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Peltier Graduate Student Teaching Award

As a student-centered land grant research university, NDSU values excellent teaching, and graduate students make invaluable contributions to the support of undergraduate education at NDSU. The Peltier Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes outstanding achievement by graduate student teachers. Each spring, two awards of $500 each will be given to the successful finalists of the selection process described below.

Award Criteria

At the heart of good teaching is the engagement and inspiration of the learner. The Peltier Graduate Student Teaching Award seeks to recognize graduate student teachers who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to interest students in the subject they teach and to engage students in active learning. All graduate students who taught as primary instructor of a course or a lab are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Selection Process

Any NDSU student, staff, or faculty member can nominate an NDSU graduate student for a teaching award. Please use the nomination form to provide basic details and briefly address the following two questions (500 words or fewer):

  1. What was the class in which this graduate student was teaching? In what ways were you able to observe this graduate teacher?
  2. How did this graduate teacher engage students, for example by providing opportunities for active learning, encouraging them to persevere, or fostering critical thinking and independent learning?

Every nominee will have to submit

  1. A list of classes taught in the past 18 months      
  2. A statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 500 words; please see below)[i].      
  3. A short essay (no more than 500 words) reflecting on the class for which they were nominated and providing an example of one way in which they fostered active learning and student engagement in the class.


Nominees should have taught at NDSU within the previous 18 months. Nominations are requested by March 7, 2018. Nominees are required to submit supporting documents by March 19, 2018 . A selection committee will choose the awardees by April 6, 2018. Awards will be given in a ceremony on May 10, 2018.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will consist of five undergraduate student representatives, to be nominated by the Student Government, and one representative each from the Graduate Council, the University Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Student Council, and the Office of Teaching and Learning. The Selection Committee will be chaired by the Dean of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.

[i] A statement of teaching philosophy is a useful document for graduate students preparing to apply for positions involving teaching obligations. The Office of Teaching and Learning recommends preparing a statement of teaching philosophy and continuing to hone it as we grow as teachers. Guidance on how to prepare a statement of teaching philosophy can be found in many places; the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning provides a great starting point: .

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