Distinguished Teaching Professor Award

Contact: Keisha Love, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives, 513-556-7013 or Keisha.Love@uc.edu

Emily M. S. Houh, JD, 2018 Winner

Emily M. S. Houh, JD, 2018 Winner


The Office of the Provost deeply values professors who have made a long-term commitment to serve at the University of Cincinnati and who promote excellence in teaching. The Office of the Provost recognizes the investments of these longtime partners by recognizing and investing in them through the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. This award is made for UC instructors who represent the ideal of the educational profession and have made impactful contributions in teaching, curricular development, and the mentoring and supervision of students.


Award Overview

Candidates may be instructors of any subject and should be able to communicate a broad and accurate knowledge of their fields. Their work with students should be exemplary in the sense that they create a classroom environment that promotes learning, challenges students to think critically, and motivates students to their fullest potential. The instructors should also go above and beyond in mentoring and supervising students.  



Nominees must have:  

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in teaching at the rank of instructor or higher at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Received an award for teaching excellence from the college, university, or a professional association.
  • Evidence of superior teaching of students resulting in significant impact on their lives, including evidence of assessment measures to document student learning.
  • Evidence of achievement in curricular development and academic planning beyond the individual classroom and subject.
  • Evidence of scholarship, creativity, and innovation related to teaching and learning, such as through the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) publications or presentations in peer-reviewed outlets.
  • Evidence of recognition for contributions to teaching and learning beyond the university. Evidence of effective mentoring and supervision with students. 



Deans or their representatives must submit an electronic copy of the nomination dossier to Keisha.Love@uc.edu in the Office of the Provost by Monday, December 4, 2017. Colleges may only submit one nomination; therefore, an internal selection process–which shall be developed by the dean or the dean’s representative–should be completed prior to the submission deadline.  

The dossier should be no more than 30 pages in length with no addenda or appendixes and should be organized according to the six selection criteria above, and must include: 

  • A cover letter of nomination from the Dean documenting that the nominee has met the above criteria.
  • The following supporting materials may be included with the nomination:
    • A brief statement (300 words or less) that describes what makes the nominee a distinguished instructor and highlights major accomplishments relevant to the award.
    • Curriculum vitae of the nominee (a shortened version is acceptable).
    • A list of courses taught over the last three years and a summary of related teaching activities (e.g. curriculum committees, new course development, improvements to laboratories or equipment, pedagogical publications, counseling and advising activities).
    • A summary of formal peer and student evaluations over the past three years. Please summarize student evaluations in a format that is efficient and clear regarding the main features of those evaluations. While both quantitative and qualitative data should be included, do not include copies of individual evaluations. This section should also clarify the methodology by which the student evaluations were collected.
    • Letters from former students emphasizing the profound long-term impact of the teacher’s influence on their lives (no more than three letters). 
    • Letters from individuals of state, national, and/or international organizations or agencies regarding the candidate’s stature as a teacher (no more than three letters).
  • Letters of support (a maximum of three) from other UC faculty who have interacted extensively with the candidate and/or are knowledgeable about the candidate, especially if those colleagues have had their teaching impacted in substantial ways by the candidate. 

NOTE: Please assemble all materials into one complete submission.

  • The Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives will appoint a committee consisting of faculty from multiple campuses, administrators in the Office of the Provost, a graduate student, and an undergraduate student to review applications. The committee will submit its recommendation to the Provost by December 20, 2017 and the Provost will make recommendations to the President by January 19, 2018.
  • Administrators will announce recipients at a meeting of the Board of Trustees and recognized at the Faculty Awards Celebration in April 2018. 


View the most recent recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.