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The College of Natural Sciences works to promote a diverse, equitable, inclusive and friendly community, with excellence and success for all faculty, students, staff, and visitors at the University. Resources regarding diversity and inclusion are below.


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This signage works to ensure our college is an inclusive environment, giving our students information about available resources for diversity and inclusion. Please post these in classrooms, labs and units. Printed versions are available through department chairs and unit leads.

Faculty should have regular reviews and observations of teaching.  These will be part of the dossiers for promotion, third-year review, and comprehensive period review (CPR). 


To advance and recognize the excellent teaching in the College of Natural Sciences that is core to our mission, each year we set aside time to bring teaching faculty together for discussions about teaching and a celebration of outstanding leaders in the classroom.

 

Teaching Excellence Awards

It is the intention of the Dean's Office to increase awareness of excellent teachers and to promote quality teaching in the College of Natural Sciences by recognizing faculty members who have had a positive influence on the educational experience of our students.

Any CNS department may submit Teaching Excellence Award nominations. Faculty from across the college are selected for annual Teaching Excellence Awards. 

Eligibility: Faculty teaching at any rank are eligible. 

 

Honoring Diversity & Inclusivity 

The College of Natural Sciences values the academic and community benefits that result from diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus. Special recognition, by way of a CNS Diversity & Inclusivity Award, will honor outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, and academic or administrative units whose powerful actions support the development of a diverse and inclusive university community.  Consideration of such accomplishments is integrated into the teaching nomination forms and review criteria.

Nominatons should be submitted online by June 1 via the CNS Teaching Excellence Nomination Form.

Teaching Discovery Day

Exceptional teachers abound in the College of Natural Sciences. In a tradition begun in 2016, each fall, dozens of award-winning faculty members open up their classrooms for Teaching Discovery Day.

These outstanding teaching faculty host visits from other CNS faculty who sit in on the classes in small groups. Award-winning faculty who are not teaching on Teaching Discovery Day are invited to help lead small group discussions with their colleagues about their observations and any best practices in teaching gleaned from the day.

On the evening of Teaching Discovery Day, a special dinner to celebrate outstanding teachers in the College of Natural Sciences is held and Teaching Excellence Awards for the College are given.

Click here for a list of previous winners.

Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Teaching Award
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President’s Associates Teaching Award
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Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award
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Academy of Distinguished Teachers
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William David Blunk Memorial Professorship
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Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships
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CNS Deadline*


 
     
Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award
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*Please note: College of Natural Sciences deadlines differ from those posted on the Provost’s site.