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Teaching Excellence Information

Scholarship and teaching go hand in hand. Nearly everyone who cares about the life of the mind can remember at least one teacher, and perhaps many more, who made a special contribution to his or her development. And experts are never quite sure of their expertise until they have tried teaching what they know to others. For these reasons, among others, ΦBKNCA vigorously encourages excellence in teaching. In pursuit of this principle ΦBKNCA has for many years made annual Excellence in Teaching Awards. Each award consists of a handsome certificate and a $500 honorarium. Any member of ΦBK may make nominations.

All faculty members at the eight Phi Beta Kappa institutions  - Mills College, San Francisco State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, or University of the Pacific will be eligible. The online nomination form is available on this site and a hardcopy version is printed in the newsletter (but we prefer the online version). Applications are due November 30, but make them now while memory is fresh! A nomination consists of a filled-out form, plus an account of why you think a nominee deserves recognition as an outstanding teacher. Deadline for nomination: November 30.

Past Winners: Click here

Nomination Form: Click here