Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Awards and Grants

SMU strives to value, support, and reward effective student-centered teaching, and one of the ways it does so is by recognizing and celebrating faculty members who exemplify teaching excellence. CTE, on behalf of the Provost's office, administers four university-wide teaching awards, and works with the award winners to share innovative and effective ideas with the SMU teaching community.

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award

President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award 

Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award

Provost's Teaching Recognition Award


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    Altshuler Teaching Award

    The Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award annually recognizes four SMU faculty members for their notable commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. These are teachers whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own disciplines. Recipients receive a $10,000 award and membership in SMU's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

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    Fall Teaching Awards

    Each fall, we have the distinct honor of awarding three of our most prestigious teaching awards to deserving faculty across campus.

    The Golden Mustang Award is given to a tenure-track faculty member whose teaching is consistently excellent, whose courses reflect thoughtful curricular development, and whose scholarship makes a meaningful contribution to the discipline and to student learning.

    The President’s Associates Award honors tenured faculty members who have sustained high achievement as teachers and whose scholarship makes a meaningful contribution to student learning.

    The Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award honors full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a consummate dedication to teaching and learning. The non-tenure-track candidate must have taught credited courses full time for a minimum of five continuous years prior to his/her year of nomination.

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    The Center for Teaching Excellence, in partnership with Academic Technology Services, has created the Just-in-Time Teaching and Technology Grants. This program will provide small grants to faculty from across campus when they need it most — right before the semester starts.

    The goal of this grant program is to reduce the barriers for faculty acquiring needed materials or technology for their classrooms. We want to help by providing funding at a critical planning point for the semester.

    Additionally, after a very unusual 2020 year and as a response to your feedback, we are excited to announce a call for applications for Pedagogical Partner-Up Grants of $2,000 for full-time teaching faculty to participate in faculty-led learning pods focused on priority areas that emerged as topics from the faculty surveys. Each pod will serve as a nexus for faculty to enhance their own pedagogical knowledge while sharing with colleagues. Each pod will consolidate their learning to share information out with other faculty in late January and throughout the spring semester.