Doctoral Studies

The Steinhardt School Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award

This award honors graduate students for their contribution to the creation and delivery of exceptional learning environments. Recipients of the award will receive $1,500.

Criteria for Selection

All Steinhardt doctoral students who have taught at least one credit-bearing course, either as a teaching assistant or instructor of record, and who are nearing completion of their degree requirements are eligible for this award. Nominees must be in good academic standing, as determined by their department and school regulations.

Characteristics of effective teaching include the following skills/abilities:

  1. Use of pedagogical techniques suited to course learning objectives
  2. Responsiveness to diverse learning styles
  3. Ongoing engagement and interaction with students
  4. Effective and timely use of multiple techniques for student evaluation and assessment
  5. Use of innovative pedagogical techniques

Nomination Procedure

Please complete and submit application materials below in the order listed:

  1. Nomination cover page
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Recommendation of the Department Chairperson or designee (no more than 250 words)
  4. Supporting documentation—(a) course syllabi (b) other course materials
  5. Evaluation of teaching by a member of the department faculty, if available
  6. Up to three letters of support from students
  7. Course evaluations
  8. Unofficial transcript
  9. Personal statement of no more than 500 words focused on what nominee has learned about the craft of teaching and the practices they would like to cultivate


Please submit completed applications as a PDF and send to Tara McNally, Office of the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, at


The Vice Dean for Academic Affairs will convene and chair a faculty selection committee to review the nominations. The committee will select up to three awardees each year.


Nominations and all supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs no later than Friday, April 14, 2017.