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 2018-2019 academic year are: 

  • Vicky Shah, Co-Chair
  • Justin Matus, Co-Chair
  • Tyisha Williams
  • Laura Skoronski
  • Edward Bednarz
  • Alexandra Panek, 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 for their excellence in teaching and student-centered research/projects at Wilkes University.

Eligible persons include faculty members who have been full time employees of the university for at least seven years. Nominations are made by department chair, dean, or another faculty member. The nominator must provide a letter/statement of support that cannot exceed three pages.

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. Award winner will serve as the keynote speaker for the Wilkes University Winter Commencement

Nominees must submit a portfolio, focusing on their excellence in teaching and student-centered research/projects. The portfolio must include, but not limited to:

  • A statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy and student-centered research/project philosophy.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • 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 seven years.
  • The chairperson's evaluations of the nominee for the preceding seven years; (or dean, if chairperson is a nominee).
  • All student response surveys (SRS) for the preceding seven years.
  • Alumni comments on the nominee, if available.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

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 award ceremony.

Nominations are made by the students, faculty or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their teaching philosophy.
  • A statement of teaching innovation that highlights the innovative approach(es) in comparison to traditional teaching methods. Additional 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. Statement highlighting innovative approach in comparison to traditional teaching methods.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • All student response surveys (SRS) and evaluations completed during the class/activity conducted.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

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 are made by faculty, department chairs or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement from each member of the team on how the interdisciplinary activities support the team's teaching philosophy.
  • Syllabus and assignments created by the nominees for the courses or projects for which they are nominated.
  • All student response surveys (SRS) from each nominee for the course in which the interdisciplinary activities were assigned.
  • A curriculum vitae from each nominee.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

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 and demonstrates outstanding initiatives in and/or outside of the classroom. Nominations are made by students, faculty, department chairs or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A teaching philosophy.
  • A personal statement discussing your advising philosophy and service.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • 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).
  • All student response surveys (SRS).
  • Advising activities.
  • Examples of service to the university/department, your profession and to the community.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

The outstanding advisor award is given annually to recognize one outstanding advisor for each college, school, or University College.

Nominations are made by students.

Nominees must submit:

  • An advising philosophy statement.
  • Description of advising load that includes examples showcasing how the nominee has gone beyond the traditional role to be considered an outstanding advisor.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

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 are made by students, faculty, department chairs or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • 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 surveys (SRS) from the last two academic years for the courses associated with the award.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

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. Unfortunately, nominations cannot be accepted posthumously.

Nominations are made by Wilkes’ alumni. In the provided area for the letter of support, alumni must provide their graduation year, e-mail address, the name and department of nominee (professor), and a statement that describes how the nominee continues to serve as a mentor.

Nominees must submit:

  • An alumni advising philosophy statement that provides examples of how the nominee continues to serve as an advisor.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

The academic support award recognizes full-time, non-faculty support personnel who facilitate classroom activities, laboratory activities or coordination of experiential learning opportunities. Nominees must demonstrate leadership and have a direct impact on student learning.

All full-time, non-faculty, support personnel at Wilkes are eligible for the award. Nominations are made by faculty, department chairs, deans, students or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement describing how they provide academic support and the impact it has on students at Wilkes.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

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 are made by students, faculty or department chair.

Nominees must submit:

  • A teaching philosophy.
  • Syllabi and teaching materials.
  • All student response surveys (SRS).
  • A curriculum vitae.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Awarded to a member of the faculty who demonstrates commendable success in the area of research and scholarly activity within the past five years that influences Wilkes University and its students.

All full and part-time members of the faculty and staff who conduct their own research are eligible for nomination. Nominations are made by deans, department chairs, faculty or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their research and scholarship philosophy.
  • A statement explaining student involvement and the broader impact of your research.
  • Copies of published works for the last 5 years.
  • A description of current research or scholarly work.
  • Grant proposals (accepted or rejected) for the last 5 years.
  • Reviewers’ comments for all submitted grant proposals.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Nominations will open on January 7th, 2019. Nomination letters should be submitted online, using this form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, February 8, 2019


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