Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching


A well-crafted nomination for this award would clearly address sustained excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching and contributions to undergraduate learning beyond classroom instruction. These are the principal campus awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Up to 15 recipients will be chosen (5 tenure-system faculty, 5  specialized faculty and 5 graduate teaching assistants). The award consists of an honorarium and a personalized commemorative plaque.



  • Tenure-system or specialized faculty who have
  • taught on the Urbana-Champaign campus for at least 5 years as of the first day of the current academic year.
  • Has not won this award in the previous 10 years

Teaching Assistants:

  • Taught on the Urbana-Champaign campus for at least two semesters as of the first day of the current academic year. The semesters need not have been taught consecutively.
  • Teaching Assistants who have completed their degree requirements and graduate in the calendar year prior to the February 1st nomination deadline are also eligible.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching;
  • Innovative approaches to undergraduate teaching;
  • The overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; and,
  • Other contributions to improve undergraduate instruction (e.g., engaging students in the classroom; developing courses and curricula; mentoring graduate teaching assistants; leading workshops on pedagogy; advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning; or making other multidimensional contributions beyond the classroom, laboratory, or studio; etc.)


A nomination may be submitted by students, faculty members, administrators, or alumni, and should be submitted to a departmental selection committee.

Any academic unit offering undergraduate instruction may nominate no more than one tenure-system faculty candidate and no more than one specialized faculty candidate; however, more than one graduate teaching assistant may be nominated.

Individuals nominated during a particular year should not be serving on the departmental selection committee during that same year.

Nomination packets must include all materials described below Please follow this outline when submitting a nomination:

  • The standard cover page (Attachment A) with the appropriate signatures.
  • A nomination letter addressing each of the Evaluation Criteria described above. The nomination letter should indicate why the nominee is exceptional as an excellent teacher of undergraduate students. (Not to exceed 3 pages.)
  • A teaching and learning philosophy statement provided by the nominee including a well-articulated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. (Not to exceed 2 pages.)
  • Two letters of support* from current or past undergraduate students (preferably one current student and one alumnus). (See Attachment C for a sample solicitation letter.) (Not to exceed 2 pages each.)

*Letters from students should be solicited by the departmental selection committee, not the nominee. The nominee may be asked to suggest names.


