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Trustees' Teaching Award Guidelines

Call for TTA Applications - 2014

Applications are requested for the Trustees' Teaching Award (TTA) from tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time lecturers, and clinical faculty (whose primary duty is teaching) who have taught at Indiana University South Bend for a minimum of two years. These awards are given to those applicants who show evidence of sustained and consistent teaching excellence. These awards will be given to a maximum of seven percent of the faculty on each campus.

The deadline for submitting complete applications to the appropriate College or School contact is March 3, 2014. Send applications from the Arts to the Dean (Marvin Curtis), Business and Economics applications to the Secretary to Dean (Karla Forsythe), Education applications to the Secretary to the Dean (Peggy Geik), Liberal Arts and Sciences applications to the Secretary to the Dean (Linda Heidrich), Library applications to the Dean of the Library (Vicki Bloom), and Nursing & Health Professions applications to the Dean (Mario Ortiz). The reviewed applications will be forwarded to the Academic Senate Teaching Committee by March 24, 2014. Recommendations to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will be forwarded by April 18, 2014. Award announcements will be made by May 2, 2014.

Eligibility

All tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time lecturers, and clinical faculty (whose primary duty is teaching) who have taught at Indiana University South Bend for a minimum of two years are eligible. Individuals who have received a TTA award in previous years are eligible to reapply; however, facuity members are eligible to receive a TTA no more than once in a two-year period (Senate resolution, March 26, 2010). Faculty members are not eligible to apply for the TTA while they are serving on the campus-level selection committee (Senate resolution, March 26, 2010). Candidates do not need to be nominated for this award; self-nominations are acceptable. It is the candidate's responsibility to compile the completed application and submit it to his or her College or School contact by March 3, 2014.

Applications

The entire application should be prefaced by the TTA Cover Sheet and contain no more than 10 pages (in 10-point type or larger), exclusive of the appendix in (4) below.  The Cover Sheet does not count towards the 10 page limit. 

To present a convincing case of excellent teaching, the applicant is required to submit evidence from areas 1, 2, 3, and 4. Area 5 is optional. The combined total from areas 1, 2, 3, and 5 (if included) must not exceed 10 pages. Area 4 does not count as part of the 10 page limit (see below).

Required Areas

  1. A summary of teaching accomplishments: 
  • Courses taught with enrollments
  • Teaching-related publications and/or presentations
  • Teaching awards
  • Teaching grants
  • Course development
  • Teaching innovations/curriculum design
  • Teaching-related service
  1. A reflective statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy and self-analysis
  2. A summary of student evaluations and comments
  3. An appendix (that does not count as part of the 10 page limit) of all IU South Bend student evaluations and comments from at least the past two and not more than the past three years. No other materials may be included in the appendix.

Optional Area

  1. The types of documentation the applicant might also include are as follows (please note, all these documents must fall within the overall 10-page limit):
  • Unsolicited student comments
  • Attendance at workshops, seminars, or conferences related to teaching
  • Information on the extent of student learning
  • Evidence of teaching rigor
  • Letters from peers who have had direct classroom observation of the candidate
  • Student work samples
  • Any additional information related to teaching

The Process for Selection of TTA Recipients

The Selection Process at Indiana University South Bend

  1. Committee Structure
    1. The faculty in each College or School, including the Library, will select a TTA committee (consisting of a minimum of three members and a maximum of five members, from the tenured and tenure-track faculty) to screen the faculty applicants for the TTA. Any College or School with fewer than six full-time faculty members may invite full-time faculty from another College or School to serve on its committee. Applications will be recommended as "high distinction," "acceptable," and "not acceptable" by the College or School committee. All applications will then be forwarded to the campus-wide committee, the Academic Senate Teaching Committee.
    2. The Academic Senate Teaching Committee will serve as the final selection committee. A majority of the members of the campus-level TTA selection committee must have received a school, college, campus, or university teaching awared (Senate resolution, March 26, 2010).
  2. Eligibility for the TTA
    1. All tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time lecturers, and clinical faculty (whose primary duty is teaching) are eligible for the TTA. Before being eligible to be considered for the TTA, an applicant must have teaching service at Indiana University South Bend. Faculty members are not eligible to apply for the TTA while they are serving on the campus-level selection committee (Senate resolution, March 26, 2010). Individuals who have received a TTA award in previous years are eligible to reapply; however, facuity members are eligible to receive a TTA no more than once in a two-year period (Senate resolution, March 26, 2010).
  3. The Award
    1. The amount of the award will be determined by the trustees. Academic Affairs will announce the amount on this site when it is available. Seven percent of the faculty will be eligible to receive the award each year.
    2. Award winners may choose whether to receive the award in cash or to establish an account to be used for professional purposes. In either case, the award is fully taxable. The Office of Academic Affairs will assume that the winner wishes to receive the cash award unless the winner informs that office otherwise within one week after notification of the award.
    3. Academic Senate Teaching Committee selections are to be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by May 1st of that year. The Office of Academic Affairs will ensure that the TTA awards are made before the end of the fiscal year. The Office of Academic Affairs will keep track of the TTA recipients each year and will provide the Board of Trustees and others as needed with a list of the TTA recipients.
    4. The TTA should not be given in lieu of regular, merit based salary increases. The TTA is not part of the recipient's base salary.
  4. Application Review Process
    1. Applicants must meet the Board of Trustee's criteria in addition to what is specified elsewhere in this document.
    2. Documentation submitted by the applicant (and the recommendation of the College or School selection committee) must be sufficient to warrant a decision that denotes excellence in teaching.
    3. The decisions of the Academic Senate Teaching Committee are final and non-appealable.

Past Trustees' Teaching Awards(formerly TERA Awards) Recipients

Last updated: 1/13/2014
URL: http://www.iusb.edu/academic-affairs/awards/tta
Comments: acadaff@iusb.edu