to establish the University of Iowa Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT) will be a representative body of
outstanding scholar-teachers throughout the University of Iowa. Its primary
mission will be to honor and promote teaching excellence at the University of
Iowa and to help strengthen the resources necessary to do so, in accordance with
the Universityís Strategic Plan.
every year the University of Iowa recognizes teaching excellence through various
awards, the collective significance of these awards for the mission of teaching
within the institution is not always sufficiently acknowledged; at best such
acknowledgment is isolated or momentary. The
Academy of Distinguished Teachers will institutionalize recognition of
outstanding teaching by providing a mechanism to bring together those whose
teaching has distinguished itself across the Colleges.
Academyís goals will be to:
enhance, and strengthen the quality of teaching at the University of Iowa,
multiple ways in which faculty integrate teaching, scholarship, and service,
both within the institution and to the larger community the importance placed on
effective teaching at the University of Iowa,
appreciation for the complex and dynamic nature of teaching and learning,
an ongoing forum for fostering, recognizing, and rewarding excellence in
year the ADT will present each new member with a certificate of membership in an
annual recognition dinner funded by the Provost with Academy members, President,
Provost, and Deans of various colleges.
ADT will oversee a pool of funds for teaching-related activities of the members
of the ADT, such as attending educational conferences, purchasing educational
materials, funding pilot projects for teaching, funding teaching assistantships
and fellowships for promising graduate students, which will be distributed
through competitive proposals. Proposals will be screened by the Board twice a
eligible for membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers will include
all faculty who have been recognized by existing mechanisms within the
University of Iowa or by their discipline or profession for outstanding
contributions to teaching and learning in the broadest sense.
Eligible faculty will include, but are not limited to, Collegiate
Teaching Award recipients, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Deanís
Scholars, Regents Faculty Award recipients, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished
Professors, Graduate College Mentoring Award recipients, Lewis Holloway Award
winner (College of Medicine), College of Medicine Teaching Professorships,
Tippie College of Business Teaching Chairs, and other faculty as nominated by
the membership of the Academy with Board approval.
The membership (through its Board) will identify eligible faculty annually through contacting both the Deans of each College within the University and the Council on Teaching. Eligible faculty will be invited to join the ADT, but membership will be voluntary.
The Academy members will be coordinated by a Leadership Board, consisting of three members, elected from the membership, with two ex officio members: the Chair of the Council on Teaching and the Director of the Center for Teaching. The elected members of the Board will serve for a three-year rotating term.
services of a staff person, presumably the secretary to the Associate Provost
for Undergraduate Education, will be needed to assist in scheduling meetings of
the membership, taking minutes, etc.
ADT will be funded by the Provost. Funding
in the early stages will be modest, but the administration of the University of
Iowa has expressed a firm commitment to sustained and increasing support of the
ADT, as budgetary considerations allow.
of the Academy who would like to assist the University in promoting teaching
excellence could serve as a pool of resource people.
They might be consulted as appropriate by the Center for Teaching and the
Council on Teaching in their ongoing efforts to nurture the integration of all
forms of teaching with scholarship within the University, as well as by the
President and the Provost in promoting the visibility of teaching outside the
University. For example, the
members of the ADT might help select and sponsor visitors who are nationally
recognized pedagogues and teachers, e.g., as Ida Beam Visiting Scholars; make
their classes available for visits by new faculty, teaching assistants, and
prospective students; or be consulted on strategies for fundraising that may
lead to the endowment of Teaching Chairs, support for travel to conferences on
teaching, subsistence for teaching initiatives, or fellowships for graduate
students to learn more about teaching.
(revised May 2002) by an ad hoc Faculty Senate committee:
Roberta M. Marvin, chair
Amitava Bhattacharjee, ex officio