Biggs Award

Biggs Award for Outstanding Earth Science Teaching

previous Biggs Award Recipients

Nominations Sought for the Biggs Award

 
The Geoscience Education Division of the Geological Society of America sponsors the Biggs Award, which recognizes innovative and effective teaching of earth sciences among early career faculty (10 years or less of full-time teaching). Nominations are due each year on February 15. We are soliciting nominations from across the earth sciences - nominees and nominators do not need to be members of the division in order to encourage recognition of an outstanding colleague. 

SUBMIT A NOMINATION FOR THE BIGGS EARTH SCIENCE TEACHING AWARD TO http://form.jotform.us/form/33288557655165

Contact GEOEDGSA@gmail.com with questions or if you have any trouble submitting your materials.

Nomination packages must include:

1. NOMINATING LETTER. Maximum of 6 single-spaced pages. The letter should include a summary that addresses the nominee's strengths and noteworthy accomplishments as they relate to the teaching award. The letter can address any of the following areas that speak to the nominee's teaching:

a. Teaching ability. Address teaching and assessment techniques used by the teacher, comprehensive and engagement of the course, and teaching philosophy.

b. Inventiveness. Address new ideas, including new curriculum, new support matuerlas, new methods, or new devices developed.

c. Initiative. Address handling of new or difficult situations and accommodation of students with varying abilities.

d. Cooperation. Address connections to larger department or institutional programs and other academic areas.

e. Community and youth activities: Address involvement in community and youth activities.

f. Professional activities: Address publications, advising, and program development related to teaching.


2. COLLEAGUE LETTERS OF SUPPORT.
At least 2 letters, no more than 4.


3. STUDENT LETTERS OF SUPPORT.
At least 2 letters, no more than 4.


4. CV FOR THE NOMINEE.
Up to 2 pages (similar to an NSF biographical sketch)


5. TEACHING PHILOSOPHY FROM THE NOMINEE.
Up to 1 page.


6. EXAMPLE TEACHING MATERIALS OR EVIDENCE OF TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS FROM NOMINEE. Up to 10 pages. Can include examples of teaching materials and methods, evidence of teching effectiveness and improved student learning, descriptions of lessons or exercises, summaries of numerical and/or written student evaluations, peer teaching evaluations, or other evidence.