Nominations for 2018 Presidential Teaching Awards

November 30, 2017

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

I invite you to nominate faculty and graduate student instructors for the annual Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching. The awards recognize teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and honor those who have had a lasting influence on the intellectual development of our students. Each year the University bestows these awards on five faculty members and three graduate student instructors to honor individual excellence and celebrate the important contributions they make to our educational offerings.


The deadline for all nominations is February 1, 2018.

Selection committees will choose a group of finalists from the nominations received, and ask each finalist’s department to assemble a dossier of supporting materials. Following a review of those materials, the committees will recommend those individuals they believe best exemplify the ideal of a great teacher, and forward their nominations to the President for his approval. For further information, please visit the Presidential Teaching Awards website:   

I thank you in advance for your nominations, and for your help in honoring those who are making outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the University.


John H. Coatsworth