Excellence in Teaching Awards

Teaching Excellence Awards


The purpose of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize excellence in the area of teaching at UMSON.

Each year, two awards are given:

  • one to an undergraduate faculty member (BSN level)
  • one to a graduate faculty member (master’s, post-master’s, certificates, DNP, or PhD program).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full- or part-time faculty member who holds an employee position at the School of Nursing
  • Experienced faculty member who has been teaching one year or more in the faculty role

Award Criteria:

  • Leads in the promotion and implementation of innovation in teaching/learning approaches in nursing education
  • Demonstrates excellence and innovation in teaching/learning approaches
  • Promotes diversity and culture of inclusion

Nomination Process:

The eligible faculty member must be nominated by a student for the award. The nomination packet consists of the following components:

  1. Student nomination from an online survey detailing reason for nomination
  2. Nominee summary of their teaching experience, philosophy of teaching, proudest moment as a teacher, and recent contribution or innovation to teaching. Limited to 500 words or fewer.

Nominate a Faculty Member Now

All nominations must be submitted by March 3.

Selection Committees:

Five student volunteers from both the BSN and graduate student bodies will review the applications and select an awardee.

Presentation of Awards:

Award winners will:

  • act as student marshals for both SON Convocation and UMB Commencement
  • receive an engraved award
  • be recognized in SON e-publications and the SON website.

Standing Committee Responsible for Oversight:

Student Affairs with assistance from Office of Student and Academic Services