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In 2009, President Elton Hendricks announced the Alfred
E. Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest
teaching award at Methodist University. All faculty and students
are invited to nominate a Methodist University faculty member for
this endowed award to be presented annually at the Awards Day Convocation.
A faculty member must have completed three full academic years of
full-time teaching at Methodist University before being eligible
for consideration, and at least three full academic years must elapse
before a prior recipient is again eligible for consideration.
To nominate a deserving faculty member, faculty and students should
submit a letter of support indicating how the nominee fulfills the
criteria set forth below to the Administrative Assistant to the
The recipient is chosen by a selection committee comprised of the
University President, VPAA, two faculty members, and two students,
further identified as follows:
- The students serving on the committee will be the Student Government
Association (SGA) President and the Chief Marshal for the current
- In the first year of the award, the two faculty members serving
on the committee will be selected by the President and the VPAA.
In the second year of the award, the faculty members will be the
prior year's recipient and a faculty member selected by the President
and the VPAA. In the third and subsequent years, the faculty members
shall be the two prior year recipients of the award. If, for some
reason, the two prior year recipients are not available, faculty
members will be chosen from recipients from the prior year(s)
until the two positions are filled.
Methodist University recognizes that the very cornerstone of its
ongoing commitment to a campus-wide culture of excellence is the
quality of its faculty. It is, therefore, appropriate to identify
and recognize faculty members who have shown a commitment to excellence
in the knowledge of their discipline, method of instruction, attitude,
and interaction with students, both in and out of the classroom.
The Alfred E. Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching is Methodist
University's highest teaching award.
The Alfred E. Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching is given
each year to the full-time Methodist University faculty member who
best exemplifies excellence in the following areas:
- Knowledge. The faculty member
exhibits content mastery (breadth and depth) and keeps current
in his or her discipline.
- Method of Instruction. The
faculty member exhibits clear signs of planning and organization
with efficient use of classroom time.
- Instructor/Student Rapport.
The faculty member demonstrates fair and equitable treatment of
all students, encourages student involvement, and is receptive
to student questions and suggestions.
- Teaching Behavior. The faculty
member is effective in both oral and written expression.
- Teaching Attitude. The faculty
member enjoys teaching the subject and the students. The faculty
member transmits enthusiasm to the students, inspiring them to
- Concern for Teaching. The
faculty member shows interest in improvement by trying new techniques
or creative ways of viewing the subject matter, making the subject
matter relevant, and continuously striving for personal professional
- Stimulating Classroom Environment.
By example, leadership, and expectation, the faculty member establishes
a setting in which the students are encouraged to think, to question,
to appreciate learning itself, and to utilize to the fullest extent
their own capabilities.
- Student Achievements. Students
of the faculty member show definitive evidence of outstanding
performance/achievement both in the classroom and when they leave
- Loyalty to the University, Its Goals,
and Its Mission. The faculty member, by action and disposition,
exhibits a firm commitment to the University, its goals, and its
In sum, to nominate a deserving faculty member who meets the criteria
for the first Alfred E. Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching,
submit a letter of support by February 29, 2008, to Emily Bilog.
If you have any questions, contact Executive Vice President and