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General Education Distinguished Teacher Award


The General Education Program is proud of the accomplishments and commitments of the faculty who support the core curriculum of the university. Each year, in recognition of superlative achievement in the area of teaching, the Program gives a Distinguished Teacher Award to a General Education faculty member. The recipient of this award will receive a $1,500 honorarium.  In permanent recognition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque displayed in the University Studies office.  The recipient will be invited to give the keynote address at the General Education Student Conference the following academic year.

                                                                                                               Past Winners

Award criteria:

  • Impact on student learning related to cluster student learning outcomes
  • Ability to help students make interdisciplinary connections


Eligible faculty will have taught at least one course in the General Education Program in the 2011-2012 academic year, be currently employed at JMU teaching undergraduate students during the 2012-2013 academic year, and have been employed at JMU for at least five years.  Full-time and adjunct faculty are eligible, and adjunct faculty must have taught at least one JMU course per year for the past five years.


Nominations for the General Education Distinguished Teacher Award will be accepted from students, colleagues, department heads, and cluster coordinators. 

  • Nominations must be received by September 18, 2012
  • Nominations should be sent to Dr. Linda Cabe Halpern, Dean of University Studies at halperlc@jmu.edu in the form of a letter (maximum 1000 words) addressing the candidate’s abilities as a teacher in the General Education Program, particularly in light of the award criteria.


Upon receipt of a letter of nomination, the dean’s office will invite each nominee to submit a PDF file with the following: cover letter; vita; letter of support from his or her department head or director; teaching statement that explains how specific teaching practices support cluster learning outcomes, facilitate student learning, and promote interdisciplinary connections; and relevant supporting materials from recent semesters ( including but not limited to at least one entire set of student evaluations for the general education course that is the focus of the nomination,  syllabi, letters, etc.). The PDF file can be emailed to gened@jmu.edu.  The deadline for the materials is October 15, 2012.  The Award Selection Committee will evaluate all materials, observe finalists in the classroom, and select the award recipient.