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.

School Committee Member  
College of Arts and Science Associate Dean Richard Kalb  
Graduate School of Arts and Science Professor Mosette Broderick
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


Associate Professor Julie Malnig  
NYU Alumni Association Heather Cannady  
Faculty Senate

Associate Professor Thomas