UW Bothell Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) is presented each year to a UW Bothell faculty member in recognition of teaching that richly exemplifies the high standards at the heart of the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell. The DTA recipient will receive an honorarium, is recognized at the spring faculty recognition reception and at spring commencement, and is honored at the Awards of Excellence ceremony on the Seattle campus in June. Additionally, the recipient is traditionally the speaker at UW Bothell’s Convocation in September.

Selection process

The DTA selection committee, appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is chaired by a previous DTA recipient and includes at least three faculty members, a current student representative and an alumni representative. The committee follows a process. In short: after reviewing the nomination letters, the committee invites some or all nominees to submit a complete dossier of supporting materials. Based on consideration of dossiers, and criteria listed below a formal recommendation is made to the Vice Chancellor.

Criteria for selection

Criteria have been developed to help identify exceptionally meritorious teaching. Such teaching:

  • Exceeds the highest standards;
  • Exemplifies openness to a broad range of ethical and intellectual inquiry;
  • Has led students to academic and personal success;
  • Inspires and cultivates excellence in the achievements of all students;
  • Serves as a model of inspired and challenging teaching;
  • Stimulates and supports active and continuous learning.

These criteria are met in a variety of ways.  Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying effective and timely ways of assessing student learning to improve instruction as well as learning;
  • Being an accessible and effective mentor outside the classroom;
  • Challenging and expanding traditional ways of knowing;
  • Development of innovative teaching methods;
  • Deepening multicultural understanding
  • Demonstrating leadership in curriculum development within the teacher's own course offerings and at the program and cross-program levels;
  • Finding ways of enriching clinical experiences;
  • Incorporating current scholarship into course content;
  • Integration of multiple disciplines into one's teaching;
  • Offering independent studies and internships that consistently stimulate, inspire, and move beyond conventional expectations.


Please note, the DTA nomination process for the Seattle and Tacoma campuses are both separate and different, with earlier closing dates. Nominations submitted to the Seattle DTA site will not be forwarded to UW Bothell.

Nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Teaching Award are closed. Thank you for your nominations; the 2023 award cycle will begin in Autumn 2022.