CoE Award for Excellence in Foundational Course Teaching


To recognize outstanding performance in teaching undergraduate foundational courses (defined as engineering courses at 100, 200 level that provide critical knowledge and skills for students in a discipline or across disciplines).

Eligibility and Criteria

Tenure/tenure-track or term faculty with a minimum of 3 (6 semesters) years of service at ISU prior to current academic year, who regularly (at least 50% of their teaching contributions) teach a foundational course. Must be ISU employees at the time of convocation (award ceremony).

Documented evidence of the ability to offer high-quality instruction in foundational courses, the ability to excite interest and involve students without compromising rigor, and the ability to enhance student performance in future courses in the engineering discipline.

Submission Requirements

Please combine documents into a single PDF file before submission.

  1. Nomination cover page (includes statement by department chair regarding PRS splits) and summary statement on candidate’s accomplishments and impact on student learning in foundational courses;
  2. CoE format Vita with info pertaining to teaching;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and accomplishment and impact of teaching on student learning in foundational courses (up to 4 pages);
  4. Evidence of excellence in teaching in foundational courses (e.g. student evaluations, comments, other evidence)
  5. Up to 3 letters from current and former students, as well as colleagues. When possible, comments from colleagues should reflect team teaching experiences, observations, or other first hand knowledge of the teaching performance.




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margaret mathison
Fall 2019, Margaret Mathison, associate teaching professor, mechanical engineering