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Outstanding Teacher Award

The MTSU Foundation has funded Outstanding Teacher Awards for the past forty-eight years. The Foundation will fund five awards for $3,000 each again this year.

The plan for making the awards consists of two phases: nominations and selection. Nominations will be made by three groups: alumni, faculty, and students. Selections will be based upon evaluations by students and tenured faculty.

Guidelines for Nomination

  1. Faculty need only receive nominations from two of the three groups, but must receive more than one nomination from one of them.
  2. A faculty member may nominate only one person.
  3. Faculty may not be nominated unless they are full-time faculty and teaching at least 8 semester hours.
  4. Faculty nominated must be in at least their fourth year at MTSU.
  5. Previous award winners are eligible to compete when five years have elapsed since they last received the award.


The following nomination forms for Outstanding Teacher Award are available in both HTML and Adobe PDF formats.

Form Available Formats
2014-2015 Outstanding Teacher Award - Alumni MTSU Magazine Ballot DOC  |  PDF
2014-2015 Outstanding Teacher Award - Faculty Bulletin Ballot DOC  |  PDF
2014-2015 Outstanding Teacher Award - Student Ballot DOC  |  PDF

Past Recipients

Recipients for the past five years have been:

  • 2014-15
    Mark Doyle, David Gore, Adam McInturff, Ahad Nasab, Jason Pettigrew, Lisa Sheehan-Smith
  • 2013-14
    Heather Brown, Rebecca Fischer, Sisavanh Houghton, Victor Montemayor, Nathan Phillips
  • 2012-13
    Sandra Benson, Mary Farone, Rhonda Hoffman, William Leggett, Willis Means
  • 2011-12
    Meredith Dye, Martha Hixon, Ronald Kates, Angela Mertig, Alanna Neely, Amy Phelps
  • 2010-11
    Alyson Bass, Rebecca Foote, Meredith Ann Higgs, Shannon Hodge, John Sanborn, Melissa Wald

Click here for a complete listing of past recipients.

Final Selection

A committee representing the Foundation, alumni, SGA, administration, and the faculty will review the qualifications of the nominees to determine if each nominee meets the above criteria. Qualified nominees will be evaluated by their students, department chairs, and tenured colleagues using the Teacher Performance checklists.

The final tabulations are made by computer. In determining the final rating of each candidate, the student checklists constitute seventy-five percent of the overall rating and the tenured facultychecklists constitute the remaining twenty-five percent.

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