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Call for Nominations: WSCA Distinguished Teaching Award

Tuesday, October 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By J. Jacob Jenkins, Committee Chair

Overview: WSCA welcomes nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.

WSCA’s Distinguished Teaching Award may be given each year to a deserving faculty member(s) who has made a significant contribution to the quality of teaching in WSCA and to the larger communication field within the Western region.

Eligibility: This award is open to a wide range of faculty: adjunct, contingent, temporary and tenured/tenure-track instructors, regardless of full or part-time status. Nominees may be from community colleges, four-year colleges/universities, or institutions granting graduate degrees. All nominees must be current WSCA members at the time of review.

Criteria: Award recipients must demonstrate a sustained excellence in pedagogy. This type of teaching incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires departmental colleagues, and makes students aware of significant relationships between the academy and the world at large.

Nominations: Self or peer nominations are welcome. A letter of nomination should be emailed to J. Jacob Jenkins, the 2017 Chair of WSCA’s Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, at All nominations must be received by 11:59pm (PST),  November 30, 2017.

Review: Jenkins will subsequently contact each nominee and request the following supplemental materials for the entire Committee to blind review:

1.      WSCA membership evidence

2.      Statement of teaching philosophy

3.      Summary of teaching experience

4.      Summary of course evaluation data, including student comments for the five most recent semesters/quarters

5.      at least two letters of recommendation (in addition to the letter of nomination and at least one of which will be composed by a student)


Please contact J. Jacob Jenkins ( with any additional questions or comments. Otherwise, the WSCA Distinguished Teaching Award Committee looks forward to receiving your nominations!

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