Department of English at Illinois State University

Graduate Student Teaching Awards

One of the primary aims of the English Graduate Program is to promote excellence in pedagogy. The Department offers three awards to outstanding teachers each year and encourages graduate assistants to apply for awards offered by the University.

English Department Graduate Teaching Awards

The English Department offers three teaching awards for graduate students.

  • Master’s Level Teaching Initiative Award
  • Glenn Grever Award for Teaching by a Master’s Candidate
  • Taimi Ranta For Teaching by a Ph.D. Candidate

Who Should Apply?

    • First year Master’s graduate instructors for the Teaching Initiative Award.
    • Second year or fifth semester Master’s graduate instructors for the Glenn Grever Award.
    • Any Ph.D. graduate instructor for the Tami Ranta Award.

Include the Following . . .

    • Letter describing teaching experience and philosophy.
    • Teaching portfolio.
    • At least two letters of support
      (faculty, program assistants, other graduate instructors, and former students may provide letters of support)

Deadline

Turn all application materials into Diane Smith, English Department Graduate Secretary, by April 1st.

 

English Department Diversity and Equity Teaching Award

The primary purpose of the Diversity and Equity Teaching Award is three-fold: 1.)to make salient the ISU English Departmentís commitments to engage issues of diversity in order to increase understanding and respect for diversity; 2.)to allow GAís opportunities for reflective praxis in their teaching; and 3.)to encourage and recognize exemplary teaching that addresses concerns of diversity and equity.

Two awards of $200 each will be offered at the Departmentís annual spring awards ceremony.

In order to apply for the Diversity and Equity Teaching Award, interested GAs may self-nominate by turning in the following materials to the Department of English main office by April 1:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Completed lesson plan template (attached below)
  • 1- to 2-page cover letter that explicitly outlines pedagogical goals that address concerns of diversity and equity and provides a reflection on those goals in relation to the submitted lesson plan and course context
  • Faculty members of the Diversity and Equity Committee will evaluate each award application.

    Lesson Plan Template

    University Graduate Student Teaching Awards

    Illinois State University recognizes teaching excellence in Graduate Assistants with a number of teaching awards. Graduate students who win English Department Graduate Teaching Awards are nominated by the department for the following University Graduate Teaching Awards.

    • Level I Master's Assistants with sole responsibility for instruction in a course.
    • Level I Doctorate Assistants with sole responsibility for instruction in a course.
    • Level II Master's or Doctorate Assistants directing labs or discussion groups associated with a course taught by a faculty member, or who have significant responsibilities team or co-teaching a course.

    For more information about how to apply for these awards, visit the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.