Selection Process and Timeline
Teams of faculty members are eligible to apply on behalf of their department or academic unit. The dean and chair who oversee or share oversight for the unit must endorse the application.
In order to be considered for the award, departments must demonstrate a sustained record of teaching excellence that meets the following criteria:
NOTE: Departments do not have to provide evidence in all areas; they should select those categories that best allow them to showcase their strengths.
- Commitment to exemplary teaching over time
- Commitment to faculty development for teaching
- Commitment to student success
- Commitment to exemplary collaboration
- Commitment to linking discovery, creative activity, and engagement with teaching and learning
- Commitment to ongoing assessment and improvement of teaching and learning quality
As a means of fostering a vibrant teaching and learning culture at the University of Louisville, each year the recipients of the Paul Weber Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching organize and lead a presentation that is open to the university community. The presentation is designed as an opportunity to share the winning department’s outstanding achievements with the university community. Additionally, successful applications are posted on the Paul Weber Award website. Submission of an application indicates the department's willingness to abide by these requirements.
|February 8, 2013||Call for applications|
|July 1, 2013||Stage One applications accepted|
|August 15, 2013||Deadline for Stage One applications|
|September 1, 2013||Finalists selected and invited to submit a Stage Two application|
|November 1, 2013||Deadline for Stage Two applications|
|September 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013||Finalists reviewed and selection committee conducts observation visits|
|January 15, 2014||Award selection committee makes award recommendation to the Provost|
|February 2014||Announcement of award winner|
|Fall 2014||Award reception|
Departmental eligibility for consideration of an award is determined by a two-stage review process. In the first stage of the review process, each department on campus is invited to submit a brief application that briefly describes department activities that establish a commitment to teaching excellence.
Department applications judged favorably in the initial screening and review process will be identified as finalists and will be invited to submit a more detailed application. As part of the finalist evaluation process, members of the award selection committee will participate in unannounced classroom observations in a select number of courses and will observe at least one departmental faculty meeting.
Award Selection Committee
The award selection committee is appointed annually by the Provost to review departmental documentation in support of teaching and learning excellence, and to conduct departmental observations. The selection committee will be established with membership as follows:
- Four current faculty members appointed from past recipients of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching
- One faculty member selected from departments who have previously received the Paul Weber Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching
- One faculty member selected from past recipients of the “top” Faculty Favorite” Award
- One member of the Office of the Provost’s senior staff
- One representative from the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning (Ex Officio)
- One undergraduate student
- One graduate student
- Maddie Reno-Weber, wife of Dr. Paul Weber
Faculty members appointed to the selection committee will be asked to serve for a two-year term. Terms of faculty will be staggered to ensure consistency of the review process across annual review cycles. For the 2013-2014 review cycle only, appointments will be staggered two- and three-year terms. Students will serve one-year terms and may serve up to two terms depending on availability. Once formed, the committee will elect a committee chair and co-chair annually. Administrative support to the selection committee will be provided by the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning.
The awards selection committee will offer its recommendations for the award winner to the Provost, who will make the final decision.