United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award

About the Awards

The University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, is conferred at colleges and universities historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church. The award recognizes outstanding scholars for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution.

Each year, the Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee selects a Methodist Award recipient who receives a $2,000 stipend.

The Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee consists of the Chair, a committee member from the previous year, a previous United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year, and previous Metcalf Prize and Award winners. The committee also includes two students: one Harold C. Case Scholarship winner and one Dean Elsbeth Melville Scholarship winner. Learn more about the committee here.

Letters of Nomination

Students, alumni, staff and members of the faculty at Boston University are invited to nominate candidates for the United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award. Nomination letters (about one page) should briefly detail how the candidate meets the criteria for the award. Individuals may nominate only one candidate per year.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award has now passed. The Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee will select a candidate to recommend to the Provost and the President to approve for the awards, which will be announced in spring 2018. Solicitations for nominations for the 2018 United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award will go out in the summer of 2017.

Criteria used to select winners of the United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award:

  1. The nominee’s record of ongoing, outstanding research, scholarship or creative activity.
  2. The nominee’s excellence as a teacher. Excellence in teaching requires mastery of the subject matter, successful strategies for challenging students and engaging them in ambitious learning; and thorough, thoughtful evaluation of student work.
  3. The nominee’s “dedication and contributions to the learning arts,” which may be evidenced by: range of courses taught; new curriculum and course development; pedagogical development or innovation; service on university, school/college or departmental curriculum committees; proposals for funding and funded grants for curricular or pedagogical development; pedagogy/teaching research; mentoring graduate students or new faculty members in course and pedagogical development.

Nominations of women and ethnic minorities are especially welcomed.

To be eligible, a faculty member must:

  • Have held a full-time, continuing appointment on the teaching faculty for not less than six semesters;
  • Be a current BU faculty member;
  • Not be currently under review for promotion or tenure;
  • Not be on sabbatical leave or leave of absence during the Spring semester of the current academic year;
  • Not be a previous winner of the United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award.

Lecturers are eligible.

Past Awardees:

Congratulations to the 2016 United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Awardee, Professor John Straub, Chemistry, CAS.