Wilkes University

Teaching Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC)

The Teaching Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC) oversees nine awards, announced to the Faculty and Staff at the annual TREC Awards Ceremony.

TREC is a committee comprised of elected members of the Faculty at Wilkes University. The committees responsibilities include:

  • Monitor and recommend changes in procedures for gathering information on the teaching effectiveness and other areas of Faculty evaluation.
  • Coordinate and recommend procedures for selection of annual awards.
  • Evaluate and nominate candidates for the awards listed below.
  • Plan and host the annual TREC Awards Ceremony 

The Teaching Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC) members for the 2017-2018 academic year are:

  • Lori Cooper, Co-Chair
  • Vicky Shah, Co-Chair
  • Rafael Garcia
  • Edward Schicatano
  • Tyisha Williams
  • Alanah Guerrero, Student Government Representative
*Members of TREC are not eligible to receive any of the awards offered by the Teacher Recognition & Effectiveness Committee.

TREC Awards

The Carpenter Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding faculty member at Wilkes University. Carpenter Award winners will receive a plaque, framed certificate, and $1,000 increase to base salary. The name of the recipient is inscribed on a permanent plaque located in the Eugene S. Farley Library.

Eligible persons include faculty members who have been full time employees of the University for at least three years. Nominations may come from self, Faculty, Department Chairs, or Deans at Wilkes University. A supporting one to three page letter/statement from the nominator should accompany each nomination.

Nominees should submit a teaching portfolio, focusing on their excellence in teaching. Teaching portfolio items may include, but are not limited to:

  • A statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy.
  • Syllabi and assignments created by the nominee for courses which he or she is primarily responsible for teaching or coordinating.
  • Information of the nominee's involvement in student research and/or independent projects.
  • The nominee's self-evaluation reports for the preceding three years.
  • Chairperson's evaluations of the nominee for the preceding three years; (or Dean, if chairperson is a nominee).
  • Student response data for the preceding three years.
  • Alumni comments on the nominee, if available.

The Innovative/Non-traditional Teaching Award is given annually to recognize a Faculty member who successfully incorporates innovative and/or non-traditional strategies into at least one of her or his classes.

All full- and part-time faculty at Wilkes are eligible for consideration. The nominated Faculty member must be a current employee of the University at the time of the Awards Ceremony. Nominations are made by the students at Wilkes University.

Nominees should submit a packet including a personal statement of their teaching philosophy and examples of teaching innovation (i.e. course syllabi, projects that engage students, effective small group teaching strategies, collaborative methods, advanced use of technology in the classroom, consistent student-centered, interactive classroom, etc.). The examples should demonstrate how the Faculty member attempts to engage students in learning experiences that enrich mastery of concepts/theories and joint faculty-student research projects.

The Interdisciplinary Teaching Award is given annually to recognize one cross-disciplinary team of teachers that demonstrates outstanding initiatives in the classroom to further the ideals of interdisciplinary learning.

Eligibility is open to all full-time and part-time faculty who have been engaged in an interdisciplinary project, course pairing, or cross-disciplinary team teaching in the academic year in which they are considered for the award. Nominations should be made by self, Faculty, or Department Chair.

Nominees should submit a packet that includes:

  • A personal statement of how interdisciplinary activities supports the team's teaching philosophy.
  • Syllabus and assignments created by the nominees for the courses or projects for which they are nominated.

Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 17, 2017.

The Outstanding New Faculty Award is given annually and recognizes the outstanding contributions of a junior member of the Wilkes University Faculty

Eligibility is limited to all full-time and part-time faculty members who are non-visiting Faculty in his or her second or third year of full-time or part-time teaching at Wilkes University who demonstrates outstanding initiatives in and/or outside of the classroom. Nominations are made by faculty or Department Chairs.

Nominees should submit a packet including a personal statement of their teaching philosophy and evidence of excellence in teaching, advising, and service. Evidence should/may include:

  • Syllabi and assignments created by the nominee for courses which he or she is primarily responsible for teaching or coordinating.
  • Self-evaluation reports
  • Chair evaluations (a Dean's evaluation may be submitted in place of a Chair's evaluation)
  • Student Response Survey reports
  • Advising activities
  • Examples of service to the University

The Outstanding Advisor Award is given annually to recognize one outstanding academic advisor for each College or School.

All academic advisors are eligible. Nominations should be made by members of the Student Body.

Nominees should submit a packet that includes:

  • An advising philosophy statement.
  • Description of advising load.

The Multiculturalism Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding faculty member who demonstrates leadership in the advancement of multiculturalism ideals in the classroom.

All full- and part-time faculty are eligible for the award. Nominations should be made by self, Student, Faculty, or Department Chairs at the University.

Nominees should submit a packet including the following:

  • A personal statement of how multiculturalism supports their teaching philosophy and evidence of integrating issues of multiculturalism into the curriculum.
  • Syllabi and assignments created by the nominee for courses which he or she is primarily responsible for teaching or coordinating.
  • Student Response Survey reports from the the last two academic years.
The Alumni Mentoring Award if given annually to a Faculty Member who demonstrates excellence in maintaining Wilkes' mentoring culture with University alumni.

All Faculty are eligible for the award, though nominations cannot be accepted posthumously.

Nominations are accepted from University alumni and should include the following information:

  • Name of Nominator
  • Graduation Year
  • E-mail address
  • Name and Department of Nominee (professor)
  • Testimony (i.e. How has this professor continued to serve as a mentor beyond your years at Wilkes?)

The Academic Support Award is given annually to recognize a member of the Wilkes University staff who facilitates classroom or experiential initiatives and learning among students. The Academic Support Award recognizes full-time, non-faculty support personnel who facilitate classroom or experiential initiatives and learning among students. Academic support is defined as an individual who is not on Faculty at Wilkes, but participates in educational offerings including classroom activities, laboratory activities, or coordination of experiential learning opportunities. Nominees should demonstrate leadership and initiative in educational experiences, whether classroom-related or experiential and have a direct impact on student learning.

All full-time, non-faculty, support personnel at Wilkes are eligible for the award. Nominations should be made by Faculty, Department Chairs, or Deans.

Nominees should submit a packet that includes a personal statement regarding their role in the educational process at Wilkes.

Awarded to an Adjunct Faculty instructor annually who demonstrates excellence in teaching through innovative practices, forming relationships with students, and/or contributing to the School/University.

Instructors at the University designated Adjunct Faculty are eligible for nomination. Nominations will be accepted from the student body or Department Chair who supervises the Adjunct Faculty member.

Nominees should submit a packet including a personal statement of their teaching philosophy and examples of course syllabus, teaching materials, and/or Student Response Survey forms. *The TREC committee will solicit a statement from their department chair to state that the nominee is in good standing with the department.

Awarded to a member of the Faculty who demonstrates commendable success in the area of research and scholarly activity that influences Wilkes University and its students.

All full and part-time member of the Faculty and staff who conduct their own research are eligible for nomination. Nominations will be accepted from Deans, Chairs, and members of the Faculty and staff. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Nominees should submit a packet including:

  • A personal statement of their research and scholarship philosophy
  • Copies of published works for the last 5 years
  • A description or excerpt from current research or scholarly work
  • Grant proposals (accepted or rejected) for the last 5 years

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