Previous Recipients

Award RecipientDepartmentAward Year
Valeria SobolSlavic Languages & Literatures2023
Janice HarringtonEnglish2023
Eugene LermanMathematics2023
Pascal BellonMaterials Science & Engineering2023
Joshua RoveyAerospace Engineering2023
Stephanie Sanders-SmithCurriculum & Instruction2022
Daniel Leon RuizClassics2022
Alex ShakarEnglish2022
Amanda Mabry-FlynnAdvertising2022
Andiara SchwingelKinesiology & Community Health2022
Amanda CiafoneMedia & Cinema Studies2021
Ryan ShostedLinguistics2021
Terri BarnesHistory2021
Michael DonohoeAccountancy2021
Paul DavidsonAgricultural & Biological Engineering2021
Andrew GaedtkeEnglish2020
Rana HogarthHistory2020
Zoi RaptiMathematics2020
David RivierCell & Developmental Biology2020
Brian WaltersClassics2020
Brian AllanEntomology/School of Integrative Biology2019
Manisha BasuEnglish2019
Gregory ElliottAerospace Engineering2019
Philipp HieronymiMathematics2019
Sandra RuizLatina/Latino Studies and English2019
Timothy BretlAerospace Engineering2018
Brendan HarleyChemical & Biomolecular Engineering2018
Robert RushingFrench & Italian; Comparative & World Literatures2018
Ren é e TrillingEnglish2018
Craig ZillesComputer Science2018
Laura Segebart DeThorneSpeech & Hearing Science2017
Karla MöllerCurriculum & Instruction2017
Thomas NevinsMathematics2017
Rebecca StumpfAnthropology2017
Andrew SuarezAnimal Biology; Entomology2017
Marni BoppartKinesiology & Community Health2016
Lee DevilleMathematics2016
Behrooz Ghamari-TabriziHistory2016
Jonathan KeebleMusic2016
Karen SearsAnimal Biology2016
Richard GorvettMathematics2015
John MurphyCommunication2015
Fiona I.B. NgôGender & Women’s Studies; Asian American Studies2015
Andrea StevensEnglish2015
Bradley SuttonBioengineering2015
Amelia WoodsKinesiology & Community Health2015
Dale BauerEnglish2014
Christopher BensonJournalism & African American Studies2014
Tamara ChaplinHistory2014
Ollie Watts DavisMusic2014
Alan HansenAgricultural & Biological Engineering2014
Bruce FoukeGeology2013
David HaysLandscape Architecture2013
Steven PetruzzelloKinesiology & Community Health2013
Brian QuickCommunication2013
Kirk SandersClassics2013
Instructional Staff
Award RecipientDepartmentAward Year
Michael HurleyEnglish2023
Amanda AltAccountancy2023
Toni GistFood Science & Human Nutrition2023
Yuting Wu ChenElectrical & Computer Engineering2023
Robert KanterSchool of Earth, Society & Environment2023
Eric LarsonBusiness Administration2022
Raquel Castro GoebelSpanish & Portuguese2022
Jeffrey FrameAtmospheric Sciences2022
April HoffmeisterMathematics2022
Joseph BarichIndustrial & Systems Engineering2022
Scott RickettsEnglish2021
Kate Ditewig-MorrisCommunications2021
Jenny AmosBioengineering2021
Michael RaycraftRecreation, Sport, & Tourism2021
Sarah RichardsonAnimal Sciences2021
Wade Fagen-UlmschneiderComputer Science2020
Aldo ManfroiMathematics2020
Mary RameyCommunication2020
Michael StewartGeology2020
Paul StoddardAgricultural & Consumer Economics2020
Isaac DiIanniEconomics2019
Susan Dramin-WeissSpeech & Hearing Science2019
Karle FlanaganStatistics2019
Kari KeatingAgricultural Education Program2019
Jean McDonaldJournalsim2019
Iryce BaronEnglish2018
Susan FarnerKinesiology & Community Health2018
David ZolaEducational Psychology2018
Gretchen AdamsChemistry2017
Emad JassimMechanical Science & Engineering2017
Bob MurphyMathematics2017
Stephen DowningMechanical Science & Engineering2016
Steven HallAdvertising2016
JW MorrissetteTheatre2016
Dawn BohnFood Science & Human Nutrition2015
Jennifer FollisJournalism2015
Adam PoetzelCurriculum & Instruction2015
Donald DeCosteChemistry2014
Jennifer McNeillyMathematics2014
Mardia BishopCommunication2014
Amy Fischer-BrownAnimal Sciences2013
Grace GiorgioCommunication2013
Julie PriceEnglish2013
Teaching Assistants
Award RecipientDepartmentAward Year
Kristin BailPolitical Science2023
Mina NahviMathematics2023
Marissa ChesserMathematics2023
Sanchari BanerjeeEducational Pscyhology2023
Ana GarnerEducation Policy, Organization & Leadership2023
Cody JonesEvolution, Ecology & Behavior2022
Gabe MaloGender & Women’s Studies2022
Julia SpielmannPsychology2022
Emiliana CofellMaterials Science & Engineering2022
Marta TapiaFood Science & Human Nutrition2022
Jone Vicente UrrutiaSpanish & Portuguese2021
Emily BlevinsPsychology2021
Ander BeristainSpanish & Portuguese2021
Leah BeckerEnglish2021
Karie Brown-TessCurriculum & Instruction2021
Brianna AndersonHuman Development & Family Studies2020
Elizabeth FieldMathematics2020
Teresa GreppiSpanish & Portuguese2020
Christiaan HazlettComputer Science2020
Ana OlguinCurriculum & Instruction2020
Zachary BerentMechanical Science & Engineering2019
Katherine NorcrossEnglish2019
Matthew PitchfordCommunication2019
John WestbrookPsychology2019
Leah WilksDance2019
Bryan AbendenscheinCommunication2018
Brynn AdamsonKinesiology & Community Health2018
Valerie O’BrienEnglish2018
Michael PerinoPsychology2018
Nima RasekhMathematics2018
Alexis JonesCurriculum & Instruction2017
Chad KillianKinesiology & Community Health2017
Cara MonicalMathematics2017
David TokarzCommunication2017
Nickolas AndersenMathematics2016
Seong Hee ChoPsychology2016
Yün HanAerospace Engineering2016
Anita MixonCommunication2016
Wendy TruranEnglish2016
Miranda Haus-SeguraPlant Biology2015
Ann HubertEnglish2015
Alicia KozmaMedia & Cinema Studies2015
Audrey NevillePolitical Science2015
Elyse YeagerMathematics2015
Katherine AndersMathematics2014
Joseph DonovanFood Science & Human Nutrition2014
Emily DworkinPsychology2014
Jeremy RobinettRecreation, Sport & Tourism2014
Melanie B. TannenbaumPsychology2014
Molly BriggsLandscape Architecture2013
Anna KurhajecHistory2013
Megan RemmelPolitical Science2013
Amiee RickmanHuman & Community Development2013
Julius RilesCommunication2013


For more information about Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction, contact the Office of the Provost at tab-awards@illinois.edu or 217-333-6677.