Wayne State University

Wayne State Teaching Awards

Annually Wayne State University recognizes outstanding teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by faculty and graduate students. The four awards are:


The President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

The President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Program provides recognition for faculty who have made outstanding contributions to teaching. The Award is administered by Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Each of the six awards will provide an unrestricted grant of $2,500 and a citation.

All full-time and part-time faculty members who have taught for at least three consecutive years are eligible, whatever their modes of instruction (e.g., discussion groups, lecture, seminar, television courses, web courses, etc.). Nominations will be accepted from any member of the University Community (students, faculty, alumni, administrators, and staff). Each nomination must have a minimum of six supporters. Award recipients will be selected by a committee consisting of faculty and students, chaired by the Associate Provost for Academic Personnel.  

Eligibility and Nomination Information

List of Previous Award Winners


The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award honors faculty whose scholarly achievements have brought distinction to Wayne State University's graduate programs. Each award includes a $5,000 honorarium. The award is administered by the Graduate Council, and alternates annually between the humanities/social sciences and the natural/health sciences. The criteria for the award include full-time membership in the Regular Graduate Faculty and recent distinguished scholarly achievement in research and teaching that has contributed significantly to Wayne State University's graduate programs.

List of Previous Award Winners


The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Awards honor graduate faculty recognized by their departments and their graduate students as excellent graduate mentors. Four awards are granted annually: one each in the areas of natural sciences and engineering; health sciences; social sciences, education and business; and the arts and humanities. The award is administered by the Graduate Council, and each award includes a $2,500 honorarium. All regular, associate and adjunct graduate faculty members are eligible for nomination. The award recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated abilities to advise, support, sponsor, and inspire graduate students in making progress toward completion of their degrees and becoming members of a larger professional community.

List of Previous Award Winners


The Heberlein Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Students

This award recognizes Wayne State graduate students who demonstrate instructional excellence. The award is administered by the Graduate Council, and includes an honorarium. Two nomination categories have been established to reflect the kinds of teaching situations available to graduate students: responsibility for lecture sections and responsibility for recitation or laboratory sections. The competition is open to all graduate students who are currently enrolled in a Wayne State graduate program and who have teaching responsibilities at the University.

List of Previous Award Winners