The purpose of these awards is to acknowledge and recognize outstanding graduate teaching assistants for their contributions to the teaching mission of Northern Illinois University (NIU). These awards will also help to identify individuals who may go on to be an institutional nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award.
Each recipient of the award will be presented with a plaque and recognized at the Graduate Student Reception sponsored by the Graduate School at the end of the spring semester. Usually three to four awards are presented, and at least one of the awards will be presented to an outstanding graduate teaching assistant pursuing a master’s degree at NIU.
To be eligible for this award, each candidate must:
In the past, the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant nominations occur during the spring semester. However, to align with the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award, we have moved the nominations to the fall semester. This will allow CITL and the Graduate School time to work with one recipient of the award at the master's and doctoral levels to develop a nomination packet for the regional award.
Each academic or academic support unit that employs graduate TAs for teaching and related activities is invited to nominate two (2) outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants, one at the master's level and the other at the doctoral level, from its department/school for the awards. Nominations should be submitted by the head of the academic department/school or designee. Nominators must complete the nomination form for each nominee and email it with any supporting documents by Friday, November 3, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Nomination for 2023-24 Outstanding TA Awards".
For additional information, please check the Frequently Asked Questions section or contact Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at 815-753-0595 or email@example.com.
Yes, you can nominate that TA as a nominee from your department/school.
Along with providing information for all the items in the nomination form (Word) and clearly indicating that the nominee satisfies the eligibility criteria, the nomination form should provide: