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Teaching Awards

Celebrating Excellence in Teaching

Campus Teaching Awards


Please submit nominations to by: April 11, 2022


To be considered for a UMKC Chancellor’s or Provost’s Teaching Award, your nomination materials must include the following items combined into one single PDF document in the order displayed below.  All items must be 10 point font or larger.  Please note the Graduate Mentor Award has a separate set of nomination materials and Checklist (see award link below).

Teaching Awards Checklist (Click here to download the Teaching Awards Checklist)

Letter of nomination from Chair (3-page maximum)

Letter of support from the Dean (3-page maximum)

Additional letters of support

  • Maximum of 3 from colleagues (2-pages each maximum)
  • Maximum of 3 from students (2-pages each maximum)

Candidate’s  Statement of Teaching Philosophy (2-page maximum)

Course evaluation summaries (5-page maximum):

  • List of courses taught
  • Include department and school norms
  • No raw data—Charts and/or summary statistics encouraged
  • Summarize student written evaluations (2-page maximum)

Sample syllabi (5-page maximum)

CV (5-page maximum)

  • Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching– Nomination Deadline: April 11, 2022.
    This award recognizes and celebrates UMKC assistant professors who have achieved excellence in teaching early in their professional careers.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching– Nomination Deadline:  April 11, 2022.
    UMKC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching will recognize and celebrate UMKC faculty who are consistently superior teachers at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level over an extended period of time.
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – Nomination Deadline: April 11, 2022.
    This award recognizes and celebrates teaching excellence among UMKC clinical and teaching faculty.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring– Nomination Deadline: April 11, 2022.
    This award will recognize UMKC graduate faculty advisors with a long-established career at the University who have made significant contributions to higher education through exceptional mentoring.  Click here to download the Graduate Mentoring Award Nomination Checklist .

 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award

(Generously sponsored by the UMKC Alumni Association)

Awarded annually to outstanding teachers in Bloch School and Schools of Dentistry, Law and Medicine:

  • Bloch criteria:  A Faculty Awards Committee (including two representatives of the SBPA Student Association) screens applicants on the basis of student evaluation ratings; development of teaching materials, concepts and examples, and techniques; peer reputation; and other evidence of dedication to teaching.
  • Dentistry criteria:  Alumni and faculty may nominate full- or part-time faculty, who are judged by the Dean’s Advisory Committee on the basis of the supervisor’s detailed evaluation of teaching performance, student evaluations, peer recommendations, and (optional to committee) candidate interviews.
  • Law criteria:  Dean reviews number and types of courses taught, innovation in methods, student evaluations, and reputation among peers with a representative on the Alumni Association Board.
  • Medicine criteria:  The school’s Faculty Awards Review Committee review candidates that should be full time regular or non-regular faculty of the medical school for at least 5 years based on the strength of learner evaluations, creative and innovative teaching methods and skills, and educational leadership. 

Nomination materials should include the following:

  1. Nomination Letter (should address each of the qualities listed in the applicable unit’s criteria above with documented examples to support nomination)
  2. Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
  3. Nominee’s Personal Philosophy of Teaching Statement
  4. Letters of Support
  5. Other Supporting Materials

Nomination materials should appear in the nomination portfolio in the order listed above.  Use the latest Adobe software (available through UMKC Remote Labs) to convert documents to PDF format (scan hard-copy letters or documents and save as Searchable PDF files). Merge all nomination documents in the order shown above by using the “Combine>Merge files …” feature of Adobe software.  Name files as outlined above (see bold text); when the files are merged into one document, the document automatically creates an “index” by file name.


Please submit nomination portfolio to by: April 11, 2022

System Teaching Award

Thomas Jefferson Award – (for more information click on the award title)-Nomination Deadline:  Closed

***Please note that all nominations must be reviewed and approved by the Provost prior to submitting to UM System, therefore all nominations  should be sent electronically to by TBD. The UMKC Faculty Affairs Office will handle obtaining the signatures for the Provost AND for the Title IX/Civil Rights Officer.

All required nomination materials (see Nomination Form for list of required materials for each award) should be in electronic format and merged into one single PDF file (see nomination form for file name requirements).   All letters of support should be signed and appear on appropriate department, unit, university, corporate, or organizational letterhead.

For additional information, please contact Chris Popoola ( in the UMKC Faculty Affairs Office.