Junior Faculty Teaching Award

2021 Junior Faculty Teaching Award

The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) calls for nominations for its ninth annual CLASP Junior Faculty Teaching Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching Latin American Studies designated courses. Tenured faculty members are not eligible. Nominees in tenure-track positions, visiting or adjunct professors, and instructors/lecturers are eligible. Graduate students are not eligible. Nominees must have a Ph.D., and they must be currently teaching at a CLASP member institution. Nominations should come from senior or supervising faculty or administrators. However, self-nominations are also accepted, but at least three professional references must be included in the self-nomination letter. The nominator (or self-nominator) should briefly provide clear and convincing evidence of the following:

1. Outstanding teaching effectiveness, including pedagogical style and student success stories.
2. Contributions to the Latin American Studies program and/or the Department.
3. Involvement in the wider community, including professional associations and participation in service activities.
4. Incorporation of own academic research and field experiences into the classroom.

Nominees must provide a current CV and a Statement of Teaching Philosophy. Nominees are encouraged to address how they adapted their teaching to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Statement of Teaching Philosophy or nomination letter.

The CLASP Teaching Committee and former winners will evaluate the nominations. The finalists will be asked to provide the contact information of two current or former students. These students may be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness in a short recommendation letter. Nominations are accepted through March 15th, 2021.

Email the nomination letter to Vincent T. Gawronski, Chair of the Teaching Committee: vgawrons@bsc.edu

The winner will be announced at the CLASP Business Meeting at the Latin American Studies Association International Virtual Congress (May 26-29, 2021). The winner receives an engraved trophy and $500 and will be asked to participate in future selection processes and contribute to the Teaching Resources on the CLASP website.