Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

2021 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award


The College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the College of Engineering in recognition of special effectiveness in teaching undergraduates in a variety of settings.  Awards will be made on the basis of a) demonstrated excellence in the classroom, laboratory, or studio; b) description of innovative or creative teaching techniques, technologies, and methods; and/or c) interest in professional development as a teacher as evidenced by publications related to teaching, attendance at teaching conferences or research conferences with teaching tracks, attendance at local workshops or teaching enhancement activities on campus sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies or the nominee’s individual department.  A selection committee composed of College faculty makes the recommendation of the award recipients to the Dean, based on submitted application materials.


  • This award is open to all current graduate teaching assistants in the UNL College of Engineering, who have had significant teaching responsibilities for at least two semesters since August 2019.
  • An individual must be nominated by a faculty member affiliated with the College of Engineering.
  • Nominees will be evaluated on teaching goals and methods, student ratings, and professional development. 
  • Nomination materials are to be submitted electronically through the on-line submission site, with uploaded documents preferably in PDF format.  Please have all materials ready to submit at one time; forms may not be saved and added to at a later time.
  • Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.
  • The recipient of this award will receive a certificate and $500 award
  • The DEADLINE for submitting a complete on-line nomination form is Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM.  Late nominations will not be accepted.
(e.g. PhD in CIVE)
The following documents in support of this nomination are to be uploaded, preferably in PDF format.
Letter of nomination by a faculty member qualified to assess the nominee’s teaching activities Required
Two-page limit, including any available qualitative or quantitative data from teaching evaluations
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.
Nominee’s curriculum vitae Required
Two-page limit, including descriptions of any creative teaching materials developed, exceptional instructional responsibilities, or innovative instructional techniques used
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.
Statement of teaching philosophy (written by the nominee) Required
One-page limit
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.