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L&S Teaching Fellow Award: Nomination Guidelines for Departments

This document explains the L&S Teaching Fellows Award, eligibility requirements, nomination materials, and nomination deadline.

L&S Teaching Fellow Award: Nomination Guidelines for Departments  

2019-2020 Nominations are due 02/03/20 access the online form here.

This document explains the L&S Teaching Fellows Award, eligibility requirements, nomination materials, and nomination deadline.


The Teaching Fellow Award is granted to teaching assistants who have demonstrated outstanding success and dedication to teaching at UW-Madison. 

Winners of this competitive award are named L&S Teaching Fellows, and up to 15 Fellows are selected per year. 

Departments should nominate fellows using our online form, the last question in the form will give you a space to upload all of the required supporting materials (listed below) as single PDF. The PDF should start with the required cover page (found here).

In addition to the honor of being named a Teaching Fellow, winners receive a $1,000.00 award, which is distributed in two payments. Fellows are also mentored by the L&S team as they help create and execute the Fall TA training program. This is a great chance to for them to work on developing and articulating their teaching philosophies and expand their teaching portfolios, which are becoming increasingly important on the job market. They also get the chance to meet and work with other graduate student from across the college who share their dedication to teaching.

Nomination Guidelines for Departments

  • L&S TAs who are deemed outstanding by the department for whom they teach and who meet the departmental standard for satisfactory progress as a graduate student are eligible to be nominated for an award.
  • Departments may nominate two candidates per year.
  • Nominees need not be currently teaching at the time of the nomination or award, but they must be registered graduate students at the time of the nomination.
  • Past departmental awards that recognize such talents and those previously nominated or awarded a Campus-wide TA Award are eligible.

Nominees Should Be:

  • Excellent Facilitators—they should know how to effectively guide learning through thoughtful questioning, rapport building, and active listening.
  • Effective Communicators—they should be attentive, timely, and considerate in their communications with others.
  • Passionate Teachers—they should have a love for helping students succeed and dedication to pedagogy and teaching excellence.
  • Effective Teachers—they should have a proven track-record of implementing effective, learner centered, and innovative teaching methods.

Selected Fellows Must Be:

  • Available for full-day training in the Fall
  • Available to attend three trainings over the course of the Spring Semester

Required Supporting Materials List:

The first page of the submission must be the cover form (TeachingFellowNominationCoverPage.pdf). It should be filled out and signed by the Department Chair indicating their endorsement of the nominee and application packet. 

Letter of Recommendation from faculty/staff member(s) (3pg. max)

  • Only one letter is allowed but it may be (and is encouraged to be!) co-written/signed by multiple writers.
  • Letters of Recommendation should not only speak to the nominee’s excellence in the classroom, but their experience training or helping other teachers, commitment to improving their own and other’s teaching, and passion or dedication to teaching.

 Additional evidence of teaching excellence (3pg. max)

  •  This can take many forms: student evaluation comments, description of additional projects undertaken, contribution to department, etc. 

Personal Statement from nominee (2pg. max)

  • Please speak to either one or both of the following prompts in your statement.
  • Be sure to provide evidence (e.g. specific examples, student reports, anecdotal evidence, improved performance on assignments, etc.) of how your changes benefited student learning.

What actions have you taken to improve your teaching, and how did those actions impact your students’ learning experiences?


Tell us about a time you helped someone else (or a group of others) improve their teaching. 

Please contact Dani Clevenger at with any questions.

Keywords:TA, teaching award, graduate students, teaching fellows, TA award   Doc ID:25002
Owner:Brian B.Group:L&S Administrative Gateway
Created:2012-07-03 15:38 CDTUpdated:2020-01-27 10:12 CDT
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