Nominations Sought for the Biggs Award
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.
Contact GEOEDGSA@gmail.com with questions or if you have any trouble submitting your materials.
Nomination packages must include:
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:
Teaching ability. Address teaching and assessment techniques used by
the teacher, comprehensive and engagement of the course, and teaching
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.
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