Award Information

While we at ATLE believe that our programs are valuable in themselves, we also see value in celebrating the commitment of our faculty to enriching their teaching. Thus, ATLE offers a number of awards to faculty who participate in our programs and activities. These awards are a tangible way to mark the commitment of our teachers to improving their work.

What awards does ATLE offer?

All of ATLE’s awards acknowledge the awardee’s participation in a combination of pedagogy-related activities: attending ATLE events (10 points per event), presenting on the scholarship of teaching and learning (20 points), publishing an article about the scholarship of teaching and learning (40 points), and/or publishing a pedagogy-related book (100 points). Here is the list of our awards:

  • Professional Development Certificate (200 points)
  • Teaching Fellow (300 points)
  • Distinguished Teaching Fellow (400 points)
  • Master Teacher (500 points)
  • Lifetime Participation Award (700 points)
  • Teaching Stamina Award (1000 points)
  • Lifetime Teaching Commitment Award (2000 points)
  • Participant of the Year (most points accumulated in an academic year, excludes co-directors)

How can I earn points toward these awards?

ATLE gives points for a number of activities to strengthen not only the individual teacher, but the teaching community at large. Engagement with other teachers and reflection on that engagement will improve one’s teaching over the long term. Here is the list of activities and their point values:

Watching a Monday Morning Mentor video and completing the corresponding quiz (3 points)

ATLE, in conjunction with the Faculty Mentoring Program, is giving free access to the Monday Morning Mentor series, a 20-minute mentor video series, to all our faculty members and instructors (full-time and part-time) through a shared Blackboard organization shell. To have access to this fast, focused, high-quality training series, just fill out this form at any point in the semester. All participants will receive instructions on how to access the videos and materials every week, as soon as they become available.

Attending an ATLE event (10 points)

ATLE hosts a series of lunch events each year. They are announced via email and through our ATLE events calendar. Simply RSVP and participate.

Presenting at an ATLE event (20 points)

We regularly ask our best UA Little Rock faculty to present at ATLE lunches and other events.

Presenting a paper or poster on teaching/learning at a conference (20 points)

Email ATLE a copy of your presentation or poster, along with the conference information, and we will give you credit toward one of our awards.

Publishing a scholarly article on teaching/learning (40 points)

Email ATLE a copy of an article you’ve written for outside publication and we will give you credit toward one of our awards.

Publishing a scholarly book on teaching/learning (100 points)

Email ATLE information/proof about a book on teaching/learning you’ve published and we will give you credit toward one of our awards.

Attending ATLE’s New Faculty Orientation (20 points)

We put together a full day of teaching workshops for new faculty. We feel it’s also the perfect way to get you on your way to earning the “New Faculty Teaching Award.”

How will ATLE know that I’ve completed an activity?

If the activity is an event, there will be a sign-in form for you to sign. For other activities, we typically require some documentation of your participation. Please see the specific descriptions of the activities for more information.

In the end, we trust you to take credit only for those activities you’ve completed. If you’ve completed an activity but can’t easily document it, notify us via email (, and we’ll update your points.

How do I find out the number of points I have?

After each ATLE event and every time we receive a copy of a published scholarly article on teaching/learning, we update the list of points you have accumulated. You can access the master list of points at any time, and look for your information.

When are awards given?

If a participant has earned enough points for an award, we will email you at the end of the fall semester and let you know that you will receive an award certificate and perhaps other higher awards, just in time to add it to your annual evaluation report. Near the end of the spring semester, ATLE will present these awards at the Faculty Excellence Awards event.  The entire faculty are invited to attend.

What do I get when I get an award?

ATLE gives certificates for all awards.  But for some higher awards, we give medallions that can worn at graduations and also trophies and plaques. You’ll have to attend the Faculty Excellence Awards to find out more!

When you receive an award from us, your name will be added to the website list of past award winners.