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 are based on participation in ATLE activities. Here is the list of our rewards:

  • Professional Development Certificate (200 points)
  • Teaching Fellow (300 points)
  • Distinguished Teaching Fellow (400 points)
  • Master Teacher (500 points)
  • Lifetime Participation Award (700 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:

  • Attending an ATLE event (10 points)

ATLE hosts a series lunch events each year. They are announced via FACFOCUS and through our ATLE participant list. Simply RSVP and participate.

  • Presenting at an ATLE event (20 points)

We regularly ask our best UALR faculty to present at ATLE lunches and other events.

  • Participating in Shadow and Share (20 points)

The Shadow and Share program involves pairing up with another teacher to observe her classroom, and have her observe yours. Participants attend a Shadow and Share luncheon to discuss the experience, and write a reflection which they send to ATLE.  This program happens once a year in the fall.

  • Publishing a scholarly article on teaching/learning (20 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.

  • 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 sheet 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.

When are awards given?

Near the end of the spring semester, ATLE will host an awards lunch. The entire ATLE community is invited to attend.  If a participant has earned enough points for an award this year, we will email you and let you know that you will receive it at the awards lunch.

What do I get when I get an award?

ATLE gives certificates for all awards. For more prestigious awards, we give special awards as well. You’ll have to attend the awards lunch to find out more!
When you receive an award from us, you will also have your picture posted to our website, and your name will be added to the website list of past award winners.