Graduate and Professional Education Teaching Award


Provost's Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education

The Provost's Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education recognizes outstanding scholars who excel as teachers within formal and informal educational settings.

The award is given annually at Commencement to one faculty member in each of the seven graduate and professional schools in recognition of the important role of exceptional teaching in graduate and professional education.

  • Goizueta Business School
  • Laney Graduate School
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • Candler School of Theology

Award recipients will receive a framed citation and $4,000 honorarium conferred at the school's graduation recognition ceremony.

  • Any full-time faculty member currently teaching graduate or professional students; visiting faculty members are not eligible.
  • Nominees must be teaching in the academic year in which they are selected for the award.
  • Individuals cannot receive the Provost's Distinguished Teaching Award more than once every five years.

Recipients will hold a record of sustained excellence and innovation in teaching. The award honors faculty who:

  • Foster participation, inquiry, creative expression, and significant contributions within and beyond formal educational settings
  • Engage diverse students in ambitious learning
  • Dedicate themselves to advancing the art and science of teaching and learning (as evidenced, for example, by the development of courses and innovative curricula; leading workshops on pedagogy; utilizing innovative teaching approaches and technologies)
  • Make significant contributions that impact and advance the university through teaching
  • Serve as mentors to students outside of formal classroom settings
  • Form effective mentoring and advising relationships with graduate/professional students

The Office of the Provost sends out the Provost's Distinguished Teaching Award call for nominations annually. The dean in each graduate/professional school will establish a process that includes these key features:

  • A school-based selection committee consisting of four faculty members and three students. There is no other criterion for selection committee membership. Submit the list of committee members to the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.
  • Seek nominations of faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate and professional students. Nominations must come from the school's students, faculty, departments (if applicable), and alumni. The school's call for nomination must include the award criteria outlined above.
  • Submit the selection dossier of the school's award recipient to the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. The selection dossier will include the faculty member's employee ID number, CV and a comprehensive letter of justification from the dean. The dean's letter should describe the faculty member's record of achievement, their impact, supporting reasons for the selection, as well as the recipient's current involvement with teaching.

The Office of the Provost will create and frame the award citation, as well as process the payment. Schools will be notified by email when the citation is ready to be picked up.

List of Recipients

2019 Recipients
NameSchoolExpertise
Ellen Ott MarshallGraduate SchoolChristian Ethics and Conflict Transformation
Ramnath ChellappaSchool of BusinessInformation Systems and Operations Management
Kamina PinderSchool of LawLaw
Lisa BernsteinSchool of MedicineMedicine
Kelly Wiltse NicelySchool of NursingNursing
Mitchel KleinSchool of Public HealthEnvironmental Health
Nichole PhillipsSchool of TheologySociology, Religion, and Culture