ThinkAchieve: Connection the Classroom and the Community
The ThinkAchieve Faculty Award program provides recognition and monetary awards for faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary teaching that meets the goal of ThinkAchieve. The goal of ThinkAchieve is for UTC students, over the course of their university experience, to increase their overall critical thinking skills, as exhibited by the ability to identify, evaluate, and interpret information; solve problems, develop innovative solutions through creative thinking; and communicate ideas and information effectively.
This awards program is designed to reward faculty for their work in adopting UTC's
QEP mission to improve student critical thinking skills by developing and implementing
active learning activities. Awards to faculty are made annually at $1,000 each, and
awardees are also recognized at Faculty Awards Day.
UTC faculty members, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate candidates. Nominators should submit the cover sheet and a nominator letter; it is strongly encouraged to include up to two letters of support and supplementary materials (examples of coursework, syllabi, etc.). Supplementary materials should demonstrate how the faculty member incorporates activities that engage students in critical thinking.
Students submitting nominations may contact Dawn-Ford@utc.edu for assistance in providing supplementary materials. Nominees are considered by the ThinkAchieve Awards Committee.
Any part-time or full-time faculty member who has been teaching at UTC for at least 2 years may be nominated. The selection committee will look for evidence of a strong teaching record and a commitment to UTC's QEP to improve student critical thinking skills. The awards committee will seek evidence that nominees:
- Participate in ThinkAchieve activities (faculty development, grants, Beyond the Classroom designated courses, etc.);
- Excel at teaching and value learning. This may be demonstrated through activities that advance the quality and practice of teaching and learning in the individual classroom, in the department, across the curriculum or discipline, or college- and institution-wide;
- Use effective teaching strategies in the classroom to enhance student learning of critical thinking skills (for example, active learning, experiential learning, learning communities, student portfolios, creative assessment, innovative use of technology)
UTC faculty, staff, and students may nominate candidates for this award through the completion of the ThinkAchieve Awards Cover Sheet and submission of a nomination letter. Nomination letters should introduce the candidate and provide information that supports the selection criteria outlined above.
Nominators are strongly suggested to submit additional materials such as letters of support (up to two) and course materials that demonstrate the implementation of activities that promote critical thinking. The cover sheet, letter, and supporting materials should be sent electronically to Dawn-Ford@utc.edu by December 13th.
The timeline of the program for 2013-2014 is as follows:
- Nomination call – by November 15th
- Deadline – December 13th
- Selection announced – February 7th