The Valparaiso University Excellence in Teaching Award, administered by the Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching (CELT) and funded by the Provost’s office, recognizes a number of outstanding undergraduate faculty and units each year for their commitment to and effectiveness in teaching. The award recognizes general teaching excellence, with particular excellence in one of three areas:
Each year up to three awards will be given, either to individual faculty members or to academic units. Each award-winner receives an award of $1,500 plus $1,500 to spend on a pedagogical project intended to promote excellence in teaching on the Valparaiso University campus. In the case of academic unit winners, the award will be divided at the discretion of the unit.
The award is announced at a reception on Reading Day in May and presented at the December commencement ceremony of the following academic year.
All full-time faculty with at least three years of full-time service to the University may be nominated for the award. Any academic unit may be nominated for the award. This award is not to be confused with the Valparaiso University Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award. Previous award winners are not disqualified from nomination or winning again.