Center for Teaching Excellence

Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Service

 

 

 

 

The Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching

AY 19 Nomination Guidance

Purpose

This award has been established to recognize, encourage, and reward faculty members at the Academy by supporting teaching projects that improve cadet learning. Donated by The Honorable Mahlon Apgar, IV, former Assistant Secretary of the Army, this cash award (usually between $300-$500, but it can be as high as $1,000) is presented along with the “Apgar medallion” which serves as a memento of the recipient’s accomplishment. In addition, the recipient's name is placed on the Apgar award plaque (pictured) located in the Center for Faculty Excellence. Recipients' names and the titles of their projects are listed below.

Eligibility

Military and civilian faculty members who have taught at the Academy for one year or more are eligible for this Award. Preference will be given to junior faculty members whose projects show promise for affecting the largest number of learners and who have demonstrated promise as outstanding teachers, both in their impact on students in and outside the classroom and in their contributions to the art and methods of teaching.

Selection Criteria

Three criteria of special relevance to the Award’s purpose, the Academy’s educational needs, and the donor’s interests will be used in evaluating candidates’ proposed projects:

  • the faculty member’s contribution and commitment to developing and/or applying innovative concepts and methods of teaching that expand the cadets' horizons and their potential contributions as leaders and Army officers; (Note that although awards can be made for projects in development that show excellent promise, preference will be given to those projects that have been implemented and can demonstrate impact on cadet learning).
  • the faculty member’s commitment to new teaching pedagogy and skill development among teaching peers;
  • the project’s effectiveness in contributing to leader development — with special emphasis on developing integrity, responsibility, and creativity. (Note that the project may emphasize one or more of the criteria but need not address all three to be viable.)

Selection Procedure

The Superintendent will select each Award recipient, based on a nomination from the Dean of the Academic Board. The CFE Advisory Committee (representing all academic departments, DMI, and DPE) will make recommendations to the Dean based on submissions received by the Committee in accordance with the announced submission date.

Submission date for this academic year’s award is 1600 hours, Friday, 29 March 2019. Decision requires confirmation by the Superintendent, is expected to be announced at the 13 May, 2019 Academic Luncheon, and the award will be conferred at the Fall Academic Convocation.

Format

Please submit nominations for the award to the CFE according to the following format in four single-spaced pages, exclusive of endorsement(s):

  • Name of nominee
  • Academic rank
  • Department
  • Description of the Project (Description should indicate how project fulfills selection criteria and emphasize impact on learning — either assessed through implementation or assumed from a citation of the literature on teaching and learning).
  • Needs (The monetary award is intended to support the project. Needs can be materials for additional development — e.g., purchase of software or other media; supplies or equipment — or travel for presentation of the project to suitable audiences; a formal conference acceptance is not needed, simply the intention to pursue presentation).
  • Endorsement of Department Head (This is intended to certify the value of the proposed project in relation to the department's mission and discipline. If there is another individual who can better speak to the project’s value and impact, then that individual may submit an endorsement instead of the Dept. Head – this decision should be evaluated between the submitter and the respective Dept. Head. Only one letter of endorsement per submission.)

Electronic Submissions Required

The four-page project submission plus the endorsement letter should be scanned and emailed to Dr. Mark Evans, CFE Director, by the due date for ease of submission to the review panel. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Individual departments are NOT limited to one nomination annually. All projects that conform to the Apgar selection criteria may be nominated. Questions about this award and/or the selection process may be addressed to any member of the CFE Advisory Committee or directly to Mark Evans or Stephen Finn at the CFE.

Selection Process:  The Selection Committee for the Apgar Award will review all nominations and then will meet for discussion to arrive at consensus for a recommendation to the Dean and the Superintendent. Click here for Dean's Policy and Operating Memorandum 05-06 (DPOM-05-06) detailing the award process and criteria.

Apgar Award in Teaching Excellence Guidance

Apgar Award Recipient

2018 - "Harnessing the Untapped Potential of an Online Digital Textbook" - MAJ Bond, MAJ Britt, MAJ Eljdid, MAJ Eslinger, and Dr Cornwell  – Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

2017 - “Military Curriculum Digital Textbook Program” - MAJ John Spencer, CPT Jake Miraldi, and SFC William Rothrock, Department of Military Instruction

2016 - "Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems." - LTC Christopher Korpela, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and LTC Mike Saxon, Department of English and Philosophy

The Adam Award

Purpose

This award recognizes, encourages, and rewards faculty members at the Academy by supporting teaching projects that improve cadet learning. Made possible by the George F. Adam Endowment (donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Adam, Class of ’68) in support of the Center for Faculty Excellence at West Point, Adam Talent Fund Awards support faculty innovation in teaching by assisting faculty in the acquisition of resources and teaching technology, the major focus being to promote the use of technology for instruction. Thus, we not only provide support for faculty members who are engaged in developing projects, we also fund conference presentations that enhance the USMA’s reputation.


Eligibility

Military and civilian faculty members who have taught at the Academy for one year or more are eligible for this Award. Preference will be given to faculty members whose projects focus on or are greatly enhanced by the use of technology for instruction.

Adams Award Recipients

2018 - MAJ Sang Yim, MAJ Eric Sturzinger, Dr. Kevin R. Grazier, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - "YouTube Videos as Lecture Preparation for Students."

