Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, CRLT, and the University Library

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Nomination Form

(Form will open in December  2017)

The Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize differs from Thurnau Professorships and other teaching prizes in that it honors original, specific INNOVATIONS to improve student learning, not instructor's overall teaching excellence.



  1. To recognize faculty who have developed an innovative project, e.g., new approaches to creating inclusive classrooms, new uses of instructional technology, new ways to engage students in the learning process, new approaches to student collaboration, or new methods for replicating the advantages of a small course in a large lecture.
  2. To encourage the dissemination of best practices by sharing promising innovations with faculty more broadly.


The award will provide $5,000 to five faculty members (or teams) for their innovative projects to improve student learning.

The awards will be announced each May at the annual campus-wide technology conference, Enriching Scholarship.

Awardees will be asked to share their innovations with the broader U-M community at Enriching Scholarship, other campus-wide events, and with the academic world more broadly.


The award is open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, and lecturers who have continuing appointments on the University's Ann Arbor campus.


Nominations from the full range of instructional settings at U-M are encouraged.

All Ann Arbor campus faculty, GSIs, students, chairs, directors, deans, and staff members may nominate individuals for this prize. Faculty self-nominations are also accepted.

All nominations should use the online registration form.

Selection Criteria

All innovations should have the following characteristics:

  • originality
  • demonstrated significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and/or retention
  • potential for widespread use within or across disciplines
  • potential for scalability

Selection Process

Nominations will be judged by a faculty committee that will recommend winners to the Provost. The application and selection process will involve two steps.

Step One: One-page nomination forms will be reviewed by the selection committee.  Finalists will be invited to submit full applications for Step Two.

Step Two: Finalists from Step One will submit a 1-2 page narrative and support materials that document the effectiveness of their innovation, such as:

  • examples of teaching materials (e.g., portfolio, web links, and video clips)
  • information about the origin of the innovative idea
  • evidence of impact on student learning and attitudes, including letters of support from current or past students

The selection committee will recommend winners to the Provost, who will make the final decision.

2016-2017 Timing

December 5, 2016: Competition opens
January 31, 2017: Nomination forms due
February 2017: Finalists notified
March 7, 2017: Final applications due
May 1, 2017: Winners recognized at Enriching Scholarship


For questions about the Prize, see Teaching Innovation Prize FAQs or email