The College of Education Golden Apple Award recognizes instructors in the college who excel and go “above and beyond” in teaching and/or advising.

College of Education faculty (tenure-track and NTT), adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers and graduate teaching assistants are eligible. Nominations are accepted September 1 – March 30 and reviewed each month. Up to eight awards may be given per year. 

Nomination Form

Individuals recognized for excellence in teaching should demonstrate some or all of the following characteristics of effective teaching:

  • Clarity – organization of content and instruction; explanation of concepts and content; and directions for assignments and projects.
  • Variability – instructional approaches and methods; instructional materials and visuals; learning activities; student engagement; and types of assessment.
  • Enthusiasm – excitement for students and for teaching; interaction, questioning, and engagement.
  • Task-oriented and professional – concerned with learning; preparation for class and laboratories; clear expectations; and encourages creative work.
  • Opportunities for learning – teaches to clearly established objectives and expectations; and congruence between objectives, instruction, and assessment.
  • Available/Accessible – effectively communicates and interacts with students outside the classroom.
  • Knowledgeable/Helpful – an effective consultant; provides accurate and timely information regarding curriculum, co-curriculum, and policies; provides information on academic support and student development services; encourages academic success.
  • Personable/Approachable – students feel comfortable seeking out; knows students by name; takes a personal interest in individual students’ experiences, progress, and development.
  • Counselor/Mentor – an advocate who students turn to for advice, counsel, guidance, or direction.