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Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching


The purpose of this award shall be to honor and recognize outstanding non-tenure track faculty in the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All non-tenure track faculty in the Smeal College of Business who have demonstrated excellence in the area of undergraduate teaching.
  • Expectation that the nominee will continue to serve as Smeal faculty during the following academic year.
  • Must not have won the award in the previous four years.


  • Success as a teacher both in competence of subject matter and in ability to inspire students to high achievements.
  • Improving the tools of and/or conditions for teaching. Evidence may include textbooks or development of new courses, new curricula, advanced teaching methods or innovative materials and approaches.

Nomination and Selection

  • Each department head may nominate up to three faculty members.
  • Statements of support for each nominee will be solicited from current undergraduate students.
  • Supporting information from the nominee's department that may be submitted include (but are not limited to) information on student evaluations, identification of other teaching awards, and/or a compilation of courses taught and enrollments.
  • All materials will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, a previous recipient, and two undergraduate students.

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