The Valparaiso University Excellence in Teaching Award, administered by the Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching (CELT) and funded by the Office of the Provost, recognizes outstanding undergraduate faculty and academic units for their commitment to and effectiveness in teaching. The award recognizes general teaching excellence, with particular excellence in one of three areas:20150501-jlh-campus-spring-scenes-017

  • Course Development
  • Pedagogy
  • Mentoring/Advising

Each year, up to three awards will be given, either to individual faculty members or to academic units (NOTE: only one recipient will be selected in 2021 due to budget constraints). Each award winner receives a monetary award of $3,000. In the case of academic unit winners, the award will be given to the academic unit to use at their discretion.

The award winner(s) are 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.