowles, Mary Kathryn ("Kate") - Statistics and Actuarial Science
              • Rosenbaum. Marcy - Family Medicine
              • Sanders, Sara - Social Work

                2005-06

                • Bai, Er-Wei - Electrical and Computer Engineering
                • Heimer, Karen - Sociology
                • Marshall, Leslie - Nursing

                2013-14

                • Aquilino, Mary - Community and Behavioral Health
                • Holstein, Jay - Religious Studies
                • Mote, Gale - Management and Organizations
                • Schmidt, Thomas J. -  Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

                  2004-05

                  • Dove, Edwin - Biomedical Engineering
                  • Folsom, Ed - English
                  • Stensvaag, John-Mark - Law

                  2012-13

                  • Alexander, Meredith - Theatre Arts
                  • Hendrix, Stephen - Biology
                  • Lang, Cornelia - Physics/Astronomy
                  • Rubenstein, Peter - Medicine

                  2003-04

                  • Densen, Peter - Internal Medicine
                  • Finkelstein, Michael - Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine
                  • Mangum, Teresa - English