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Faculty Awards

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.

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 for assistance in providing supplementary materials. Nominees are considered by the ThinkAchieve Awards Committee.


Selection  Criteria

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)


Nomination Process


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 by March 15th