Selection Process and Timeline
Teams of faculty members are eligible to apply on behalf of their department or academic unit. The dean 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:
- 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
- Commitment to fulfilling the university's mission around educational excellence
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, Stage One [PDF] and Stage Two [PDF] application materials for the winning departments are posted on the Paul Weber Award website. Submission of an application indicates the department's willingness to abide by these requirements.
|February 6, 2015||Call for applications|
|July 14, 2015||Stage One applications accepted|
|August 14, 2015||Deadline for Stage One applications|
|September 4, 2015||Finalists selected and invited to submit a Stage Two application|
|November 2, 2015||Deadline for Stage Two applications|
|November 2, 2015 to December 4, 2015||Selection committee conducts classroom and departmental observation visits|
|January 2015||Award selection committee makes award recommendation to the Provost|
|February 12, 2016||Announcement of award winner at Celebration of Teaching and Learning|
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 “Stage Two” application, which includes classroom and departmental faculty meeting observations. See “Stage Two Application” and “Stage Two Observation Guidelines” for more information. View the Stage One application evaluation rubric here [PDF].
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 were 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. Students will serve one-year terms and may serve up to two terms depending on availability. 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.
2015-2016 Paul Weber Award Selection Committee Members
Beth Boehm, Faculty/Dean, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Kimberly Boland, Faculty, School of Medicine
David Brown, Faculty, Arts & Sciences
Marie Kendall Brown, Staff, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, Ex Officio
Paul Griner, Faculty, Arts & Sciences
Amy Hirschy, Faculty, College of Education and Human Development
Ashley Shelton, Graduate Student
Kandi Walker, Faculty, Arts & Sciences
TBD, Undergraduate Student