Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award

Award Description

This award honors senior tenured members of the faculty who combine outstanding scholarly accomplishment with excellence in teaching and personify our image of the professoriate. It carries an honorarium of $5000. Click here to see a list of Distinguished Scholar-Teacher awardees. Click here to see the schedule of lectures from the current awardees.


The nominee should have been a current member of our faculty for a minimum of five years and should hold the rank of tenured Professor. Nominees should be men and women possessing a record of outstanding scholarly accomplishment combined with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Nominations may be made by any full-time permanent faculty member.

Nomination Process

Nominations for Distinguished Scholar Teacher must be submitted via on-line registration between September 10 and October 12. Nominators have until November 7 to submit nomination materials (in PDF format) via the APA portal.

We’ve made some changes to the way nomination packets are submitted to the APA portal. Instead of requesting a single packet, we are now requiring each part of the packet to be uploaded separately, in PDF. This will facilitate our review of the nomination materials. Information about each document is available on the upload page, and also below on this page. If you encounter any issues or you have any concerns, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at faculty@umd.edu.

In addition, in order to submit the nomination to OFA, you’ll now change the status of nomination to University Review, as you do with promotion cases. 

Nomination materials must be searchable PDFs. If any of these required documents is not applicable to the nominee, please upload a PDF with a brief explanation of how the required document is not applicable. 

  • Letter of Nomination: of no more than two pages, usually from nominee’s Chair, Dean, former DST, or DUP. The single letter may be submitted by multiple nominators.
  • Statement of Integration: a brief statement from the nominee on how he/she integrates research and teaching.
  • Curriculum Vitae: The nominee's current CV, preferably in the University of Maryland standard format.
  • Promotion Criteria: Criteria for promotion to full professor in the nominee’s unit. (This helps reviewers unfamiliar with the standards in the nominee’s field.)
  • List of exemplary Research or Creative Activity accomplishments: When applicable, include h-index (indicate source, e.g., ISI or Google Scholar), citation counts, publication venues, review sources, major awards, fellowships or academy elections, etc.
  • Course Listing: A listing of courses taught by the nominee over the last five years.
  • Course Experiences Surveys: Summarized and analyzed student feedback on course experiences, preferably in the format recommended in the APT process. [For 2023 nominations, this can be in the form of the old APT Teaching Evaluation Template, or the current format using IRPA Tableau (Administrator version preferred).] 
  • Student Comments from Feedback Surveys: Include all comments from courses taught by the nominee in the last five years. Please cut and paste comment text into a single document.
  • List of subsequent placements of graduate students: Include titles and institutions, organizations, or corporations, when known. Note: working with graduate students is not a requirement for this award.
  • External Letters of Support: Letters of support from at least two, but no more than three, distinguished scholars outside the university. These letters should focus on the nominee's research accomplishments. Please note any collaboration between the letter writer and nominee, or request this from the letter writer.
  • Student Letters of Support: Letters of support from at least two, but no more than three, current or past students.

Additional materials that further illuminate the nominee's contributions and achievements as a teacher and scholar may be included in a supplemental section:

  • Information related to curriculum development, student mentoring, and/or innovative teaching techniques.
  • Other contributions to the learning and development of members of the University of Maryland community, other higher education communities, K-12, or other communities.
  • Detailed description of awards and honors received.
  • Media Reviews

Please do not include other letters of support or copies of syllabi.