Our program, General Education: The Human Community, is proud of the accomplishments and commitments of faculty who support the core curriculum of the university. Each year, in recognition of superlative achievement in the area of General Education teaching, the Program gives a Distinguished Teacher Award to one faculty member. 

Award Eligibility:

To be eligible for this award faculty will have taught at least one course in the General Education Program in the 2020-2021 academic year, be currently employed at JMU teaching undergraduate students during the 2021-2022 academic year, and have taught in the General Education Program 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.

Award Criteria:

Nomination Process:

Part 1. Nomination Letter

Nominations will be accepted from students, colleagues, department heads, and cluster coordinators. Nominations should be sent to Dr. Kethera Fogler Moore, Cluster 5 Interim Coordinator, foglerka@jmu.edu, with subject line GE Distinguished Teacher.   Eligibility and nomination details follow.. The nomination should take the form of an email or attachment (maximum 1000 words) that addresses the candidate’s abilities as a teacher in the General Education Program, particularly in light of the award criteria. Nominations must be received by October 15th, 2021. 

Part 2. Nominee Support Package

Upon receipt of a letter of nomination, the program staff will invite each nominee to submit supporting materials by November 5, 2021. If submitted, this Nominee Support Package must include the following:

  1. Cover letter (1 page)
  2. Full curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of support from the nominee’s department head or director (1-2 pages)
  4. Teaching statement (4-6 pages) that explains how specific teaching practices address the award criteria and directly refers to evidence supplied in the appendices
  5. Appendices:
    1. A complete set of recent student evaluations for the general education course(s) that is/are the focus of the nomination.
    2. Other documents (e.g., syllabi, example curriculum materials, assessment materials, examples of student work) that will be used as evidence to support your teaching statement.

These supporting materials should be combined as a PDF Portfolio file and submitted by email to foglerka@jmu.edu. The deadline for the complete Nominee Support Package is November 5, 2021. 

Award Selection Process:

The Award Selection Committee will evaluate all materials, observe finalists in the classroom, and select the award recipient. It is chaired by Michael Trocchia, the 2020 General Education Distinguished Teacher award winner, and composed of teaching faculty from across all five clusters. 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.

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