President's Award for Excellence in Teaching


The Elmhurst College Faculty Development Committee (FDC) invites groups of students to nominate a faculty member for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Nominations will be accepted from any group of three or more current students, either representing a student organization or honor society or choosing to nominate independently.

Any faculty member – full-time or part-time, teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in any program during any term – is eligible for nomination.


Nomination Procedures 


Nominations are completed in three steps:

  1. Declare your intent to nominate a faculty member.  To do this, submit a completed Intent to Nominate Form online as soon as you know you intend to nominate a faculty member.  This form should be completed no later than Monday, March 6, 2017. The form asks for the name of the nominated faculty member and the names of at least three students nominating the faculty member.  This allows us to get the nomination process started before receiving your nomination statement. 

  2. Submit a completed Nomination Statement  no later than Friday, March 10, 2017.   To complete this, you will need to supply the name of the student liaison for your group, and write a nomination statement of approximately 500-700 words addressing the following two questions: 
    • (1) How do you (the nominating students) know this professor and what are your primary reasons for nominating him or her? 
    • (2) What is this professor’s greatest strength as a teacher? Give a specific example that illustrates this.  

  3. Schedule an Interview.  After the nomination process has started, we will contact your designated student liaison by e-mail to set up a time for an in-person group interview.  At least three, but no more than six students should attend the interview.  Two members of the Faculty Development Committee will interview your group and the interview will be videotaped for review by other members of the committee.   Sample interview questions are available here.


Selection Procedure

After all interviews are completed, the FDC will make the final selection of the two faculty members who will receive this year’s awards. At the Founders’ Faculty Dinner in May the names of all nominees will be announced, and President Braskamp will present the awards to the two recipients. Until then, the names of all nominees will be kept confidential.


Submit the Intent to Nominate Form no later than Monday, March 6, 2017.

Submit the Nomination Form no later than Friday, March 10, 2017.