Started in 2014, the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) is a highly competitive award that is granted annually by Graduate Division and accompanied by a monetary prize. Based on the strength of nomination letters and the nominee’s student teaching evaluations, a committee appointed by Graduate Division will award two or three DTAs to graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional teaching ability.

Each year the UCR Graduate Division invites nominations from faculty, graduate peers, and undergraduate students wanting to honor a graduate student teacher who demonstrated effective, impactful, or innovative approaches to teaching in the classroom over the past year.

The Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students is an annual award that recognizes exceptional teaching demonstrated by a graduate student as a Teaching Assistant or Associate-In. Award recipients are selected based on the strength of both the graduate students’ nomination letters and teaching evaluations. This campus-level award is granted to two or three graduate students per year and is accompanied by a monetary prize.

To nominate a grad student for the Distinguished Teaching Award, please complete the online nomination form.

Nomination Information


Nominees must have been enrolled graduate students that held a teaching assistant or associate-in position during Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Winter 2019 Quarter(s). Summer term appointments are not eligible for consideration of this award.

Nomination Procedures

A nominee may receive letters of nomination from any of the following groups:

  • Faculty supervisors who have knowledge of the graduate student’s teaching
  • Graduate student peers who have knowledge of the graduate student’s teaching
  • Undergraduate students who have taken a class with the graduate student in Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Winter 2019 Quarter(s)

Letters of nomination should include the following information:

  • The nominee’s full name
  • The nominator’s name and association with nominee (e.g., course instructor, graduate student peer, student)
  • The course(s) and quarter(s) in which you have observed, participated in, or worked with the nominee

(e.g., Biology 5A, Winter 2019)

Other questions?
Contact the TADP office at (951) 827-3386 or at for more information.