Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants & Associates


To encourage and recognize excellence in teaching by graduate teaching assistants and graduate teaching associates.

Award Details

  1. Two awards may be given out each year: one at the teaching assistant level and another at the teaching associate level.
  2. The awards consist of a plaque and a monetary honorarium of $250.00 a piece.


  1. Students must be currently enrolled graduate teaching assistants or teaching associates or have taught once during the past three semesters to be eligible.
  2. Moreover, graduate teaching associates must have been listed as the instructor of record.
  3. Students may only receive each award once during their academic tenure at ETSU.


  1. The student is nominated by an ETSU graduate faculty member using the nomination form.
  2. Although individual departments may wish to develop their own nomination procedures, all nominations for the award must be routed through and approved by the departmental chair.
  3. Each department may nominate only one teaching assistant and one teaching associate.

Application Packet

  1. A letter of nomination from the Graduate Coordinator that includes a description of teaching responsibilities is required, and it must be cosigned by the Department Chair.
  2. Table Listing all classes taught at ETSU including dates
  3. All nominees are required to submit a teaching portfolio that includes the following information:
    • A teaching statement written by the student.
    • Evaluative feedback (i.e., SAI summaries, faculty and student evaluations, etc.)
    • Up to 5 additional letters of support (ex. undergraduate students, fellow graduate students, faculty supervisors, staff members, etc.)
    • Graduate Teaching Associates who are instructors of record are also required to submit the following instructional materials:
      1. Syllabus
      2. Sample Exams
      3. D2L site access
    • Graduate Teaching Assistants may also include samples of exams and/or quizzes that hey have written, if that is part of the job requirement.
  4. The application packet must be sent to Dr. Brian Maxson, Assistant Dean School of Graduate Studies by email at or to the following address:

    School of Graduate Studies
    Attention: Dr. Brian Maxson, Assistant Dean
    PO Box 70720
    Johnson City, TN 37614

Application Deadline

  1. The application deadline is March 1st each year
  2. Decisions should be reached by the first week of April
  3. A committee of one Graduate dean, two Graduate Council members, and two regular, full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members with graduate status will evaluate the applications
  4. Grant recipients will be notified through a letter from the School of Graduate Studies. Notification will occur by the beginning of April. Copies of the letter will be sent to their advisory committee chair and their departmental chair. An award ceremony will be held later in April to recognize award recipients.
List of Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients
2014-2015 2007-2008
2013-2014 2008-2009
2012-2013 2009-2010
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