June 13, 2018

Adjunct Teaching Excellence

Notice: We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation as it evolves.  At this time, the award ceremony has been postponed until further notice. We will continue to post any changes to the ceremony here.  Please visit www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus for University updates.

Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The Teaching Excellence Awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgment of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring. We urge program and department leads and other administrators to take this opportunity to recognize teaching excellence at Mason by nominating an adjunct that you view as an outstanding educator.

Nomination Process:

The Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding teaching of adjunct faculty while offering a slightly different selection process from our original Teaching Excellence Awards. The evaluation criteria have been refined to focus on the teaching work of adjuncts, and the portfolio process is streamlined accordingly. This award is open to all adjunct faculty members who are currently teaching a course or who taught at least one course during the past current academic year who also have at least 6 semesters of teaching experience at Mason. Semesters of teaching do not need to be consecutive to meet eligibility requirements.

Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, any nominations submitted after the deadline will be considered for the following awards cycle. Nominations should be in the form of a 2-3 paragraph support letter from administrators (department chair, program director, teaching unit coordinator, dean, etc.), colleagues, or former students. The support letter should briefly address how the faculty member meets some of the following criteria for teaching excellence:

  1. Growth and development as an educator
  2. Student and learner engagement
  3. Assessment of student learning and achievement
  4. Teaching effectiveness and impact

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact us.

2020 Nomination Deadline Extended to December 5

Method: Nominations can be brief. Please write 2-3 paragraphs explaining how the nominee meets some of the criteria for teaching excellence (above).

Send Nominations to: The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at stearns@gmu.edu.


Submissions will be evaluated according to the following guidelines:

The Selection Process:

  1. Nominations will be accepted through December 5th.
  2. Nominees will provide a condensed teaching portfolio by early February.
  3. The Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award winner will be selected by early April.
  4. A ceremony will honor the Teaching Excellence Award winners in April.

A NOTE TO NOMINEES: We will be using your official Mason email address to communicate throughout the selection process. Please be sure to check it regularly.

  Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award Winners