BMCC is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in teaching and learning. The BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes faculty whose sustained excellence in teaching incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires colleagues both within and outside his/her department, and demonstrates effective and innovative pedagogy with clear evidence of student learning gains.
All faculty nominated for the award must have maintained a consistent record of outstanding teaching performance and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to student success. Faculty eligible for nomination/application include: full-time tenured professors, full-time lecturers with CCE, and adjunct faculty with ten or more semesters of teaching at BMCC. Faculty can receive only one Distinguished Teaching Award during their time at BMCC.
In general, Distinguished Teachers will excel in a combination of the following areas:
Any member of the BMCC community, including students, may nominate an eligible faculty; nominations must be forwarded to the faculty member and his/her department chair. Nominees must inform their chair as to whether or not they will complete an application package as described below. Faculty may nominate themselves and must notify their chair as such. Nominations open in November. The deadline for nominations is February 15. Those nominated by others will be notified no later than February 20.
The nominee is responsible for assembling a complete application package, which must include:
Nominees must submit complete application packages electronically to the Office of Academic Affairs at distinguishedteachingaward @bmcc.cuny.edu
Incomplete applications will not be considered
Applications packages will be reviewed by an ad hoc Distinguished Teaching Award Committee established in the Academic Senate, and including the Associate Dean of Faculty. The committee will be chaired by a faculty member from the Academic Senate.
Up to three awards will be made annually, two for full-time faculty and one for adjunct faculty. The Committee will recommend award recipients to the President, who will make the final determination of Distinguished Teaching Awards for the year. Recipients will be notified in mid April.
An annual reception to honor recipients will be held in May. Distinguished Teachers will be invited to present at Faculty Convocation and in the Teaching Academy. Distinguished Teachers will be featured in BMCC news stories. Applicants who are not selected for awards are eligible to re-apply in future years.