The UFVA Teaching Award aims to acknowledge the diverse strengths and responsibilities of both full-time and part-time faculty members, promoting equity and inclusivity in teaching award recognition.

Teaching Award Applicants must be members in good standing of UFVA.

Note – UFVA Teaching Award honorees are ineligible to apply the following year. For example, a 2022 winner is required to wait until 2024 to be eligible again for the award.

If none of the submissions meet the standards of the UFVA Teaching Award, an award will not be given.

Procedures for the UFVA Teaching Award Application

The following materials must be submitted:


Please combine and submit all materials in a single PDF document by May 1, 2024 Deadline extended to June 1, 2024

The dossier should be prepared by the UFVA Teaching Award applicant.

  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae, with teaching and pedagogical activities highlighted.
  • One page teaching philosophy including your pedagogical efforts toward diversity and inclusion.
  • Two sample syllabi AND two sample assignments created within the past 5 years.
  • Two Letters of support: one from senior colleague and one from a past student.

Applications will be evaluated on their evidence of achievement in some (but not necessarily all) of the following areas:

  • Cultivating student engagement by incorporating diverse perspectives into the day-to-day structure of lectures in undergraduate or graduate classrooms.
  • Developing creative and forward-thinking assignments, lessons, and lectures that foster an inclusive learning environment.
  • Supporting and fostering student scholarly activities and/or creative productions across diverse backgrounds.
  • Providing mentorship to students through various academic pursuits, such as thesis, dissertation, internship, production, or career supervision.
  • Engaging in educational outreach to the local community or the general public to promote inclusivity and accessibility.
  • Creating programs, including courses, workshops, seminars, and tutorials, aimed at enhancing teaching practices in the field at all academic levels.
  • 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 coauthoring influential textbook(s) for use in the graduate, undergraduate, or secondary film and/or media studies classroom
  • Authoring or coauthoring 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

Procedure for SUBMISSION

Honorees will be selected by the 2024 Teaching Awards Committee, Andrew Gay, Danielle Beverly, and Wenhwa Tsao and the 2023 teaching award winners

Please submit all materials to UFVA Teaching Awards Committee

For more information, please contact UFVA Teaching Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Andrew Gay and Danielle Beverly.

Past Winners