Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award

Nominations are open now!

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award is meant to recognize graduate students who have distinguished themselves by the nurturing academic environment they provide and the skill they have shown in teaching.

The essential purpose of the citation is to bring college-wide recognition to the best student instructors and to recognize the contribution they make to undergraduate programs within CANR.

Eligibility

Ideal candidates for the Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award will have/provide: 

 

  • Evidence of dedication to instruction through experimentation and successful implementation of innovative techniques and/or contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning. 
  • Evidence of excellence in instruction as demonstrated by the impact on students’ careers. 
  • Evidence of excellence in instruction as demonstrated by the impact on colleagues’ teaching and advising practice. 

To be nominated for a CANR Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching citation, the graduate student must have taught at least one semester while a graduate student at MSU. The nominee must have assumed a significant measure of responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses, whether in lecture, recitation or laboratory sections. Special tutorial or seminar teaching will also be recognized by the citation committee.

To verify that a nominee meets the award criteria, the committee looks for:

  1. Demonstrable evidence of dedication to instruction through experimentation and successful implementation of innovative techniques and/or contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and
  2. Evidence of excellence in instruction as demonstrated by the impact on students' careers and colleagues' teaching/advising practices.

Award recipients will be honored each spring with a citation and a $1,000 award. This award may be received only once.

Nomination Process

The nomination window for the Spring 2022 Awards is now closed.

Application Package Completion Process

Following nomination, the CANR Awards Team will verify the nominees’ eligibility for consideration. If they meet eligibility criteria, we will notify the nominee and invite them to complete an application package electronically. The nominee will receive a personal link (that can only be used by the nominee) to complete an application package electronically.

 

As part of the electronic application process, nominees will provide the names and email addresses of contacts they wish to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf. The CANR Awards Team will request the letters and receive them directly following completion.

 

Required application materials include:

 Completed documents will be submitted electronically by nominees.

 

Deadline to Apply & Contact Information

Nomination window: Currently closed.

 

Please contact the CANR Awards Team at ANR.TeachingAwards@msu.edu with questions.


Past Recipients

  • William Poulos (ANS, 2022)
  • Alyssa Lee Harben (PKG, 2021)
  • Tracy Melvin (FW, 2020)
  • Carly O'Malley (ANS, 2019)
  • Corrine Higley (FW, 2017)
  • Julie Plasencia (FSHN, 2016)
  • Amanda Lorenz (ENT, 2015)
  • Michael Everett (CARRS, 2011)
  • Robert Montgomery (FW, 2010)