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Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching


The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes the sustained record of distinguished teaching by a tenured East Carolina University faculty member. The recipient of this award will be recognized at a variety of functions and will receive a stipend of $7,500. Please see below for details of eligibility and selection procedures for this award.

All letters of nomination must be in the Office for Faculty Excellence, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, no later than 5 p.m. on September 17, 2012. All portfolios are due Thursday, November 1, 2012; nominated faculty need to be informed as soon as possible in order to assemble the required documents.

Previous Recipients

East Carolina University Selection Procedures

Eligibility for Selection


Nominees must:
  • be tenured at East Carolina University;
  • have taught at East Carolina University at least seven years;
  • have demonstrated excellent or exceptional teaching ability over a sustained period of time;
  • be teaching in the academic year in which they are selected; and
  • not have received this award previously while teaching at any University of North Carolina institution.


Selection Procedures and Guidelines

Faculty, students, administrators, or alumni may nominate a faculty member, or a faculty member may nominate himself/herself for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nomination letters, not to exceed two pages in length, should explain why the nominee deserves the award. Letters of nomination must be in the Office for Faculty Excellence, Mailstop 530, Joyner Library, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012.

Nominated faculty members who wish to pursue the award must have their portfolios in the Office for Faculty Excellence, Joyner Library, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

In 2010, the UNC General Administration required electronic submission of the materials forwarded for this award. As ECU makes this transition, we ask that nominees submit a paper portfolio for review by the ECU selection committee but also request electronic copies of as many portfolio materials as practicable be provided via flashdrive or CD. The portfolio materials must include:

  • an itemized list of all materials in the portfolio;

  • a brief written statement (not to exceed three pages) that articulates the nominee’s teaching philosophy and methods used to achieve his or her educational goals;

  • copies of syllabi and other relevant course materials from no more than three different courses taught by the faculty member within the last three years, as well as a brief explanation of how the courses were assigned;

  • a summary of the Student Opinion of Instruction Survey (SOIS) student ratings for all courses that have been evaluated over the previous three years (Information from the new SPOTS or unit teaching evaluations may be substituted for courses where the SOIS is not administered). Nominees will be provided a format for the summary of student ratings;

  • copies of at least two peer evaluations of teaching, both of which include a classroom evaluation;

  • a copy of a current curriculum vitae or résumé of the nominee, not to exceed three pages in length;

  • a letter of support from the departmental chair or the dean of the college or school;

  • typed letters of support from two colleagues and two former students of the nominee, currently enrolled or alumni;

  • a 20-minute video of the nominee teaching a university course within the last year. (Contact the Office for Faculty Excellence office for the acceptable videotaping service). The standard (unedited) video should display 20 consecutive minutes of teaching and include a pan of the audience. Faculty may select the 20-minute segment of the taped lesson for submission with their portfolio; and

  • any additional materials, not to exceed four pages, that in the opinion of the nominee will assist the selection committee in reaching a decision.

All portfolio materials submitted by the two finalists will be kept on file for public review in the Office for Faculty Excellence Reading Room, Joyner Library.

By  early January 2013, the selection committee will send forward to the Chancellor the names of two finalists and the supporting documentation for each. The Chancellor will then forward to the Board of Governors the name of one finalist from East Carolina University.