As a means to recognize and reward excellence in instruction, teaching, and learning within the organization, the University Film & Video Association has instituted three annual awards to acknowledge members whose achievements in pedagogy merit recognition.
An award to faculty in each of the following ranks will be granted, with a certificate to be presented to the honorees at the annual UFVA conference.
- Lecturer/Non-tenure track (includes adjuncts)
- Junior faculty (pre-tenure, on the tenure track)
- Senior faculty (tenured)
Procedures for Nominations
UFVA members from the same or other institutions may nominate candidates for the UFVA Teaching Award or candidates may nominate themselves. The candidate will be responsible for gathering and organizing their application materials.
If the candidate chooses to have a colleague nominate him/her, the candidates for the Teaching Awards can be nominated only by a member or members (in good standing) of the UFVA.
The following materials must be submitted:
- Nominator’s Statement (prepared by a colleague or by the candidates themselves in the case of self-nomination)NO MORE THAN THREE pages in length. May include commentary or accomplishments in instruction related to any of the following:
- courses taught or developed
- descriptions of particularly successful assignments
- inclusive teaching strategies and commitment to inclusive classrooms
- peer evaluations, specifying the particular institution and courses
- advising and mentoring of student theses, dissertations, internships, screenplays, productions and/or career development
- publication and/or development of educational materials
The dossier should be prepared by the candidate especially for the UFVA Teaching Award.
- Nominee’s curriculum vitae, with teaching and pedagogical activities highlighted.
- One-page teaching philosophy
- Two sample syllabi AND two sample assignments.
- The nominee may also include letters of support from colleagues or students or other supporting documents in their dossier, to total not more than THREE pages.
Other considerations for the dossier:
The nominee should demonstrate evidence of achievement in some (but not necessarily all) of the following areas which should be included in the candidate’s Personal Statement and/or teaching philosophy.
- engaging student interest within the day-to-day format of the lecture or small group undergraduate or graduate classroom
- designing imaginative and/or innovative assignments, lessons, lectures
- encouraging and nurturing student scholarship and/or production
- commitment to and demonstration of inclusive teaching
- mentoring students through thesis, dissertation, internship, production, or career supervision
- instructing and mentoring teaching assistants in classroom methodology and practice
- providing educational outreach to the local community or general public
- developing programs (courses, workshops, seminars, tutorials) to improve teaching in the field at any or all levels
- providing support and advice to graduates and junior faculty as they become professionalized in the classroom and the field
- providing opportunities beyond the classroom for students to engage with film, television, and new media (field trips, media clubs, film and media series, etc.) and/or with scholarship in those areas (planning conferences, speakers series, etc.)
- extending film and media education to the larger university and the community beyond
Publication and Development of Educational Materials
The nominee might also demonstrate evidence of achievement in some (but not necessarily all) of the following areas:
- authoring or co-authoring influential textbook(s) for use in the graduate, undergraduate, or secondary film and/or media studies classroom
- authoring or co-authoring influential essays on pedagogy, teaching methodology, and/or practice in the field
- creating useful websites, media, or other technological aids in film/media pedagogy
- consulting with other universities, publishers, media companies, government bodies, or other organizations to enhance film/media education
- producing quality educational films or videos for use in the film/media classroom
- designing influential Web-based instructional resources and/or research instruments for use in film and/or media studies
Honorees will be selected by the Teaching Awards Committee:
Jen Proctor, Assoc. Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Vaun Monroe, Executive Director of Theater, Film, and Drama, Associate Professor, Wiley College
Jonathan Olshefski, Assoc. Professor of Radio, TV, and Film at Rowan University
Anna Weinstein, Lecturer, Media Studies, Auburn University
Vicky Mejia Yepes, Asst. Professor of Audio Production, Ithaca College
Direct questions to UFVA Secretary and Teaching Awards Committee Chair Jen Proctor at firstname.lastname@example.org