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Diggs nominations sought

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 15 - December 8, 1994

Nominations are being sought for the Diggs Teaching Scholar Awards.

The award recognizes outstanding teaching and exceptional contributions to the teaching program and learning environment at Virginia Tech. It was initiated in 1992 and is sponsored by the Diggs Endowed Professorship, the Academy of Teaching Excellence, and the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Three Diggs teaching scholars are selected annually. Those selected must agree to participate in a roundtable program devoted to public discussion of major pedagogical or curricular issues facing Virginia Tech and/or higher education in general. With the exception of previous Diggs Teaching Scholar recipients, all persons teaching at all instructional levels (i.e., named and full professors, associate and assistant professors, adjunct faculty, instructors, and graduate teaching assistants) at Virginia Tech are eligible.

The recipients of the award will receive $500 and formal recognition at the Diggs Teaching Roundtable. In addition, the departments or programs that nominate the recipients will receive a matching $500

The award program honors departments or programs as well as individuals dedicated to excellence in teaching and student learning.

Each nomination should include the following:

1) Individuals must be nominated by their respective departments or programs through an official letter of nomination. This letter should be signed by the department chair, head, or program director.

2) A description of the nominee's qualifications must be included. It should contain a brief description of the teaching duties, abilities, and performance of the individual. In particular, letters should identify the unique talents of the nominee and indicate how he/she has significantly enhanced the learning environment and overall teaching mission of the department, program, and (perhaps) even the college and/or university.

3) A description of the nominee's proposed topic, issue, or idea relevant to education, pedagogy, learning, and/or curriculum development that he/she would contribute to the annual public forum of the Diggs Teaching Roundtable must be included. (The roundtable dates will be announced in a follow-up letter next semester.)

No other written documentation is required beyond this letter of nomination. Submission of an extensive dossier is expressly discouraged.

Two copies of the letter of nomination should be sent to Gregory Justice, Chair, Diggs Teaching Scholar Award Committee, Department of Theatre Arts (0141). Deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Feb. 17, 1995.