Transformative Teaching Award

Plymouth State University invites nominations and self-nominations for the inaugural Transformative Teaching Award. This award recognizes an individual who enacts positive change through their teaching practice–who consistently challenges, reflects on, and works to improve their pedagogy, while prioritizing student agency and equity. We invite one-page nomination letters that explain how the nominee exemplifies transformative teaching through the following practices:

  • taking pedagogical risks to improve student engagement and learning
  • working to break down barriers in the classroom and make learning more accessible
  • regularly questioning, reflecting on, and revising their teaching practice to increase student agency and equity
  • effectively facilitating students’ practice of Habits of Mind: Purposeful Communication, Integrated Perspective, Problem Solving, and Self-Regulated Learning
  • rigorously engaging in pedagogical development activities
  • treating students as collaborators, change agents, and contributors to knowledge
  • practicing cluster pedagogy and facilitating cluster learning experiences (see below)

Self-nominations are accepted. The award is open to anyone who teaches at Plymouth State University, including teaching lecturers, tenured and tenure-track faculty, teaching lecturers, clinical and research faculty.

Nominations must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2020 using this link:

NOTE: Cluster pedagogy involves one or more of the following approaches to teaching and learning:

  • interdisciplinary teaching and learning that draws on and integrates multiple perspectives and/or disciplinary methods,
  • project-based learning, where students learn content through sustained inquiry and gradual development of an outward-facing project. These projects involve reflection and critique, student voice and choice, and an audience beyond the classroom.
  • open education, which focuses on increasing students’ access to knowledge, eliminating barriers to learning, and empowering students to become contributors to (not just consumers of) the knowledge commons

Click here and scroll down for more information about cluster pedagogy.