Remarkable levels of learning can result through a combination of challenging and engaging curricular materials and instructional styles that are broadly inclusive and motivating. Faculty can advise and mentor through great teaching and can teach through great mentoring and advising.
There are many venues for teaching excellence: the laboratory, the seminar, the traditional lecture, the design studio, the small section, the field study, etc. Likewise, there are many manifestations of teaching excellence at the graduate level:
- the inspiring supervision of projects, dissertations, laboratory work, field work, clinical work, etc.
- the quality delivery of courses and seminars that are designed for graduate and professional students.
- the exercise of leadership in the design of new courses and curriculum for a graduate-level program.
- a record of making scholarly materials available to graduate-level students outside of Cornell, e.g., textbooks, online notes, videos.
- the ability to attract students into the program through genuine offers of supervision.
- the ability to mentor and advise students in a way that leads them to successful careers.
- the ability to teach in a way that transcends cultural boundaries.
- the ability to make effective use of new active learning strategies.
- the ability to mentor at-risk students thereby addressing concerns about retention and performance.
- the ability to engage graduate and professional students who come from “far away” disciplines.
The key is that students are inspired to learn and that learning outcomes are improved through the work and creativity of the nominee.
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