Boston University Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award

About the Award

Boston University’s Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding scholars who excel as teachers inside and outside the classroom and who contribute to the art and science of teaching and learning. Each year, the Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee selects one Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award winner who receives a stipend of $5,000. The award is conferred at the annual Celebration of Teaching, Research, and Scholarship. 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 Provost’s 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 for submitting nominations for the 2020 Boston University’s Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award is Friday, October 4, 2019. The call for nominations for the 2021 Boston University’s Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award will go out in mid July of 2020, and again at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester. If you have any questions about the Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, please email the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at apunderg@bu.edu.


Criteria used to select winners of the Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award:

  • The nominee’s record of ongoing outstanding research, scholarship or creative activity.
  • The nominee’s excellence as a teacher. Excellence in teaching requires: mastery of the subject matter; successful strategies for challenging students at all levels, and engaging them in ambitious learning; creation of a learning environment that benefits from the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and knowledge of students and faculty; and thorough, thoughtful evaluation of student work.
  • The nominee’s dedication and contributions to the art and science of learning, 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; participation in faculty learning communities around pedagogical or curricular development; pedagogy/teaching research; proposals for funding and funded grants for curricular or pedagogical development; mentoring graduate students or new faculty members in course and pedagogical development.

To be eligible, a faculty member must:

Lecturers are eligible.