2017 - Dr. Lisa Bromberg and MAJ Michael Seminelli, Department of Mathematics - "Effectiveness of Web-based Quizzes in Mathematics Courses" and MAJ Jared Ware, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering - "Evaluating Learning Effectiveness Using Generalization Techniques: Online, Traditional, or Hybrid Lectures."

2016 - MAJ Mark Haseman, Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering  “Collaborative Completion of Homework Solutions Using Virtual White Board Technology.”

2015 - COL James Ness, Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership  "Technology in Education: Meeting the Future Literacy & Numeracy needs of Society."

The Dean's Annual Awards for Teaching Excellence

Purpose

The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching by any West Point faculty member with five years or less of teaching experience.  Recipients receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation. 

Teaching Award Nomination Guidance AY19

The Dean’s Award for Career Teaching Excellence recognizes careers of outstanding contributions to teaching by West Point faculty members. Recipients receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.

Career Teaching Award Nomination Guidance AY19

Eligibility

Military and civilian faculty members who have five years or less of teaching experience at the college level, whether at West Point or at another institution of higher learning are eligible for The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Military and civilian faculty members who have six years or more of teaching experience at the college level, whether at West Point or at another institution of higher learning are eligible for the The Dean’s Award for Career Teaching Excellence.

Dean’s Annual Award for Teaching Excellence Recipients

2018 - MAJ Scott Parsons, (Department of English and Philosophy)

2017 - MAJ Steven Ferenzi, (Department of Military Instruction)

2016 - MAJ Brodie Hoyer, (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

2015 - MAJ Scott Katalenich, (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Dean’s Annual Award for Career Teaching Excellence Recipients

2018 - Dr. Martha Gallagher, (Department of Foreign Languages)

2017 - Dr. David Chris Arney, (Department of Mathematics)

2016 - Dr. Robert Tully, (Department of English and Philosophy)

2015 - Dr. Ruth Beitler, (Department of Social Sciences)

Dean’s Annual Awards for Scholarship Excellence

Purpose

The Dean's Scholarship Award recognizes outstanding contributions to scholarship by any West Point faculty member at the academic rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor.  The finalists and recipients will receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.
  Deans Scholarship Award Nomination Guidance AY19

Eligibility

All USMA faculty at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor.

Scholarship 

Faculty scholarship is determined by whether a faculty member has:

  • Made an impact on their discipline, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense or other appropriate stakeholders.
  • Integrated their scholarly work into educating and inspiring cadets by advising undergraduate research projects or involving cadets in their scholarship.
  • Through scholarly activities, improved classroom learning experience(s), course(s), program/major, and/or the institution.

Purpose

The Dean's Distinguished Scholarship Award recognizes distinguished contributions to scholarship by any West Point faculty member at the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor.  The finalists and recipients will receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.

Distinguished Scholarship Award Nomination Guidance AY19

Eligibility 

All USMA faculty at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. 

Distiguished scholarship is determined by whether a faculty member has:

  • Made a significant impact on their discipline, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense or other appropriate stakeholders. 
  • Had a sustained positive impact on educating and inspiring cadets either directly or indirectly through their research. 
  • Integrated other faculty members in their scholarship. 
  • Positively impacted West Point in manner such as research infrastructure, national recognition, academic program improvement, or other lasting impacts.
Dean’s Annual Award for Scholarship Excellence Recipients

2018 - MAJ Karoline M. Hood, (Department of Mathematics)

2017 - Dr. Gregory Freisinger (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

2016 - MAJ Patrick Sullivan, (Department of Mathematics)

Dean’s Annual Award for Distinguished Scholarship Excellence Recipients

2018 - COL Michael J. Benson, (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Dean’s Annual Awards for Service Excellence

Purpose  

The Dean's Service and Cadet Development Award recognizes outstanding contributions to service by any West Point faculty member with five years or less of teaching experience.  Recipients receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.
  Service and Cadet Development Award Nomination Guidance AY19

Eligibility

All USMA faculty who have five years or less of teaching experience at the college level, whether at West Point or at another institution of higher learning.

Purpose

The Dean’s Career Service and Faculty Development Award recognizes careers of outstanding contributions to service and faculty development by any West Point faculty member.  Recipients receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.

Career Service and Faculty Development Award Nomination Guidance AY19

Eligibility

All USMA faculty who have six years or more of teaching experience at the college level, whether at West Point or at another institution of higher learning.

Service

DPOM 5-3 (Dean’s Policy and Operating Memorandum Procedures for Awarding Academic Titles) and the USMA Faculty Manual provide a definition for service as it applies to USMA faculty: “Service is participation in the governance of the academic departments and the Academy, professional outreach activities, and activities of the professional societies and organizations of the discipline.”  “[A]ll faculty members are expected to contribute to cadet development and service.  Service can be broadly interpreted to include community, Army, and the nation.”

Dean’s Annual Award for Service and Cadet Development Recipients

2018 - MAJ Yoon G. Dunham, (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership)

2017 - COL Brad Wambeke, (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering); COL Daniel McCarthy, (Department of Systems Engineering)

2016 - MAJ John Belanger, (Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences)

Dean’s Annual Award for Career Service and Faculty Development Recipients

2018 - COL Liam S. Collins, (Department of Military Instruction)