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Distinguished Teaching Awards

Started in 2014, the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) is a highly competitive award granted by Graduate Division that recognizes exceptional teaching demonstrated by a graduate student as a Teaching Assistant or Associate-In. Based on the strength of nomination letters and the nominee’s student teaching evaluations, a committee appointed by Graduate Division awards 2-3 DTAs annually. DTA Award recipients are recognized during the annual Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Banquet held in the Spring term and receive a monetary prize.

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.

Nominations will open for the next awards season in Winter 2020.

  • Eligibility

    Nominees must have been enrolled graduate students that held a teaching assistant or associate-in position during Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and/or Winter 2020 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 2016)