University Distinguished Teaching Award
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.
NYU community members (administrators, alumni, current students, faculty, and staff) wishing to submit a nomination are encouraged to contact their school representative, using the listed method of communication, no later than Thursday, December 7, 2023. Final nominations from school representatives to the NYU All-University Selection Committee are due on Friday, February 16, 2024.
- Only full-time faculty members with at least ten years of service at NYU. Current full-time faculty may count past adjunct service towards the ten-year eligibility requirement.
- Current adjuncts* are not eligible for DTA consideration.
- 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, Clinical Professor (Research), Clinical Associate Professor (Research), Clinical Assistant Professor (Research)
- Global Distinguished Professor, Global Professor, Global Instructor
- Professor (Research), Associate Professor (Research), Assistant Professor (Research)
- Industry Assistant Professor, Industry Associate Professor, Industry Full Professor
- Arts Professor, Arts Associate Professor, Arts Assistant Professor
- Lecturer, Senior Lecturer
- Master Teacher, Teacher
*Current adjunct faculty are encouraged to contact their school's faculty affairs department to inquire about internal school awards for adjuncts.
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.
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 may be advanced to the NYU All-University Selection Committee by the final nomination deadline. Please review the CFA’s recommendations for selecting and advancing competitive nominees.
|Committee Member||School / Organization / Unit||Submit Nominations To|
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
|College of Arts & Science||FR2235@nyu.edu|
Professor with Chair - NTE
|College of Dentistryemail@example.com|
Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies
|Continuing Faculty Senators Council (C-FSC)||—|
|Gallatin School of Individualized Studyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Grossman School of Medicineemail@example.com|
Kerschner Family Professor of Finance Education
|Leonard N. Stern School of Businessfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
|NYU Abu Dhabi||Google Form|
NYUAA Board Member and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee
|NYU Alumni Association||—|
Associate Professor/Undergraduate Coordinator
|NYU Shanghai||Google Form|
Erica G. Foldy
Associate Professor of Public Administration
|Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Serviceemail@example.com|
Clinical Professor and Program Director, Advanced Practice Palliative Care Specialty Sequence
|Rory Meyers College of Nursingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
School of Global Public Health
Associate Dean / Chief Operating Officer
|School of Lawemail@example.com|
Hui Soo Chae
Clinical Professor and Executive Director, Learning and Teaching Nexus
|School of Professional Studies||Qualtrics Form|
|Silver School of Social Workfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
|Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Developmentemail@example.com|
Associate Professor and Chief Inclusivity Officer
|Tandon School of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Professor of Applied Psychology
|Tenured/Tenured Track Faculty Senators Council (T-FSC)||—|
Co-Associate Dean of Faculty and Associate Arts Professor
|Tisch School of the Arts||Google Form|
Clinical Professor of Mathematical Studies
School of Professional Studies
Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Professor, Management & Organizations
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Professor, Graduate Film
Tisch School of the Arts
Silver School of Social Work
Associate Professor of Cell Biology
Grossman School of Medicine
DTA Video Series
Interviews with annual award winners who share successful classroom strategies, and how they continue to grow as teachers in spite of and because of the challenges they face.
If you could travel back in time, what would you tell yourself on your first day of teaching?
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