Call for nominations: MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award

Feb. 12, 2020

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, April 10.

MU International Programs seeks outstanding faculty nominations for the inaugural Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 30, 2020.

This award recognizes the exceptional and meaningful work carried out by faculty in global teaching, student learning and curriculum design for MU faculty-led study abroad programs. This award is open to faculty in all academic disciplines.

Two awards will be presented this year. Each award includes a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 deposit toward the recipient’s teaching and education (professional development) account.

Nominations must clearly indicate the concrete impact made upon teaching, student learning and internationalization of curriculum and teaching methods by the nominee’s leadership of a faculty-led study abroad program.

As defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “Global teaching offers a critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability.” Specifically, nominations for the MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award should address the impact of the faculty nominee in supporting students through their study abroad experience to 1) become informed, open-minded and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences; 2) seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities; and 3) address the world’s pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.


Please gather the following materials in PDF format, then complete the online nomination form.

  • Descriptive narrative of two to three pages, written by the nominator/self-nominator on how the nominee has brought significant contributions to teaching, student learning and curriculum design for MU faculty-led study abroad programs
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of support — we encourage at least one to be from a student (former study abroad participant)
  • Supplemental materials supporting the nomination, such as course syllabus, publications, student testimonials or other evidence of the extent, depth and impact of the nominee’s contributions to teaching excellence in study abroad programs (maximum 10 pages)


All ranked faculty (including non-tenure track ranked faculty) are eligible for this award. Nominees must have led at least one MU study abroad program in the last five years.


Submit all required information and supporting documents through the online nomination form by 5 p.m. Monday, March 30.

Award recipients will be formally recognized at the annual, campus-wide Celebration of Teaching Week in May.