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Teaching Excellence Award Description & Criteria
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Teaching Excellence Award

The AMATYC Teaching Excellence Award is given in odd-numbered years to outstanding two-year college mathematics instructors. The first round of awards was presented at the 1997 Annual Conference in Atlanta and every odd-numbered year since then. The next round of awards will be presented at the 2021 AMATYC Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Each awardee will receive an AMATYC medallion and a $500 check.

Selection Criteria

Teaching excellence is the main focus of the Teaching Excellence Award. Criteria for selection are:

  • Instructional Effectiveness and Support of Students
    innovative teaching strategies, alternative assessment methods, curriculum development, creating a learning environment for all students, accessible to students in and out of the classroom, etc.

25 points
  • Professional Involvement and Professional Development/Renewal Activities
    active participation in professional organizations, speeches, articles, conferences, etc.

10 points
  • Interaction with Colleagues
    sharing and discussing ideas with other colleagues

10 points
  • Service to Departments/Division/College
    active contributor to college community

5 points

Nominees must be AMATYC regular, life, or adjunct members whose primary assigned duties must be delivering instruction in an associate degree granting program. Nominees must have a minimum of 5 years of full-time equivalent mathematics teaching experience. Individuals can receive the award only once.

Nomination Packet

Nominations are invited from AMATYC individual members, AMATYC institutional members, or affiliates. Non-members, such as a supervisor, may nominate an AMATYC member. Members may nominate themselves. A completed nomination packet consists of a:

  • Nomination Form
  • Cover letter from the nominator (not to exceed 3 pages, in at least a 12-point font)
  • Resume or vita of the nominee (not to exceed 3 pages, in at least a 12-point font)
  • Letters of recommendation from each of: a student, a colleague, and a supervisor (not to exceed 1 page, in at least a 12-point font)
  • Summary of the candidate‚Äôs most recent student evaluations (not to exceed 2 pages,12-point font)

Policy dictates that additional information will NOT be considered.

The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2021 TE Award is December 10, 2020. For more information contact Laura Watkins by email at You may also contact your AMATYC regional vice president or regional rep to the committee.

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