Stephen Russell Family Teaching Awards

The Russell Family Teaching Award (formerly the Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award) is intended for professorial faculty, lecturers, senior lecturers and teaching assistants who have demonstrated their devotion to teaching, where teaching is understood to include classroom presence, preparation and administration, student counseling (including general advising of students formally assigned, but not necessarily enrolled in the recipients’ course), development of new courses and new methods of student instruction. Teaching of graduate students shall be recognized, but preference shall be given to teaching of undergraduates. Previous winners of Russell or Clark awards are not eligible.


Eligible Titles:

Professorial faculty, senior lecturers, lecturers, and graduate teaching assistants


Recipients shall be persons who have demonstrated their devotion to teaching, including classroom presence, course preparation and administration, student counseling, development of new courses, and new methods of student instruction. Teaching of graduate students may be recognized, but preference is given to teaching of undergraduate students.

Available Awards:

  • Faculty, senior lecturers, and lecturers – three $3,800 awards
  • Graduate teaching assistants – three $2,500 awards

(In addition, each faculty recipient’s department will receive $500 to be used to further undergraduate teaching and learning.)

Nomination Process

The 2024 nomination submission deadline is Monday, March 11th.

Required nomination materials:

Chair’s nomination letter, which should include a brief summary of teaching evaluation data

  1. Candidate’s CV
  2. List of all courses taught in the previous academic year
  3. Letters of support from students (maximum of 5)

Email faculty submission as a pdf attachment to:

Email graduate TA submission as a pdf attachment to:



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