Teaching Awards

Outstanding Early Career Teacher: Instructors and assistant professors with less than six years of college teaching experience in a faculty role (combined at MU or elsewhere).

Outstanding Mid-Career Teacher: Instructors, associate professors and full professors with six to 12 years of college teaching experience in a faculty role (combined at MU or elsewhere).

Outstanding Senior Teacher: Associate and full professors with more than 12 years of college teaching experience in a faculty role (combined at MU or elsewhere).

Awards are based on three criteria:

  1. Classroom/Laboratory Teaching
    Recipients must demonstrate clarity of presentations and assignments, variability of instructional materials and teaching methodology, enthusiasm for their subject matter and for teaching, and a teaching style that provides a variety of opportunities for students to learn. The subject matter must also be viewed by students as relevant, meaningful and well organized, and taught in a manner that demonstrates how to apply the course content.
  2. Teaching Outside the Classroom
    Recipients must demonstrate excellence in advising and mentoring as well as show evidence of ensuring student success outside the classroom.
  3. Other Teaching-Related Activities
    Recipients must contribute to the scholarship of teaching (e.g., through teaching publications and/or presentations), be a continual scholar of the teaching and learning process and learning environment, and participate in teaching improvement workshops, seminars or conferences.

Nominations & Submissions

Annual Deadline: March 1

Submit nominations in a single PDF attachment via email to Lena Johnson at JohnsonLM@missouri.edu. Name the file as: Year_Teaching_LastFirstName (e.g., 2022_Teaching_TigerTruman). In the email subject line indicate Early Career Teacher Nomination, Mid-Career Teacher Nomination or Senior Teacher Nomination.

  • Individuals who previously received the award or a distinguished campus award (e.g., Kemper Fellow) are not eligible.
  • Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.
  • Use 12 pt. font, 1” margins, and single space within paragraphs.

Nomination packets must include:

  1. Nomination/Cover Letter (limited to one page).
  2. Supporting letters (limited to three) from students (current and former) and/or colleagues (each letter is limited to one page).
  3. Nominees’ personal philosophy of teaching statement, explicitly outlining instructional goals, instructional strategies, and methods of bringing current research into the instructional process (limited to two pages).
  4. List of courses taught and the number of students in each, as well as other instructional and advising activities during the preceding three years.
  5. Data from two or more sources that evaluate instructional activity. For example, student evaluations of teaching, peer observations of teaching, results of assessment of student learning, or other relevant methods of evaluation. Do not include copies of individual student or course forms/sheets. If including student evaluations of teaching, please summarize the most recent three to five years in a table, similar to the “Course Evaluation Table” provided on the Office of the Provost website under promotion and tenure forms and documents.

Please contact CAFNR’s Office of Academic Programs at 573-882-8301 with any questions.

2024
Outstanding Senior Teaching Award: Sam Lord & Craig Schenck
Outstanding Mid-Career Teaching Award: Allison Meyer
Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award: Mauro Palmero
2023
Outstanding Senior Teaching Award: Deborah Finke
Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award: Eric Aldrich
2022
Outstanding Early Career Teacher: Addison Byrne
2021
Outstanding Early Career Teacher: Robin Rotman
2020
Outstanding Senior Teacher: Michael Sykuta
Outstanding Early Career Teacher: Rebecca North
2019
Outstanding Senior Teacher: Mary Hendrickson
Outstanding Early Career Teacher: Lesleighan Cravens
2018
Harvey James
Ben Knapp
2017
Sharon Wood-Turley
Harley Naumann
2016
Bruce Barrett
Gavin Conant
2015
Anne McKendry
John Tummons
2014
Christopher Lee
Melissa Mitchum
2013
Trista Strauch
Anna Ball
2012
Marci Jennings Crosby
Jan Dauve
2011
Wyatt Thompson
Matt Lucy
2010
Carla Barbieri
Donald Spiers
2009
Bruce Cutter
2008
Patrick Market
Brad Fresenburg
2007
Keith W. Goyne
Sharyn Freyermuth
2006
Anthony Lupo
Shu T. Cole
2005
Robert Terry
Mark Haidekker
2004
Peter Motavalli
Jeanne D. Mihail
2003
Michael Cook
Mary Grigsbe
2002
Reid Smeda
Steve Pallardy
2001
James Dyer
Mary Ann Gowdy
2000
Sandy Rikoon
Daniel Ess
1999
Jim Spain
Bruce Bullock
1998
Rex Campbell
Jan Dauve
1997
Bryan Garton
William Lamberson
1996
Duane Keisler
David Lehman
1995
Grant Darkow
Judy Wall
1994
David Lehman
Wayne Loch
Virginia Peterson
1993
Randy Miles
Mike Smith
Rob Myers
1992
Jeffre Firman
Joel Hartman
Mark Ryan
1991
Steve Matthews
Mike Monson
Warren Zahler
1990
George Jesse
Virginia Peterson
Keith Roys