Nominate Faculty, Staff, or TA's For StudCo's Teaching Awards! | UVA Student Council

Students of our Dear University,

The University is made great by so many people that perform so many incredible roles. Student Council would like to recognize those people, which we aim to do with our three annual awards, the Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award, the Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award, and, new this year, the Student Council Superlative Teaching Assistant Award. In order to recognize the persons befitting of these awards, we turn to you, the Student Body, for nominations.

Below, you will find descriptions, and nomination links for, our three awards. Nominations should be letters detailing how your nominee embraces and exemplifies the mission and essence of each award. The criteria for each award are purposefully left open-ended, please use this to your advantage in putting forth your nominee.

The Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award

Leonard Sandridge
In 1979, Leonard Sandridge addressed the Student Council for the first time to discuss a decision by the Board of Visitors regarding student fees. Since this appearance, Mr. Sandridge annually addressed the Council to discuss the current state of the University and to answer questions from student representatives. Mr. Sandridge spoke before this body for the last time before his spring retirement on November 2nd, 2010.In recognition of Mr. Sandridge’s lasting impact on the community and his strong commitment to building unified efforts with the student body, this annual award was established. This award will be given annually to recognize a member of the University administration, faculty, or staff who makes a positive and lasting impact on the University through: dedication to developing relationships and partnerships with students and/or student organizations. Any member of the faculty, administration, staff, support staff, research staff, etc. are eligible to be nominated.Previous recipients of the Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award include Mr. George Sampson and Mr. Andrew Broaddus.Nominations for the Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award will be accepted here. 

The Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award

This award is given annually to recognize a teacher who makes a positive and lasting impact on the University through: dedication to developing relationships with students and the creation of an engaging and challenging classroom atmosphere.Teaching is an integral part of the University and the basis for the reason many students attend the University. This award is designed to recognize those whose teaching skills resonate strongly with us and stick with us throughout, and beyond, our time at the University. Anyone who is the full-time teacher or lecturer of a course can be nominated, including Professors, lecturers, and graduate students.Previous recipients of the Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award include Mr. Reid Bailey and Mr. Vigen Guroian.Nominations for the Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award will be accepted here.

The Student Council Superlative Teaching Assistant Award

This award, new this year, will be given annually to recognize a member of the University Teaching Assistant (TA) staff who makes a positive and lasting impact on the University through: dedication to developing relationships with students and the creation of an enriching supplemental curriculum building on lecture course materials.The learning atmosphere is not limited to our large lectures; many of our courses are supplemented with TA’s, whether simply as a resource or to lead a discussion section. Discussions and TA’s play an important role in shaping our University experience, sometimes making or breaking our experience in a course. For this reason, we aim to recognize those that go above and beyond the duties ascribed to being a TA. Anyone who is listed as the Teaching Assistant for a course is eligible for this award, whether an undergraduate or graduate.Nominations for the Student Council Superlative Teaching Assistant Award will be accepted here.

 

We ask that you submit your nominations by the evening of Friday, September 4th, 2015.

Letters of nomination can be typed into a text box or uploaded as a Microsoft Word document or PDF in the links provided. There is no page or word limit for nominations, but please be mindful of length; a maximum of one page is preferable. Please do not nominate more than once per award. As noted, there are no specific criteria for each award. While a large number of office hours, for example, is an indicator of a dedicated teacher, it is not the only defining characteristic of a great teacher.

We strongly encourage you to nominate someone. It has been a great honor of Student Council to recognize the teaching staff over the years. We hope you will help us continue this tradition.

Many Thanks,

The Academic Affairs Committee

Please feel free to direct any and all questions or comments to Klaus Dollhopf (nmd3ey) or the co-chairs of the Academic Affairs Committee, Harlin Oh (ho4fe) and Shelbey Keegan (sak5ee).

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