Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award (GSETMA)
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence, the Honors College, and the Graduate College
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Formerly called the Outstanding Undergraduate Mentoring Award, the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching & Mentoring Award (GSETMA) celebrates the excellence of our graduate students in their teaching and mentoring of undergraduates. The award adheres to the guidelines of regional and national competitions in the same realm.
To be eligible, students must be in a graduate program under the auspices of the Graduate College. Ineligible programs include (but are not limited to: DMD, DPT, DrPH, LLM, JD, MBA, MD, MEng, and MPH (unless in a joint-degree in an eligible program).
An application for the award consists of four parts
The nominator is responsible for the submission of the following materials to the Graduate College:
- Nomination form
- A letter of support from the nominating department head/chair (noting any departmental honors awarded to the master’s / doctoral student for excellence in teaching)
- Student nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
- Student nominee’s teaching portfolio (Please use the following headings for the sections of the portfolio.)
- Statement of teaching philosophy
- Evidence of instructional design, innovation, delivery, course management, and student learning; provide a link to the video (e.g., YouTube, Box). Maximum duration: ten minutes.
- Student evaluation of teaching (indicate course(s) taught at UIC as a graduate teaching assistant, the number of student, instructional responsibility, and a summary of student evaluations)
- Evidence of scholarship in teaching/learning (publications/presentations or grant proposals submitted/funded which focused on teaching /learning; evidence of how pedagogical research informs your teaching)
- Evidence of effective student/colleague mentoring (this might include excerpts of letters from mentees).
** The teaching portfolio is limited to SIX (6) pages double-spaced with 12-point font.**
Reviewers from the Graduate College and the Honors College will evaluate files according to these rubrics:
- Letter of support from the nominating department head/chair [5 points]
- Current Curriculum Vitae [no assigned point value]
- Teaching Portfolio
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy [10 points]
- Video clip of “Teaching in Action” (10-minute maximum/electronic link provided [25 points]
- Student Evaluation of Teaching [20 points]
- Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring [10 points]
The nominator may be a faculty member, a colleague, an undergraduate student, or a staff member; however, the nominator is responsible for collating the materials, saving them as single PDF, and submitting the nomination using this naming convention:
2021_GSETMA-M/D-Dept_LastFI.pdf using the examples of the nominations for Gwen Brooks, a master’s student in English, and Tony Fauci, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences :
Do not leave spaces in the pdf name.
frequently asked questions
FAQs on Nominating Students and Preparing Applications for the Teaching Excellence Award
Q1: Is there a page limit? Yes. The teaching portfolio cannot exceed SIX pages double-spaced in 12-point font. Do not count the nomination form, departmental letter of support, or CV in the page limit.
Q2: What should the “Teaching in Action” video clip include? Please note that a variety of teaching settings may be used for the video including but not limited to virtual modalities, lecture, facilitated discussion, lab, etc. as appropriate to the course; focus is on the quality of teaching and learning, e.g. student engagement, enthusiasm, active student-centered pedagogy, and personalized learning, rather than expertise in creating the video. Due to COVID we are adding the modality of virtual teaching. The video should represent the same quality of learning, student engagement, active student-centered pedagogy and personalized learning and it will be up to the nominee to demonstrate those clearly in the video.
Q3: Is there a maximum length/duration to the video clip? Yes. Ten minutes.
Q4: Is there monetary compensation? Yes. We are working out the details.
Q5: Who sponsors the competition? I’m glad you asked. With the December 2021 competition, the Honors College and the Graduate College are proud to include the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) as co-sponsor.
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When you are ready to upload the PDF file to the Graduate College, click on the Box link provided below and file in the correct division by 4 p.m. (Central) on December 1, 2021.
- The Graduate College uses the secure University of Illinois Box for all submissions. Box accounts are free to all UIC students, staff and faculty.
- Email your file(s) to the appropriate division: master’s or doctoral.
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DEADLINE: 4 p.m. (Central) on December 1, 2021