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Did you know that you can earn points toward a Faculty Commendation For Teaching Development just by attending the fantastic development opportunities put on by the TFSC?

New Faculty, defined as those with two years of service or less at the U of A, will be eligible each year for this commendation. Commendations will be presented based upon participation in New Faculty scheduled events sponsored by the Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center or events sponsored by the UA Teaching Academy. Ordinarily, New Faculty must teach at least two classes over the course of the academic year.  The average scores for the university core teaching evaluation questions must be 3.5 or better.  Points will be distributed as follows:

Total Possible

    Total Points Possible
1. Attending the New Faculty Orientation (entering faculty only) 25 points 25 points
2. Attending the eight sponsored New Faculty Lunches 10 points each 80 points
3. Attending the U of A Summer Teaching Camp (early August) 40 points 40 points
4. Participating in up to three other TFSC/TA events (e.g. book 10 points each club, mentoring program, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Baum Workshop, Winter Teaching Symposium, Cordes Chair Events, etc.) 30 points
  TOTAL:   175 points


  Total points possible Total points needed for commendation
First-year New Faculty:     175 105
Second-year New Faculty:     150    90
  • First-year faculty with 105 points or higher will be awarded the New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment.
  • Second-year faculty with 90 points or higher will be awarded the New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment.

The commendation will be framed and signed by the U of A Provost. The commendations will be presented to all New Faculty recipients at the annual Faculty Teaching Awards Reception.

Information from: Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center. (2018, October 2). Retrieved from New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment: