The Writing Intensive Excellence Award

The Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award. $500

AWARD NOMINATION FORM

Purpose: To recognize outstanding WI teaching that helps achieve the mission of Writing to Learn and Learning to Write within the disciplines.

Award Criteria:

  • Evidence of reaching and exceeding the WI Guidelines.
  • Assignments that promote critical thinking, multiple interpretations, and meaningful learning.
  • Evidence that the instruction delivers what it sets out to (student success within the writing requirements of the course).
  • Demonstrates clear understanding of “writing to learn” and “learning to write” theories and practices.
  • Writing as a process is supported through the instruction and assignment design.
  • Nominated faculty, staff, or teaching assistants should be teaching or helping with a WI course during the academic year for which they are nominated.
  • (For the Win Horner Award)  Evidence of innovative WI course and assignment design and instruction.

Eligibility:

  • Open to all benefits-eligible Writing Intensive faculty, staff, and teaching assistants
  • Nominees may re-apply if not previously awarded.  Previous winners are not eligible for five years for the same award.

The Process:

Nominations are accepted from advisors, chairs, colleagues, teaching assistants, Campus Writing Board members, and students regarding exemplary WI instructors that represent the three sectors (Humanities & Arts, Education & Social Science, Natural & Applied Science).  Self-nominations are also accepted, except in the case of teaching assistants, who must be nominated by a faculty member.

For outside nominations:

  • Cover letter written by the nominator addressing how this instructor’s teaching fits the criteria. Limit: 2 pages
  • Current WI syllabus and set of corresponding writing assignments
  • At least one of the following:
    • Evaluations from the most recent semester of teaching a WI course
    • Comments from students in the course (ideally 3-5 student comments/letters about the course, about the writing assignments, the types of responses received, how they grew as writers, and what was learned through the writing assignments)
    • Teaching observation of the nominee completed by someone other than the nominator
    • Statement of WI Teaching Philosophy from the Nominated Instructor

For self-nominations:

  • Cover letter written by the instructor addressing how their teaching fits the criteria. Limit: 2 pages
  • Current WI syllabus and set of corresponding writing assignments
  • At least one of the following:
    • Evaluations from the most recent semester of teaching a WI course
    • Comments from students in the course (ideally 3-5 student comments/letters about the course, about the writing assignments, the types of responses received, how they grew as writers, and what was learned through the writing assignments)
    • Teaching observation
    • Letter of recommendation from a colleague

For Graduate TA nominations:

  • Cover letter written by the faculty nominator addressing how the TA’s teaching, grading, and/or mentoring fits the criteria. Limit: 2 pages
  • Current syllabus and set of corresponding writing assignments and 1-2 TA graded essays
  • At least one of the following:
    • Course evaluations  that specifically ask about the TA’s contribution to the WI course
    • Comments from students in the course (ideally 3-5 student comments/letters about the course, about the writing assignments, the types of responses received, how they grew as writers, and what was learned through the writing assignments)
    • Teaching observation of the graduate student from either a WI or non-WI course completed by someone other than the nominator
    • Letter of support from another faculty member who worked with this graduate student in a different WI course

Submissions: Deadline: April 15, 2020

Please submit an electronic nomination packet as a single PDF to Jacqueline Thomas at the Campus Writing Program: thomasjm@missouri.edu

Selection Committee:

  • Representatives from the Campus Writing Board
  • Writing Intensive Instructors who serve on the Awards Task Force
  • Writing Intensive Tutors
  • Campus Writing Program representatives
  • Student representative