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Department of Psychological Sciences

Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award


The purpose of these awards is to acknowledge and recognize outstanding graduate teaching assistants and instructors for their contributions to the teaching mission of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University.


To be eligible for this award, each candidate must:

  1. have been responsible for teaching a course fully as the primary instructor of record (this may include students currently in the department’s teaching apprenticeship program),
  2. have contributed above and beyond the general expectations of the position,
  3. have not previously received this award.

Nomination and Criteria

The department’s awards committee solicits nominations from faculty and graduate students at the beginning of the spring semester.

Application Due Date: Variable depending on Graduate School deadline for GSC Teaching Award, but usually in September. Applicants must submit the following materials to the chair of the department’s awards committee in electronic format as email attachments.

  • Cover letter (one page maximum) describing the student's intent to apply for the Psychological Sciences Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award and highlighting the student's contributions to teaching above and beyond the general expectations of a TA or instructor position. This letter must be co-signed by the student's faculty advisor.
  • Curriculum Vita which includes summary information relevant to the criteria for the award (e.g., course taught, attended/presented teaching-related professional development programs to enhance his or her/others' teaching skills)
  • Tangible evidence such as the nominee's student evaluations to support nominee’s outstanding teaching or teaching-related support
  • Letter of support from a Psychological Sciences faculty member, not to exceed two pages.

This award may be received by an individual graduate student only once during her/his tenure at the university. For the purposes of this award, the awards committee will focus on the teaching accomplishments from the immediately preceding calendar year. Multiple awards, or no awards, may be made for any given year.