Distinguished Teaching Awards

Each year, the University of Oregon recognizes a select group of faculty for excellence in teaching. Nominations come from faculty, students, and staff, with the names of the nominees and the award winners kept confidential until announced in mid-May.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards committee will award one Herman Award for Faculty Achievement and one Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching each year. Three additional faculty will be recognized for Specialized Pedagogy, and one Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education will be awarded. For a list of previous award winners, see previous recipients, and recipient profiles.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards committee is responsible for the screening, investigation, and final recommendation of candidates to receive the campus-wide teaching awards. The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs convenes the committee and administers the process.

The Teaching Engagement Program and UO Teaching Academy remind us that exceptional teaching is inclusive, engaged, and research-led. The online nomination survey prompts nominators to share how candidates for these prestigious awards demonstrate these tenets in their teaching.


Ersted Awards

Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching

The late Mr. A.J. Ersted established the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching so that the University of Oregon could annually honor faculty members who have demonstrated early career excellence. The Ersted Award is presented only to faculty who have taught at the University of Oregon for more than two but less than seven years. This teaching may occur at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

The Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching includes 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.

Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy

The Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy recognizes faculty members early in their careers who have demonstrated exceptional teaching abilities 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 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 carries a one-time award of $5,000.


Herman Awards

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. 

The Herman Award includes 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. 

Herman Award 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 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 Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy carries a one-time stipend of $5,000.

Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education

New as of 2017, the Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education recognizes faculty members at any stage of their career who have demonstrated innovation and creativity in implementing excellent learning experiences using the online or hybrid format. Examples include, but are not limited to, faculty who have:

  • developed and implemented a new online or hybrid course using the tenets of outstanding online teaching
  • converted and implemented a regularly offered, traditionally formatted course into an outstanding hybrid or online learning course
  • demonstrated outstanding achievement in the delivery of online or hybrid courses.

The Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education carries a one-time stipend of $5,000.

Nominations 

Nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Awards are now closed. Award notification will occur in mid-May.

Eligibility

Any current, tenure-related or career instructional faculty member, appointed at .5 FTE or greater, is eligible for an award. The Herman Faculty Achievement Award and the Herman Awards for Specialized Pedagogy are open to faculty who have held academic rank at the University of Oregon for at least seven years. The Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education is open to faculty at any stage of their career. The Ersted awards are open to faculty who have held academic rank at the University of Oregon for more than two but less than seven years. Faculty who have previously received an Ersted or Herman Award are not eligible for the same award.

Graduate Teaching Fellows have their own teaching awards and are not eligible for faculty Distinguished Teaching Awards.

 For questions, please email the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@uoregon.edu.