One of the primary missions of Yale-NUS College is to be an exemplar of excellent and innovative undergraduate education, led by teachers who offer some of the best teaching anywhere. Recognizing the engagement and hard work of these teachers and sharing some of their experiences will help the entire Yale-NUS community appreciate teaching and improve student learning. The teachers will be recognized for their achievement with a Yale-NUS Distinguished Teacher award, a salary bonus, and an online profile on the CTL website.
The first committee to select award winners will be composed of a student (chosen by Student Government and/or the Dean of Faculty), the Chair of the TLA committee, the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and the Dean of Faculty who will chair the committee. In subsequent years, the committee will include the previous year’s awardees in addition to one student, one TLA representative who does not wish to be considered for the award in that year, one CTL representative, and the Dean of Faculty who will chair the committee. For continuity, the TLA and CTL representatives will be appointed for two overlapping years.
To be eligible for a teaching award, faculty members must have taught at Yale-NUS College for at least four (not necessarily consecutive) semesters. All ranks are eligible, including tenured, tenure-track, educator track, and visiting faculty. In each award cycle, one senior awardee will be selected from amongst a pool of tenured faculty (Associate/Full Professors) plus Senior Lecturers and Associate Professors on the educator track, and one junior awardee will be selected from amongst a pool of tenure-track faculty (Assistant Professors), and part-time and full-time lecturers. Award recipients will be eligible to apply again only after three years have passed since their most recent teaching award at Yale-NUS College.
Awardees will be chosen through a three-step process of nomination, short-listing, and final review.
Nomination. The awards will be announced by the TLA committee and nominations will be solicited. Students, faculty, and administrators may make nominations; faculty may also self-nominate. The nomination process simply requires the nominator to provide the teaching award committee with the name of the person they are nominating. The Committee will inform nominees that they have been nominated and are invited to apply for an award, but they are not required to apply.
Short-listing. The application process is meant to be lightweight for the applicants. All nominees who agree to be considered will provide the Committee with a list of at least two names of former students and two names of faculty members who can be solicited to write letters of support. A nominee’s students who provide letters should ideally be alumni, but they may be currently enrolled students as long as they are not in a position to be evaluated/graded by the nominee. The Committee will contact the first student and faculty member on the list to request letters; if the first-listed individuals are unable to provide letters then subsequent individuals will be contacted until one student and one faculty letter are obtained. Letter writers will be asked to describe ways in which the applicant creates effective learning environments and directly impacts the development and learning of students. Upon completion of the award process, these letters will be destroyed. The Committee will review the applications and compile a shortlist of applicants for final review. The number of applications chosen for final review will be determined by the Committee.
Final Review. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a teaching dossier for further consideration by the Committee. The teaching dossier should include evidence bearing on teaching quality such as what is submitted for an annual review, a third-year review, or promotion/tenure, i.e., evidence that demonstrates excellence in student learning in the Common Curriculum, excellence in supervising capstone projects, excellence in contributions to a given major, and excellence in experiential learning leadership. The Committee will evaluate the teaching dossiers to determine the two award recipients. The committee will seek one junior and one senior award winners who demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas:
The Teaching Award Committee will determine the precise deadlines for nomination, submission of letters for nominees, and submission of teaching dossiers for short-listed applicants. The Yale-NUS award process will occur in Semester 1 of each academic year: applications will take place in October, evaluation will be completed by December, and the award will take place in January.
A teacher who is designated as a Yale-NUS Distinguished Teacher will be recognized by the College publicly and will receive an additional salary bonus at the end of the year. The awardees will be announced at a full faculty meeting. A brief description of their teaching will be shared at the meeting and included in College publicity. CTL may arrange to photograph or film parts of a class, and share the profile of the awardees and the videos on the CTL website.
Approved by the Full Faculty on 25 April 2018 and by the Academic Committee on 30 April 2018