In 1987, the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award was inaugurated by the Provost to recognize outstanding teaching done by graduate teaching associates at Ohio University. Unlike other universities with similar awards, the selection process at Ohio University is conducted entirely by undergraduate students who volunteer their time to serve on the selection committee.
The finalists for the award are determined through undergraduate student nominations that are solicited by an email invitation to undergraduates, and then collected through an online ballot. The Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award Selection Committee then completes the second phase of the selection process, in which they hold discussions with each of the eight candidates and if possible and practical, observe classes or labs in which each nominee teaches.
At the end of this process, the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award Committee chooses four graduate teaching associates to receive the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award. Upon selection by the committee, each Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award winner and her or his department chairperson will be notified and invited to the award reception held at the end of Spring Quarter. At the reception, each recipient will be awarded $500 and will be presented with a framed certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Ohio University is proud of its pioneering approach to recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching. Newcomers to the University can look forward to joining a tradition that honors both professors and students for their active participation in the continuing dialogue about the purpose, goals, and structure of education.