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Award Criteria

The Distinguished Teaching Award was established to recognize faculty who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the University through their teaching. Recipients of the award will have demonstrated their excellence as educators over a sustained period of time.

Criteria include the following:

  • A record of outstanding teaching effectiveness both within and outside the classroom
  • The ability to inspire, promote, and sustain the intellectual development of students
  • A pedagogical approach that is innovative (new approaches using current or new models of teaching), intellectually rigorous, creative, and engaging
  • Demonstrated scholarly/professional contributions and their integration into the classroom that foster critical thinking and challenge students to independent inquiry
  • Advising/mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students or doctoral and clinical supervision-interactions outside of the classroom and the quality of such interactions
  • Contribution to developing or enhancing curricula in the field
  • Length of service
  • Internal school awards/honors received

All-University Selection Committee

A special University committee made up of faculty, students, alumni, and administrators convenes each spring to review the nominees submitted by each school and make final recommendations for the Distinguished Teaching Award. In making its selection, the committee wishes to recognize the diversity of the University and the diverse forms that teaching may take in the different schools of the University.

A list of the members of the All-University Selection Committee may be found below.

Current and incoming committee members may obtain a more detailed description of their duties and the administrative process of the DTA by emailing the Office of Faculty Resources.

2015-2016 All-University Selection Committee


Committee Member


College of Arts and Science

Associate Dean Richard Kalb

Graduate School of Arts and Science

Professor Mosette Broderick
Graduate School of Arts and Science

Liberal Studies Program Professor Peter Diamond
Liberal Studies Program

School of Law

Associate Dean Lisa Waldman


School of Medicine

Associate Dean Melvin Rosenfeld


College of Dentistry

Professor Leila Jahangiri


College of Nursing

Professor Barbara Krainovich-Miller


The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Professor Ted Magder


Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Academic Vice Dean Rohit Deo


School of Professional Studies

Asssociate Academic Director of the american Language Institute Robyn Vaccara  

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Professor Jan Blustein


School of Social Work

Professor Jeane Anastas

Tandon School of Engineering
Professor Kristen Day  

Tisch School of the Arts

Associate Dean Louis Scheeder


Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Associate Professor Julie Malnig


NYU Alumni Association

Heather Cannady


Faculty Senate

Associate Professor Thomas Drysdale



Only full-time faculty members with at least ten years of service at NYU who currently hold one of the following titles are eligible:

  • Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Assistant Professor
  • Master Teacher, Teacher
  • Arts Professor, Arts Associate Professor, Arts Assistant Professor

Please note that while current adjuncts are not eligible for consideration, current full-time faculty may count past adjunct service towards the ten year eligibility requirement.

Past winners of the award may not be renominated. Please review past award recipients before you make a nomination ยป

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