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ThinkAchieve:  Beyond the Classroom

Faculty Awards

The ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom Faculty Award program provides recognition and monetary awards for faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary teaching and learning practices through participation in ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom.  The goals of ThinkAchieve:  Beyond the Classroom are for UTC students, over the course of their university experience, to increase their overall critical thinking skills through experiential learning, 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. Awards to faculty are made annually at $1,000 each.

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 Experiential Learning goals as outlined above. The awards committee will  seek evidence that nominees:

  • Actively and regularly participate in ThinkAchieve activities (faculty development, new student orientation, HIP grants, Beyond the Classroom designated courses, CAT grading, etc.);
  • Excel at teaching and value learning. This may be demonstrated through activities that advance best practices in teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond with a focus on experiential learning

Nomination Process

UTC faculty members, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate candidates. Nominators  should submit the ThinkAchieve Awards Cover Sheet  and a nomination letter.  Nomination letters  should introduce the candidate and provide information that supports the  selection criteria outlined above. 

Nominators are strongly encouraged to submit additional supporting materials such as letters of support (up to two) and course materials (examples of coursework, syllabi, etc.) that highlight how the faculty member incorporates activities that engage students in critical thinking and experiential learning. Students submitting nominations may contact for assistance in providing supplementary materials.  The cover sheet, letter, and supporting materials should be sent electronically to by March 9, 2018.