University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Carrigan Award for Excellence

Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Education

The Carrigan Award is the most prestigious faculty teaching award in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It recognizes outstanding effort and achievement in undergraduate teaching, student advising, and undergraduate education. The recipient of this annual award has his/her name engraved on a commemorative plaque, receives a personal cash award of $2,000.00, as well as an additional $500.00 to support continued improvement and innovation in his/her teaching. The award is presented and the recipient is formally recognized each year at the CALS Faculty and Staff Retreat in late August.

Award Criteria

  • Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015
  • The nominee must be a faculty member in CALS with the rank of lecturer or above who has taught an undergraduate course for at least six Fall/Spring semesters at UVM. Semesters need not have been consecutive.
  • Nominations may be made by individuals or groups of faculty, staff, and/or students who are employed by or enrolled in CALS. It is the responsibility of nominators to insure that all required materials are submitted to the Carrigan Award Committee in the correct form and before the deadline.
  • Past recipients are ineligible.
  • Past nominees are eligible, but must be re-nominated. Materials need to be resubmitted and appropriately updated.
  • Nominees who are not teaching in the spring semester (when Committee observations and evaluations of teaching take place) will have their nomination carried over to the following year.

Selection Process

  • Evaluation of nominees and selection of the recipient for the Carrigan Award is carried out by the Carrigan Award Committee, which is comprised of past Carrigan Award winners. The selection process, in part, involves the evaluation of written material submitted to the Committee by the nominators according to the criteria described below.
  • In addition, each nominee's teaching is observed and evaluated by members of the Committee. Each nominee is observed at least three (3) times by different members of the Carrigan Award Committee. A teaching evaluation instrument is used during these visits. Nominees are notified when these visits will take place.
  • If a member of the Carrigan Award Committee submits a nomination, he/she shall resign from the committee for that year.
  • No award shall be made in any year in which members of the Selection Committee decide no deserving candidates have been nominated, or, if the Carrigan Award endowment has not generated sufficient income.

Submission Process

  • A variety of documentation in support of each nominee is submitted to the Carrigan Award Committee. Submitted materials are evaluated according to the criteria described below.
  • In developing these materials nominators solicit letters from other students, faculty, and staff, as well as the nominee; draft supporting materials; consult with the nominee in locating individuals who will provide letters of support; work with the nominee in organizing submissions.
  • Nomination materials are to be submitted electronically to Jane Nevins . In addition, a single copy of all the materials is to be submitted by the nominator to the Deans Office, 108 Morrill. It is the responsibility of the nominator to insure that submissions are in the proper form and submitted by the deadline.

Submissions must include and are limited to:

  1. A 500-750 word nomination statement written by the nominator.
  2. A copy of the nominee's current resume.
  3. Course information summaries: title, level, enrollment, and brief description of each course taught during the past six semesters. Descriptions should include information about course goals, content, the nominee's responsibilities and role in course development and delivery.
  4. Students' course evaluation forms and related material. Summary of these data may also be included, if desired. Student advising data and evaluation reports, as available.
  5. A 500-750 word statement written by the nominee describing his/her philosophy of teaching and student advising, especially as it relates to instructional goals, course design, teaching methodologies, and student achievement.
  6. A minimum of three letters of support from present and former students, faculty colleagues, staff and teaching assistants. Persons providing these letters should have firsthand experience and knowledge related to one or more of the criteria for evaluation described below. Both nominators and nominees may contact individuals in soliciting these letters.
  7. If necessary, the Carrigan Award Committee will request additional information from the nominator.

Criteria For Evaluation of Submissions

Materials submitted to the Carrigan Award Committee in support of each nomination will be evaluated for evidence of sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching, student advising, and undergraduate education, as follows:

  1. Impact on student learning, motivation, academic success, and intellectual development through teaching and student advising.
  2. Innovation in course development and teaching methods.
  3. Influence on improvement of curricula and teaching in the college, the department, and among colleagues.
  4. Involvement with student organizations, participation in CALS committees related to undergraduate education, participation in teaching and curriculum development workshops, seminars, and programs.

Questions about this award should be directed to the current Chairperson of the Carrigan Award Committee by contacting Jane Nevins by email or calling (802) 656-0137.
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