Distinguished Teaching Awards

Each year, the University of Oregon recognizes a select group of faculty for excellence in teaching. The Thomas F. Herman Award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated long-standing excellence in teaching at the university. The Ersted Award recognizes excellence in teaching by faculty members early in their teaching careers. The Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy rewards senior faculty for achievement in a particular area of teaching, and in 2016 we are pleased to announce a similar Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy as well. It acknowledges outstanding teaching by faculty members early in their careers. 

Nominations come from faculty, students, and staff. The recipients are chosen by the Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee. The Committee is responsible for “the screening, investigation, and recommendation of candidates to receive campus-wide teaching awards.” The senior vice provost for academic affairs is the convener of the committee, and Academic Affairs administers the process. 

The awards are supported by endowment funds. Both the Ersted Award and the Herman Award for Faculty Achievement include institutional recognition for teaching excellence and a permanent salary stipend. During the first year, faculty recipients receive $4,000, with annual stipends of $2,000 beginning in the second year. The Herman and Ersted Awards for Specialized Pedagogy carry a one-time stipend of $4,000. Typically, three faculty members receive either an Ersted Award or a Herman Faculty Achievement Award. The Herman Award for Pedagogy and the corresponding Ersted Award for Pedagogy are each available for at least two faculty members each year. 

Names of nominees and the eventual award winners are kept confidential until announced by the University President in mid-May. Recipients are recognized at University Convocation in the fall. 

2015-2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient profiles

Past recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards

About the Awards

Ersted Award 

The late Mr. A.J. Ersted established the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching so the University of Oregon could annually honor faculty members who have taught comparatively short periods and have demonstrated early career excellence. The Ersted Award is presented only to faculty who are early in their teaching careers, and who have taught at the University of Oregon for at least two years. This teaching may occur at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Herman Faculty Achievement Award 

The Thomas F. Herman Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching honors senior faculty members who have achieved outstanding records as teachers. The Herman Award is presented only to faculty members who have held academic rank at the University of Oregon for at least seven years, have demonstrated long-standing excellence in teaching, and have contributed significantly to student learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Herman and Ersted Awards for Specialized Pedagogy 

The Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy recognizes senior faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and expertise in a particular area of teaching. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • specialized instructional environments (e.g., large-classes; advanced, small-seminar teaching; studios; or labs). 
  • pedagogical advancements (such as technologically-innovative instruction or curriculum design). 
  • enrichment of the student learning experience (e.g., extensive mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students, engaging undergraduates in research, creating avenues for equity and inclusion, or developing skills in public presentation).

The Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy recognizes faculty members early in their careers who have demonstrated exceptional abilities to induce students to reason and who have expertise in a particular area of teaching. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • specialized instructional environments (e.g., large-classes; advanced, small-seminar teaching; studios; or labs). 
  • pedagogical advancements (such as technologically-innovative instruction or curriculum design). 
  • enrichment of the student learning experience (e.g., extensive mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students, engaging undergraduates in research, creating avenues for equity and inclusion, or developing skills in public presentation).

Nominations 

Nominations for the Faculty Distinguished Teaching Awards are now closed.

Eligibility

Any current faculty member, tenure-related or NTTF, appointed at .50 FTE or greater, who has taught at the University of Oregon for at least two years is eligible for an award. The Herman Faculty Achievement Award and the Herman Awards for Excellence in Pedagogy are open to faculty who have held academic rank at the University of Oregon for at least seven years. Faculty who have previously received an Ersted or Herman Award are not eligible for the same award. For a list of previous award winners, see Previous Recipients, and Recipient Profiles. Graduate Teaching Fellows have their own teaching awards and are not eligible for either of the Ersted Awards or the Herman Awards.

 For questions, please email Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@uoregon.edu.