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Teaching Academy

Award Information

The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence Presents The UALR Distinguished Teaching Fellows Award

Distinguished Teaching Fellow Medallion

The Medallion is awarded to those instructors who demonstrate a commitment to continued growth in teaching excellence. This award may also serve as quantifiable evidence of an instructor’s teaching focus for tenure and promotion decisions.

Teaching Fellows Award

To receive the Distinguished Teaching Fellows Award each faculty member must accrue 100 points within a year. Points may be obtained through any combination of the activities below. You may participate in some of the activities several times. For example you would receive credit for attending 5 ATLE events, or 25 points. If two of your articles are published in the newsletter, you would receive 20 points. Additionally, other activities may qualify for ATLE points. If you wish to count points for any UALR teaching experience not listed below, please talk to one of the co-directors.

Keep track of your activities and your points. Bring the form to each session you attend and let one of the directors initial the entry. Submit your completed form to an ATLE director by the first week in April of the spring semester. When you have completed your hundred points you will receive a gold medallion at the luncheon where we share our Annual Report with faculty. This medallion is intended to be worn with academic attire to signify the wearer’s commitment to teaching excellence.

New Faculty Teaching Commendation

New faculty are welcome to work towards the Distinguished Teaching Fellow medal, but some may prefer a route that
allows for two years to earn enough points and focuses on activities designed to benefit new


New faculty can begin in the first or second year at UALR and earn 150 points over 2 years
to earn the New Faculty Teaching Commendation. Selected activities need to include Shadow &
Share, at least 6 Teaching Academy teaching workshops, and a discussion with a seasoned faculty
member who has recorded and observed the applicant’s teaching.

Teaching Academy Professional Development Certificate

For faculty who already have earned the Distinguished Teaching Fellow Medal and for those who
do not have the time to earn it may be interested in this Professional Development Certificate.


Those who attend at least 6 Teaching Academy events during the year and who share the results at
a department faculty meeting are eligible.

Click here to download the Teaching Academy Awards pdf


Updated 4.25.2014