Professional Instructor Teaching Excellence Award

Excellence in teaching is a hallmark of Western Michigan University's College of Health and Human Services, and we value and acknowledge the significant contributions of part-time instructors to the learning environment. To recognize and acknowledge these contributions, Dean Earlie M. Washington established the Professional Instructor Teaching Excellence Award.

Nomination Form

Award criteria

The award is based on evidence of an accumulated record of achievement as an instructor at WMU in relation to teaching excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Classroom teaching
  • Creative or innovative work as regards teaching, fieldwork or supervision
  • Teaching that involves interdisciplinary or collaborative activity

Excellence in performance must be described in the nomination. Nominations should address the particular characteristics of excellence - including specific examples that address the criteria - which define exemplary work. 

Who can submit a nomination?

  • WMU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members 

Who is eligible for nomination?

  • Members of the WMU Professional Instructors Organization who are currently teaching.

Who is not eligible for nomination?

  • Unit chairs and directors
  • Board appointed term, tenure track or tenured faculty
  • Former recipients 


The recipient will receive an award of $1,000 (gross), a certificate and recognition on a plaque on display at the college.

Previous award recipients