Nominations Sought for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 2021 Excellence in Teaching Awards


The Graduate School invites each college at Purdue to nominate one master’s student and one doctoral student for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 2021 Excellence in Teaching Awards Competition. While the deadline for the Graduate School to submit two Purdue nominees to MAGS is not until January 29, 2021, the competition is being announced now to allow everyone ample time to put together nominations.

College of Liberal Arts nominations for MAGS EIT Awards, to be submitted by departmental Graduate Directors/Secretaries after they have narrowed the field, are due by the end of the business day (5 PM EST) on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Any graduate student who has held a graduate student teaching appointment during the 2020 calendar year is eligible. The applications should be submitted through InfoReady at the following URL:

Each application should include, as instructed in InfoReady, the following materials:

  • Signed Nomination Form (PDF file will be included in InfoReady)
  • Letter of Nomination from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
    • (To be sent by the Dean after nomination
    • Not to be sent by student or Grad Director/Secretary w/materials
  • Letter of support from the nominating department head/chair
    • Please note any departmental honors awarded to this masters/doctoral student for excellence in teaching
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Nominee’s Teaching Portfolio (max. 6 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
    • Include these headings: Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Evidence of Instructional Design, Innovation, Delivery, Course Management, and Student Learning
  • Video Clip of “Teaching in Action” Video (max. 10 minutes)
    • Please see instructions/criteria for submission
    • Please indicate method used for submitting video (YouTube/other web-based video or as Email attachment), providing the link to the video if web-based
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching
    • Indicate courses taught as graduate teaching assistant at Purdue
    • Number of students,
    • Instructional responsibility, and
    • Summary of student evaluations (NOT the forms!)
  • Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring
  • Evidence of Teaching/Learning Scholarship
    • Publications/presentations or grant proposals submitted/funded which focused on teaching/learning;
    • Evidence of how pedagogical research informs teaching

Nominations must be submitted as a single PDF document. Excluding the Nomination Form, letters of nomination and support, and CV, the nominee’s teaching portfolio is limited to six (6) pages (double-spaced in 12-point font).

Applications which to not adhere to the submission requirements, including deadlines, page limits, formatting, and video length, will not be considered.

For details about the competition, or questions, please contact Mike Hicks, CLA Grants Coordinator, at

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