Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

Each year, UMGC recognizes the highest teaching accomplishments by bestowing the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award to outstanding faculty members in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The UMGC Teaching Recognition Award is also given to exceptional faculty with notable teaching achievements.

Students: Submit a Nomination!
Nomination deadline: 31 August for each year

Objectives

The objectives of the Teaching Excellence Awards program of University of Maryland Global Campus Asia (UMGC Asia) are:

  • To provide adult students a way to recognize and reward faculty excellence.
  • To recognize faculty members teaching undergraduate and graduate courses with UMGC Asia who consistently show exceptional skill in promoting student learning and providing a quality education to adult learners.
  • To emphasize UMGC Asia's commitment to high quality adult education.

Description

To encourage teaching quality, UMGC Asia conducts an awards program to recognize faculty excellence. Each year the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards will be given to two faculty members.

Nominations for teaching excellence awards are solicited each year from students enrolled in the current year undergraduate and graduate courses offered through UMGC Asia. Nominations are for courses taken by students during the current year and for faculty teaching during the current year. Nomination letters are sent to the Office of Faculty and Staff Development or submitted by students via their online student portal. Only letters or electronic postings from eligible individual students, not signed petitions, are considered valid nominations.

The cut-off date for nominations each year is 31 August. Nominations received after this date will be added to the pool of nominees for the following year. Faculty who are nominated are asked to submit two current course syllabi, a teaching data sheet giving information about their work with UMGC, a teaching philosophy statement, and a teaching portfolio.

In determining the Teaching Excellence Awards, the selection committee looks for evidence of effective, innovative teaching and evidence of commitment to UMGC (as manifested by work in ongoing discipline-based or institutional initiatives or programs).

The decision is made in March to determine award recipients. The committee reviews not only the teaching portfolios submitted by nominees, but also considers grade distributions, student course evaluations, reports of class visits, evidence of participation in institutional and community activities related to teaching and professional development, and the initial information submitted to the selection committee. The committee recommends two faculty members to receive the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award. The final choices are also carefully reviewed by the Director of UMGC Asia.

For more information about the faculty awards program for UMGC Asia, please contact the Office of the Vice Dean at Dean-Asia@umuc.edu.