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Distinguished Teaching Award

2013-2014  Nomination Period is Now Closed

The Distinguished Teaching Award was established to recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching at Cal Poly.  Given the mission of the University, this prestigious award represents an enormous honor to those selected to receive it.   The award is especially significant since only students and alumni – those who have been touched by the faculty – are eligible to submit nominations. The rigorous evaluation process is conducted by peer faculty members and is based on reviews of written documentation and extensive in-class visitations.   The University takes great pride in thanking award winners at several important public events, highlighting the crucial role that great teaching plays at Cal Poly.

Any student or alumnus may submit one or more nominations, which includes the professor's name, department, and a supporting statement containing evidence of merit based upon criteria below.


Criteria for the award:

  • content and quality of material presented
  • teaching procedures that contribute to student interest, enthusiasm, achievement, and that stimulates thinking
  • techniques that show excellence in teaching
  • innovative instructional approaches
  • a high degree of interaction with students
  • high personal and professional standards
  • clear and well-organized activities, lectures, or labs
  • concern for individual student success
  • fair, rigorous methods for evaluating students' progress, evidence of significant professional development as it relates to teaching excellence

Please Note:

Only full time tenured faculty members teaching during this academic year who have not previously won the award are eligible.

To nominate, students must have a university email account in their name and indicate their major, email address, and a telephone number for verification.

The Distinguished Teaching Award is supported financially by the Cal Poly Alumni Association

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Seth Bush

Chemistry & Biochemistry, CSM

Jaymie Noland

Animal Science, CAFES

Dylan Retsek

Mathematics, CSM


Previous Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients

List of faculty members who are currently teaching/not eligible
Armstrong, Mary Bailey, Christina Ball, Stephen Barnes, Timothy Bergman, Sky
Brown, Ronald Burgunder, Lee Clark, Kevin Cotkin, George Davies, Thomas
DeJong, Alvin DeNatale, Jay DePiero, Fred Devore, Jay di Santo, Thomas
Duffy, Bernard Duffy, Susan Fahs, Michael Fitzhenry, William Frayne, Colette
Geringer, Michael Gragson, Derek Greenwald, Harvey Halisky, Linda Hallock, Brent
Hampsey, John Headrick, David Jankay, Pater Johnson, William Jones, Dane
Kantorowski, Eric Keeling, David Keeling, Elena Keil, Dave Lucas, Michael
Maas, Donald MacCurdy, Carol Machamer, Josh Marx, Steven McLamore, Alyson
Miller, Charles "Tad" Miller, Michael B Moelter, Matt Mueller, James Mullisen, Ronald
Nakamura, Raymond Nelson, Yarrow Pedersen, Mary Preston, William Ritter, Matt
Russell, Craig Ryujin, Donald Scriven, Talmage Shani, Abraham Slem, Charles

Smidt, Bob

Staley, Clint Taylor, Emily Taylor, Kevin J Toker, Umut
Van Draanen, Nanine Vanasupa, Linda Zohns, Mark