Call for Nominations

TYCA-Midwest Call for Nominations

2017 Outstanding New Teacher Award

Deadline April 29, 2017

TYCA-Midwest invites you to nominate exceptional part-time and full-time English instructors early in their professional careers for the Outstanding New Teacher Award for 2017. The winner will receive a plaque honoring the achievement, will be recognized at the Friday luncheon at the 2017 conference, and will receive a $100 gift certificate to NCTE.

Nominees must be teaching at any two-year college and must be:

a) within the first five years of their teaching careers, and

b) able to attend the 2017 TYCA-Midwest conference in St. Paul, MN, from October 5-7, to accept the award if selected.

Nominees should excel in at least four of the following:

  • Clearly stated instructional objectives

  • Adequate preparation and demonstrated mastery of subject matter

  • Appropriate instructional methods (e.g., detailed syllabi, well-organized presentation, timely and appropriate feedback to students, effective classroom style, use of instructional technology, etc.)

  • Significant results (e.g., outstanding students’ achievement, student expression of course value, etc.)

  • Presentation of instructional strategies (e.g., conference papers and/or publications focusing on pedagogical issues.)

  • Service to the department or institution

  • Reflective critique (e.g., use of assessment or evaluation to improve course, creation of new course, etc.)

The nomination packet must include:

1. A letter of nomination from a TYCA-Midwest member citing the nominee’s accomplishments

2. Three additional letters of support from students, colleagues, and/or supervisors/administrators

3. The nominee’s current curriculum vitae

4. A syllabus from a current course

5. A statement of the nominee’s philosophy of teaching (not to exceed two pages)

Please send nomination packets as one email attachment to Katie Kalish at with the subject line TYCA Nomination.