University Distinguished Teaching Awards
Established in 1987, the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) highlights New York University's commitment to teaching excellence and is given annually to selected outstanding members of the faculty. Recipients are presented with a research stipend.
Students, faculty, and alumni wishing to submit a nomination are encouraged to contact their School Representative. Students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni are invited to submit nominations to their school's DTA representative no later than Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Final nominations from school representatives to the NYU All-University Selection Committee are due on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
- Only full-time faculty members with at least ten years of service at NYU. 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.
- Current adjuncts are not eligible for consideration, however 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 this list of previous winners before nomination.
- Faculty members must hold one of the following job titles
- Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor
- Clinical Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor
- Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Assistant Professor
- Industry Assistant Professor, Industry Associate Professor, Industry Full Professor, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer
- Master Teacher, Teacher
- Arts Professor, Arts Associate Professor, Arts Assistant Professor
Criteria for Selection
Nominees to the Distinguished Teaching Award must demonstrate extraordinary commitment to, and innovation and effectiveness in, teaching and learning at the University as measured by the following criteria:
- Has developed an informed, student-centric pedagogical approach as indicated by supporting statements (eg. student evaluations, letters from current and previous students, examples of syllabi, teaching philosophy)
- Engages students in critical thinking and independent inquiry through innovative assessment and other student-directed practices (for example, these can include: stimulating in-class activities, engaging approaches to lecture, creative homework assignments, innovative or exceptionally thoughtful exams, and/or final or semester-long collaborative and other projects).
- Has a record of mentoring students in their studies (in the classroom and outside classroom experiences such as clinical or field supervision), in their navigation of campus culture, and in their preparation for professional-life.
- Has developed new curricula, new courses, new laboratory experiments, or new media for learning, thereby contributing to enhanced teaching within their field and/or across domains.
- Has received prior institutional and or internal school-based recognition for teaching and curriculum development
School Committee Selection and Nomination Process
Students, faculty, and alumni wishing to submit a nomination are encouraged to contact their School Representative, which can be found in the list below.
After the school receives all of the nominations, they engage in their own selection process. Generally, each school forms a committee that comprises faculty, students, school alumni, and a representative of the dean's office. The committee then reviews the nominees to confirm that they not only meet the DTA criteria but reflect the tenets of teaching excellence for that particular school. One nominee can be advanced to the All-University Selection Committee by the deadline. Please review the CFA’s recommendations for selecting and advancing competitive nominees.
- College of Arts and Science: Richard Kalb, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Dentistry: Leila Jahangiri, email@example.com
- School of Global Public Health: Diana R. Silver, firstname.lastname@example.org
- C-FSC: Heidi White
- Gallatin School of Individualized Study: Stephen Duncombe, Submit Nominations
- Graduate School of Arts and Science: TBD, Submit Nominations
- Grossman School of Medicine: Joan F. Cangiarella, email@example.com
- Leonard N. Stern School of Business: Aswath Damodaran, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liberal Studies: Phillip Washburn, email@example.com
- NYU Abu Dhabi: Jon Sprouse, Submit Nominations
- Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service: John J. Gershman, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Rory Meyers College of Nursing: Judith Haber, firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Law: Lisa B. Waldman, email@example.com
- School of Professional Studies: Kristine Kerr, Submit Nominations
- Silver School of Social Work: Deborah K. Padgett, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development: TBD, Submit Nominations
- Tandon School of Engineering: TBD
- T-FSC: TBD
- Tisch School of the Arts: Submit Nominations
2021-2022 Distinguished Teaching Award Winners
Distinguished Teaching Award Video Series
Interviews with annual award winners who share successful classroom strategies along with the challenges they face.