Outstanding Teacher Award Nomination

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is committed to excellence in the instruction of engineering and engineering technology students and will be recognized as an outstanding engineering or engineering technology educator from the Northeast Section.

This individual is then nominated as NE Section’s  representative for the ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal for 2016.

The Award

The award, presented at the spring meeting of Zone I, consists of a certificate of recognition, and a Zone I paid registration to the meeting at which the presentation is made.


Candidates must be members of the ASEE NE Section who teach any subject included in an ABET accredited engineering or engineering technology curriculum, including faculty teaching courses at two-year or community colleges. Those teaching humanities and social studies, mathematics, science, applied science and computing science are also eligible. The award recipient must agree to attend the spring meeting at which the award is presented; otherwise, the award will be given to the next highest ranked candidate who agrees to attend. Exceptions will be made for emergency conditions. Currently serving officers of NE Section and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for nomination.


The following aspects of the candidate’s performance will be evaluated.

Classroom Performance

  • Possess and be able to communicate broad and accurate subject area knowledge.
  • Possess self-confidence, create a feeling of harmony between self and students, and able to meet difficulties with poise.
  • Possess a sense of proportion, stressing fundamentals and basic underlying truths.
  • Prepare assignments that challenge students, demanding thinking and learning.
  • Demonstrate an intense subject area interest & enthusiasm and enhance the learning process to fully motivate students.
  • Be available for advising and counseling students.
  • Show evidence of outstanding classroom performance using regular course evaluations and individual letters of recommendation from current and former students.

Teaching Scholarship Contributions

  • Demonstrate effectiveness in course and/or curriculum development.
  • Evidence of laboratory or other facility development.
  • Development or authorship of instructional material or a text that enhances the student learning process.
  • Publication of original work, through any medium including presentations at professional meetings, that enhances the engineering education process or adds value to teaching methodology literature.
  • Service as a mentor to other teaching faculty or participation in the development and delivery of seminars and workshops focused on improvements to teacher classroom effectiveness.
  • Teach a minimum of two semester or three quarter classroom or laboratory courses per year.

ASEE and Local Participation

Possess a strong record of activity in ASEE or the educational activities of another professional society.
Be an ASEE member with a record of participation in NE section meetings.  (A minimum participation is attending the NE section meeting at which the NE Section award is presented; and making a presentation at that meeting (or the following Zone I meeting) to share some element of his/her success as a teacher).

Nomination Procedure

Any member of NE Section (student, professional, etc.) may nominate candidates for this award (candidates may not nominate themselves) by preparing a nomination package that must include the following:

ASEE Awards Cover letter

    • Fifty word citation suitable for reading at the award ceremony.
    • Documentation related to the award criteria consisting of no more than 4 pages. (Other personal vita/information will be disregarded).
    • Candidate’s statement (no more than 500 words) regarding their teaching philosophy.
    • Three letters of recommendation from students or past students.
    • Three letters of recommendation from faculty, administration, or industry peers.

Candidate’s commitment statement to attend the ASEE Annual Meeting if selected to receive the National Outstanding Teaching Medal.

Nominations should not include voluminous materials, such as exhibits, samples or numerous recommendations of former students. Clear, concise statements of achievements are of more value. Information from public sources is helpful, but should be supplemented by information as to specific contributions.

Candidates not selected for this year’s award will automatically be considered for the next year’s award. These candidates will be afforded the opportunity to update their applications.

How to Nominate

The nomination package should be emailed to the ASEE Zone 1 Conference Teacher Awards Committee Chair and must be received by January 15, 2016 . Any material received by the Awards Committee Chair after the above date will not be used in the evaluation process.

Where to Submit

Please email your package to Cristian Craciun, Fairfield University (Ccraciun@fairfield.edu)

Cristian Craciun
Chair of ASEE NE Section