John Long Innovative Teaching Award

Submit proposals by the deadline of October 31, 2017.

Purpose | Award DetailsEligilbility | ApplicationsReporting

Purpose: Curiosity. Capaciousness. Imagination. The English Department strives to foster an intellectual community for our undergraduates grounded in these qualities. We want to help our students make meaningful connections with one another and their instructors, so that they feel comfortable asking questions and trying out new ideas and approaches together. We also want students to see the networks linking what they study in class with what they see, or would want to see, in their lives and in contemporary culture. We strive to offer vocabularies, tools, and encounters that students can use to describe and intervene in the world:  to tell their own stories, learn from others’ stories, and see how stories are made and unmade and to what ends.

In support of this mission, and through a generous donation from John Long, the English department has created an award to recognize and support outstanding undergraduate teaching. The John Long Innovative Teaching Award builds on the Beyond the Classroom Grant program run by the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies in that awardees will have first won and made good use of such a grant to support experiential learning activities for their classes. Winners of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award (JLTA) thus represent truly outstanding instructors with a sustained commitment to the department’s intellectual community and to curiosity, capaciousness, and imagination in and beyond the classroom.

Award Details: There are two awards, each of $1500, to be given to two different instructors.

Eligibility: All tenure-line faculty, professional track faculty, and professors of the practice who have already won a Beyond the Classroom grant are eligible.

Applications of no more than 500 words may be submitted via this page and should include:

* An explanation of how the instructor made use of a prior Beyond the Classroom (BtC) grant: What activity/activities did the instructor undertake? How did those activities contribute to the class’s goals? What feedback did the instructor get from students about the activities?

* An explanation of how the instructor will use the JLTA to develop on the successes of the BtC grant or to pursue other teaching goals: How will the award money be used? How will any resulting activities contribute to the goals of current or future courses? Unlike the BtC grant, instructors can use the JLTA money to support the time they spend developing an enrichment activity/project for students rather than simply using the funds for a direct expense.

While instructors should complete the application themselves, other faculty or students are welcome to nominate an instructor. If eligible (see Eligibility above), we will contact the nominated instructor and encourage an application.

Reporting: At the end of the academic year, awardees will submit a short (one-page or less) report detailing their activities, whether events run or headway made on a future enrichment project. Explain developments on the original plans, if any. If awardees ran events, please include photos where possible and offer caption information that lists the people pictured, the course involved, and the location of the activity. Make sure to secure students’ permission for the use of photos in which they are pictured. Note that information from these reports may be used on the department’s web page or on social media.

For more information or to nominate an instructor, contact Christina Walter,

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