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. Date for 2022 nominations is forthcoming
- 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
- Exhibit outstanding teaching effectiveness both within and outside of the classroom as measured by:
- the development or use of a pedagogical approach that is innovative, creative, and engaging;
- the ability to foster students’ critical thinking skills and encourage independent inquiry; and
- a commitment to inspiring, promoting, and sustaining the intellectual development of students.
- Actively engage in advising or mentoring undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students or participate in clinical supervision-interactions outside of the classroom
- Contribute to the development or enhancement of curricula in the field
Procedure for Submitting Nominations & All-University Selection Committee
Students, faculty, and alumni wishing to submit a nomination are encouraged to contact their School Representative. Below is a list of School Representatives for 2020-2021 and their contact information.
- College of Arts and Science: Richard Kalb, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Dentistry: Leila Jahangiri, email@example.com
- Gallatin School of Individualized Study: Matthew G. Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graduate School of Arts and Science: Jane Anderson, email@example.com
- Grossman School of Medicine: Joan F. Cangiarella, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leonard N. Stern School of Business: Thomas A. Pugel, email@example.com
- Liberal Studies: Heidi White, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service: John J. Gershman, email@example.com
- Rory Meyers College of Nursing: Judith Haber, firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Global Public Health: Diana R. Silver, email@example.com
- School of Law: Lisa B. Waldman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Professional Studies: David Hollander, email@example.com
- Silver School of Social Work: Deborah K. Padgett, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development: Kenneth Aigen, email@example.com
- Tandon School of Engineering: Jean Gallagher, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tisch School of the Arts: Fred Carl, email@example.com
- C-FSC: John M. Halpin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- T-FSC: Angela R. Kamer, email@example.com
- NYU Alumni Association: Corey Blay, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Stephanie Mattera, email@example.com
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 candidate can be advanced to the All-University Selection Committee.