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Presidential Teacher Award

The Presidential Teacher Award is presented annually to a faculty member based on excellence in teaching and meritorious academic pursuits both inside and outside the classroom, as acknowledged by peers and students. Presidential Teachers implement highly effective teaching practices and innovations, influence the curriculum, mentor students and colleagues, and engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Each award recipient will hold the title of Presidential Teacher for three years.


All Ohio University faculty, alumni, and students may make nominations.

Nominated faculty must be full-time tenured faculty from one of Ohio University's campuses.

Tenured faculty may be identified by the title Associate Professor or Professor.

Those making nominations who are unsure about whether or not the teacher they wish to nominate is a tenured faculty member should check the prospective nominee’s regional campus, department, or school website.

Announcements inviting nominations will be sent out campus-wide during fall semester of each year. While multiple nominations for the same person are gladly accepted, they do not increase that person's chances of being selected as a Presidential Teacher.

Deadline for teaching award nominations is October 15. 

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Application and Selection 

Nominated faculty who meet the eligibility requirements stated in the endowment (Group I, tenured, full-time members of the faculty from any of Ohio University's campuses) will receive an email notifying them of their nomination and inviting them to apply.

Nominees who wish to be considered should review OHIO’s conceptualization of teaching excellence and must submit a teaching portfolio that includes the following:

Required Materials:

  • Cover Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • List of courses taught and numbers of students enrolled for the last two years
  • List of numerical averages from student evaluations for the last two years, with department averages if available
  • Sample/representative comments from student evaluations for the last two years
  • Teaching schedule for both fall and spring semesters

Suggested Materials:

  • A narrative describing and evidence supporting how the applicant’s teaching reflects the conceptualization of excellence, with a focus on expertise and innovation.
  • A statement outlining curriculum developed/designed by the applicant and/or the way the applicant has influenced curricular design and deployment.
  • A description of the specific ways the applicant mentors and advises undergraduate students related to the curriculum and their future careers.
  • A description of thesis and dissertation advising.
  • A statement of activities related to mentoring faculty and colleagues.
  • An outline of additional promotion of teaching excellence through, but not limited to, the following:
    • Workshop
    • Colloquia
    • Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
    • Publications
    • Conferences
    • Teaching-related grants

The complete portfolio must be no more than 20 typed pages using 1.5 line spacing, a 12-point font, one-inch margins, and headers with the applicant’s name and page numbers. Appendices will not be accepted.

The portfolio should be submitted electronically, in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at by the end of the day on Nov. 13.

Selection Committee

The Presidential Teacher Award Selection Committee evaluates applicants. The committee, selected by the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and approved by the president, is composed of six full-time, tenure-track faculty (three of whom are Presidential Teachers), one undergraduate student and one graduate student.

Students and faculty from the College of Osteopathic Medicine may serve.

Faculty members on the committee serve three-year rotating terms. Students serve one-year terms.

The committee can select up to two faculty for awards annually. However, the committee may choose not to give any awards if no applicants meet the award standards.

Questions regarding applications and the selection process may be directed to Katie Hartman, Vice Provost for Faculty Development.

Past recipients of the Presidential Teacher Award