Guidelines for Selection of the Top 15% Teaching Awards: 2013

The Top 15% Teaching Awards are to be given out once a year based on faculty performance during the previous academic year. For this award, the academic year is defined as consisting of the Fall semester, the Winter semester, the Spring semester and Summer semester sessions I and II, in that order. Thus, the awards presented in the 2013-2014 academic year are be based on ratings for Fall 2012; Winter 2013; Spring 2013; Summer I, 2013; and Summer II, 2013.

There are three categories of awards.

  • Category 1 awards go to the Top 15% of full-time faculty (primarily tenure-track and Tyser Teaching Fellows).
  • Category 2 awards go to the Top 15% of lecturers, adjunct faculty and Ph.D. students.
  • Category 3 awards are made to the top 15% of faculty teaching in the MBA core.
  • Category 4 awards are made to the top 15% of faculty teaching in the undergraduate core.

To be eligible for a Category 1 award, a faculty member must teach at least two qualified courses during the academic year. A qualified course/section is defined as having at least 10 students responding to the teaching evaluation survey and not having a 4.0 grade distribution in the course. Each faculty member’s score will be averaged across all qualified courses/sections taught in the academic year under consideration. The total number of Category 1 awards are determined by taking 15% of the total number of Category 1 eligible faculty members. Faculty members who are in the top 15% of averaged scores will be recognized with a Category 1 Top 15% award. The 2013 threshold score for a Category 1 award will be provided along with the award winners.

To be eligible for a Category 2 award, the instructor must teach at least one qualified course/section. A qualified course/section is defined as having at least 10 students responding to the teaching evaluation survey and not having a 4.0 grade distribution in the course. Each instructor’s score will be averaged across all qualified courses/sections taught in the academic year under consideration. The rounding up rule for the number of 15% Category 2 awards will be based on the total number of individual instructors who teach a qualified course/section. Instructors who are in the top 15% of the single class scores will be recognized with a Category 2 Top 15% award. The 2013 threshold score for a Category 2 award will be provided along with the award winners.

The Category 3 awards will recognize faculty members or instructors (adjunct professor or Ph.D. student) who received the highest average ratings based on all qualified courses/sections of MBA core classes (BUSI610, 611, 630, 634, 640, 650, 662, 681, 683, 690) he or she taught during the academic year. To be eligible for this award, a faculty member or instructor must have taught at least two qualified core courses/sections (or at least one qualified section of two or more core courses). A qualified course/section is defined as having at least 10 students responding to the teaching evaluation survey and not having a 4.0 grade distribution in the course.  Thus, a faculty member or instructor who teaches core classes can receive the Category 3 award, as well as a Category 1 or Category 2 award. The 2013 threshold for a Category 3 award will be provided along with the award winners.

The Category 4 awards will recognize faculty members or instructors (adjunct professor or Ph.D. student) who received the highest average ratings based on all qualified courses/sections of undergraduate core classes (BMGT110, 220, 221, 230, 301, 340, 350, 364, 367, 380, 495) he or she taught during the academic year. To be eligible for this award, a faculty member or instructor must have taught at least two qualified core courses/sections (or at least one qualified section of two or more core courses). A qualified course/section is defined as having at least 10 students responding to the teaching evaluation survey and not having a 4.0 grade distribution in the course.  Thus, a faculty member or instructor who teaches core classes can receive the Category 4 award, as well as a Category 1 or Category 2 award. The 2013 threshold for a Category 4 award will be provided along with the award winners.