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Center for Faculty Excellence


Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching
The Apgar Award

Purpose

Apgar2.jpgThis award has been established to recognize, encourage, and reward faculty members at the Academy by supporting teaching projects that improve cadet learning. Donated by The Honorable Mahlon Apgar, IV, former Assistant Secretary of the Army, this cash award (usually between $300-$500, but it can be as high as $1,000) is presented along with the “Apgar medallion” which  serves as a memento of the recipient’s accomplishment. In addition, the recipient's name is placed on the Apgar award plaque (pictured) located in the Center for Faculty Excellence. Recipients' names and the titles of their projects are listed below.

Eligibility

Military and civilian faculty members who have taught at the Academy for one year or more are eligible for this Award. Preference will be given to junior faculty members whose projects show promise for affecting the largest number of learners and who have demonstrated promise as outstanding teachers, both in their impact on students in and outside the classroom and in their contributions to the art and methods of teaching. Click here for more information on the Apgar Award and its past recipients.

2016 Apgar Award Recipient
LTC Christopher Korpela, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and LTC Mike Saxon, Department of English and Philosophy; "Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems."
The Adams Award

Purpose

Adams.jpgThis award recognizes, encourages, and rewards faculty members at the Academy by supporting teaching projects that improve cadet learning. Made possible by the George F. Adam Endowment (donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Adam, Class of ’68) in support of the Center for Faculty Excellence at West Point, Adam Talent Fund Awards support faculty innovation in teaching by assisting faculty in the acquisition of resources and teaching technology, the major focus being to promote the use of technology for instruction. Thus, we not only provide support for faculty members who are engaged in developing projects, we also fund conference presentations that enhance the USMA’s reputation.
 
Eligibility
 
Military and civilian faculty members who have taught at the Academy for one year or more are eligible for this Award. Preference will be given to faculty members whose projects focus on or are greatly enhanced by the use of technology for instruction.

 


Adams Award Recipients

2016 - MAJ Mark Haseman, Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering  “Collaborative Completion of Homework Solutions Using Virtual White Board Technology”MAJ Mark Haseman, Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering  “Collaborative Completion of Homework Solutions Using Virtual White Board Technology”

2015 - COL James Ness, Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership  "Technology in Education: Meeting the Future Literacy & Numeracy needs of Society"

The Dean's Annual Award for Teaching Excellence

Purpose

Deans-Career.jpgThe Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching by any West Point faculty member with five years or less of teaching experience.  Recipients receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.

Teaching Award Nomination Guidance AY15-16.docxTeaching Award Nomination Guidance AY15-16.docx
 

The Dean’s Award for Career Teaching Excellence
recognizes careers of outstanding contributions to teaching by West Point faculty members.  Recipients receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.

Career Teaching Award Nomination Guidance AY15-16.docxCareer Teaching Award Nomination Guidance AY15-16.docx
 

Eligibility
 
Military and civilian faculty members who have five years or less of teaching experience at the college level, whether at West Point or at another institution of higher learning are eligible for The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Military and civilian faculty members who have six years or more of teaching experience at the college level, whether at West Point or at another institution of higher learning are eligible for the The Dean’s Award for Career Teaching Excellence.
Dean’s Annual Award for Teaching Excellence Recipients

2016 - MAJ Brodie Hoyer, (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

2015 - MAJ Scott Katalenich, (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Dean’s Annual Award for Career Teaching Excellence Recipients

2016 - Dr. Robert Tully, (Department of English and Philosophy)

2015 - Dr. Ruth Beitler, (Department of Social Sciences)

Dean’s Annual Award for Scholarship Excellence
Purpose   
 
DeansScholarship.jpgThis award recognizes outstanding contributions to scholarship by any West Point faculty member at the academic rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor.  The finalists and recipients will receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.
 
 
Eligibility 
 
All USMA faculty at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor.  
 
Scholarship 
 
Faculty scholarship is determined by whether a faculty member has:
  • Made an impact on their discipline, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense or other appropriate stakeholders.
  • Integrated their scholarly work into educating and inspiring cadets by advising undergraduate research projects or involving cadets in their scholarship.
  • Through scholarly activities, improved classroom learning experience(s), course(s), program/major, and/or the institution.

 

Dean’s Annual Award for Scholarship Excellence Recipients
2016 - MAJ Patrick Sullivan, (Department of Mathematics)
Dean’s Annual Award for Service Excellence

 Purpose  
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This award recognizes outstanding contributions to service by any West Point faculty member with five years or less of teaching experience.  Recipients receive recognition at the May Academic Luncheon and the Fall Academic Convocation.
 
 
Eligibility  
 
All USMA faculty who have five years or less of teaching experience at the college level, whether at West Point or at another institution of higher learning.  
 
Service 
 
DPOM 5-3 (Dean’s Policy and Operating Memorandum Procedures for Awarding Academic Titles) and the USMA Faculty Manual provide a definition for service as it applies to USMA faculty: “Service is participation in the governance of the academic departments and the Academy, professional outreach activities, and activities of the professional societies and organizations of the discipline.”  “[A]ll faculty members are expected to contribute to cadet development and service.  Service can be broadly interpreted to include community, Army, and the nation.”
 
Dean’s Annual Award for Service Excellence Recipients
 2016 - MAJ John Belanger, (Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences)