Nominations Open for Outstanding Alumni, Teaching Awards

December 29, 2014

Alumni, current students, faculty and friends are invited to nominate alumni and faculty of the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration who consistently live out the school’s goal of “doing good and doing it well” for this year's Outstanding Alumni and Outstanding Teaching awards. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 16, 2015.

The winners will be recognized during the school's annual Awards Networking Reception on Friday, February 27, 2015 from 6-8pm in the City View Room at the George Washington University.

Alumni Awards
Please nominate worthy Trachtenberg School alumni to be honored at this year’s reception with one of two alumni awards:

  • Recent Alumni Achievement Award – This award honors graduates (within the past 10 years) who are at the early stages of their career and have already distinguished themselves while demonstrating promise of even greater achievements.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – This award honors graduates (more than 10 years post graduation) who have made a lasting influence on society though outstanding professional, voluntary or philanthropic accomplishments.

The purpose of both awards is to recognize outstanding alumni for their individual achievements in the areas of public policy and public administration, and their leadership in serving the public interest and enhancing the quality of democratic governance. Candidates must have an MPA, MPP or PhD degree (or their predecessor degrees) from the George Washington University.

Accomplishments in the following areas will be considered:

  • Integrity and Character – Candidates must demonstrate the highest standard of personal integrity and character.
  • Professional Attainment and Achievement – Candidates should have attained prominence in their career or profession. Work should have a demonstrated and wide-ranging influence.
  • Public Service/Outstanding Service to Field or Profession – Candidates should have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, teaching, and service in the fields of public policy and/or public administration or active and reflective engagement in local, national, and global governance.
  • Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration Commitment – Candidates should have demonstrated a commitment to TSPPPA.

Nominate someone today.

Outstanding Teaching Awards
Alumni and current students are invited to submit nominations for outstanding teaching awards. Awards will be made in three categories:

  • Full-time faculty members
  • Part-time faculty members
  • Teaching assistants

Final selection will be made by a panel of 5 current students (2 MPA, 2 MPP and 1 PhD) for the faculty winners; faculty will determine the Teaching Assistant winners. Faculty nominees must have taught at GW for at least two academic years.

Recognition for the faculty awards will be based on demonstrated excellence in at least three of the following criteria:

  • Use of pedagogically sound teaching practice.
  • Setting of high academic standards, and expectations for student achievement as evidenced by the assignment of challenging, relevant homework and rigorous examinations.
  • Use of teaching techniques, tools, or resources worthy of attention by other faculty.
  • A high level of involvement and intellectual excitement by students as measured by student testimony and feedback.
  • Strong commitment to student learning as evidenced by adapting instruction to student strengths, needs, and differences, and by regular availability to students outside the classroom (e.g., office hours, and email, phone, and Skype-like connections) or by frequent, organized online discussion.
  • Use of assessment evidence to guide instructional improvement.
  • Engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, or other activities that help colleagues improve their own teaching.

Recognition for the Teaching Assistant award will be based on the following criteria:

  • A high level of involvement and intellectual excitement by students as measured by student testimony and feedback.
  • Strong commitment to student learning as evidenced by adapting instruction to student strengths, needs, and differences, and by regular availability to students outside the classroom (e.g., office hours, and email, phone, and Skype-like connections) or by frequent, organized online discussion.

Please email your outstanding teaching nominations which address these criteria to [email protected].

Questions: Email [email protected] or call 202-994-6295