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NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorships

Call for Applications, 2017-2020

Three UVa Distinguished Teaching Professorships, funded through a special endowment originating from a National Endowment for the Humanities Special Challenge Grant won by the Center for Teaching Excellence, aim to fulfill these objectives:

  • support and reward humanities faculty who actively analyze the impact of their teaching on students’ learning
  • encourage and support outstanding humanities faculty in developing projects to share knowledge and expertise
  • recognize both teaching and research as valid aspects of scholarship
  • reward proven excellence in teaching

Each year, a Distinguished Teaching Professor is selected to begin the three-year term the next academic year. Reappointment is possible, but not in successive terms. These three NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorships recognize excellent undergraduate teaching in the humanities:

  • Richard A. and Sarah Page Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship
  • Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professorship
  • Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professorship

Who is eligible?

Current UVa associate and full professors in any humanities department who teach at least two undergraduate courses each year. Tenured and non-tenure-track faculty are equally eligible.

Why Be a DTP?

A Distinguished Teaching Professorship enables profound research on teaching and learning, while providing opportunities to think innovatively and integrate new ideas. The award enables faculty to work with the Center for Teaching Excellence to accomplish such aims as these:

  • investigate how their teaching affects students’ learning
  • deepen connections between teaching and research
  • share their knowledge with colleagues
  • promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the humanities

Reflection of this sort can reinvigorate one’s career, as previous NEH Distinguished Teaching Professors have said:

This opportunity inspires new explorations into teaching and learning.

As NEH DTP, scholars explore individual concerns, while inherently enriching the U.Va. community through shared results.

Holding this professorship helps forge new connections with colleagues in other disciplines.

This award can rejuvenate excitement about teaching.

The award carries significant financial benefits. During the three-year term, each DTP receives the following:

  • two additional months’ salary and a salary enhancement
  • an annual $3,500 research fund from the Dean’s Office
  • during the first two years, a maximum of three courses each year to provide time for research and dissemination projects
  • project expenses of up to $15,000
  • direct connection to collaboration with Center for Teaching Excellence faculty

What are the responsibilities?

  1. Carry out one or more personal projects designed to promote productive dialogue about teaching and learning in the discipline, and disseminate the research results. The most compelling projects are those that include study of how teaching innovations or interventions affect students’ level of engagement and learning. For descriptions of former projects, click here. Some project ideas:
    • Gathering, analyzing, and sharing data to understand how well students are learning from the teaching offered (whether a traditional or innovative teaching approach);
    • Investigating innovative teaching methods and sharing discoveries with colleagues;
    • Leading provocative discussions about teaching the humanities and/or liberal arts;
    • Spearheading efforts to develop interdisciplinary programs for the humanities.
  2. Work with the Center for Teaching Excellence to share—through workshops, discussions, publications—creative and effective undergraduate teaching that promotes students’ learning.
  3. Submit each year by June 30, to the Center for Teaching Excellence Director, a written report of the preceding year’s NEH DTP activities, accomplishments, and expenditures.

How do I apply?

You will find an outline of the applications materials and a submission portal directly on the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office website. If you have any questions about this web form, please contact Mieke Zylstra.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.   For more information, contact Michael Palmer; at the Center for Teaching Excellence (434-982-2784).