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
The 2023-24 competition has closed. Recipients will be contacted by Feb. 1.
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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, DNP, 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 (see link below)
- 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 (no length restriction)
- Student nominee’s teaching portfolio (Please use the following headings for the sections of the portfolio.)
- Statement of teaching philosophy. (Please convey your core ideas about being an effective teacher. Share your values and beliefs related to teaching and learning. Discuss your goals and the methods or strategies you use to achieve those goals.)
- Evidence of instructional design for improved student learning. (In your experience as an instructor, explain how you have used instructional design to develop learning materials, experiences, and environments that promote better student learning. This could include content production, learning activities, student-instructor interaction, peer-to-peer interaction, and effective assessments, among other things.)
- Teaching in Action. (Provide a link to the video, YouTube preferred. Maximum duration: ten minutes. Use a video clip for a collegiate level course or above to demonstrate how you have implemented key elements of your teaching philosophy and instructional design. A variety of teaching settings may be used for the video including but not limited to lecture, facilitated discussion, lab, etc. as appropriate to the course. The focus should be on
activities that demonstrate exceptional or innovative instruction or student learning, such as student engagement, personalized learning, project-based learning, etc. For asynchronous online courses, a video presentation by the instructor of key engaged learning activities, or learning environments, would be an example of good evidence. Please note that instructors need to adhere to all campus FERPA policies. Permissible file formats: .mov; .mp4 (.mpeg4); .avi; .wmv; .flv; .3GP.)
- Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring. (Describe your experience with mentoring students outside of the classroom, whether that be related to the courses you teach or in other settings. Additionally, discuss any experience you have with mentoring your peers or colleagues in the context of teaching.)
- Evidence of Professional Development. (Explain how you have used professional development opportunities to grow in your teaching excellence. If appropriate, how have you aligned professional development in the feedback you have received on your teaching?)
** The teaching portfolio is limited to SIX (6) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and using a 12-point font.**
**A sampling of your teaching evaluations, completed by your students, are not required; however they could be useful for completing the “Effective Mentoring” section.**
Reviewers from the CATE, the Graduate College, and the Honors College will evaluate files according to these rubrics:
- Letter of support from the nominating department head/chair [no assigned point value]
- Current Curriculum Vitae [no assigned point value]
- Teaching Portfolio
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy [15 points]
- Evidence of instructional design for improved student learning [30 points]
- Video clip of “Teaching in Action” (10-minute maximum/electronic link provided [30 points]
- Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring [10 points]
- Evidence of Professional Development [15 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:
2023_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 double-spaced pages using one-inch margins and a 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. The focus should be on activities that demonstrate exceptional or innovative instruction or student learning, such as student engagement, personalized learning, project-based learning, etc. For asynchronous online courses, a video presentation by the instructor of key engaged learning activities, or learning environments, would be an example of good evidence.
Q3: Is there a maximum length/duration to the video clip? Yes. Ten minutes.
Q4: Are there obligatory files formats? Yes: .mov; .mp4 (.mpeg4); .avi; .wmv; .flv; .3GP.
Q5: Must I useYouTube? Technically, no; however, the university’s nominees for the regional competition must have their video clip available on YouTube.
Q6: Is there monetary compensation? Yes. Amounts vary by year.
Q7: Who sponsors the competition? I’m glad you asked. The award is now co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Graduate College, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE).
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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.
- The Graduate College uses the secure University of Illinois Box for all submissions. Box accounts are free to all UIC students, staff and faculty.
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DEADLINE: 4 p.m. (Central) on December 1, 2023