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Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award

The Graduate School will award up to five Graduate Teaching Assistants with the Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual banquet.  Two unranked nominations are welcome from each college.  Each college may decide how it wants to choose its nominees.  Nominations must be submitted by the college assistant/associate dean or other appropriate person electronically and using the application format attached to Associate Dean Thomas Atkinson ( by Thursday, March 21.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Atkinson at 765-494-2602.

Eligibility requirements for a Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award are the following:

  • Applicants must be registered as full-time graduate students (enrolled for eight credits or more) during the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Applicants must have served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for at least two sessions during their Purdue graduate program.
  • Previous recipients of the Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award are not eligible.  (See attachment for a list of past recipients.)

The award, which is considered the highest honor given to teaching assistants at Purdue, includes a $500 prize and recognition during the annual honors banquet held on the evening of Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Award Application                             

Past Recipients

Note that the 2019 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award program is being conducted independently from other Teaching Academy awards and the Center for Instructional Excellence.  It is not a requirement, as in the past years, that eligibility is limited to graduate students who have received the Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award.



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