The Center honors exemplary teaching at WSU by granting two Alden Excellence in Teaching Awards each spring. Recipients receive $500 and are honored during the commencement ceremonies. During the following academic year, recipients of the the Alden Excellence in Teaching Award present talks at a campus celebration of teaching and learning, reflecting on their pedagogy and teaching philosophy.
The Alden Excellence in Teaching Awards commemorate George I. Alden (1843-1926), a prominent Worcester industrialist and educator; the funding for the award comes from the Alden Foundation Trust
, which supports education in the greater Worcester area.
Who is eligible?
Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who demonstrate teaching excellence and/or innovative teaching practices.
Who can nominate a faculty member?
Any student, faculty or alumni may nominate an eligible faculty member for the Alden Award.
How are the recipients chosen?
Faculty who have been nominated are notified and asked to sign a letter of intent, and then submit a dossier including a teaching statement and up to five pages of supporting materials. From the pool of applicants, the final decision is made by a Selection Committee made up of two faculty members, two current students, and two alumni.
Deadline for nomination: November 1
Submitting a nomination