Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognize excellence in undergraduate instruction by faculty members in their early academic careers. The awards were established in 1988 by the Richard B. Russell Foundation to honor Richard B. Russell, a distinguished Georgian and university alumnus who had a love for new knowledge and appreciation of our nation's youth.

Three (3) Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are presented each year. Awardees receive a $5,000 cash award from the Richard B. Russell Foundation. The awards will be presented during UGA Honors Week at the Faculty Recognition Banquet.

For a list of previous Russell Award recipients, please click here.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the award will be limited to tenure-track faculty engaged in undergraduate instruction who have been at the University a minimum of three years at the time of the actual award and who have been in a tenure track position for a total of no more than ten years. That is, nominees must be in no later than their tenth tenure track year totaled across all academic institutions served.

Past awardees are not eligible for nomination.

Process

Each college may submit to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost one nomination per year with the exceptions that the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences may forward six nominations per year and the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Business, Education, and Veterinary Medicine may each forward two nominations per year.

No more than one award will be made in a single year to faculty nominated from a single department.

The mechanism by which nominees are selected within colleges will be determined by the respective deans but the process must include a review by a designated faculty committee. In addition, any department wishing to make a nomination for consideration by the College should have its own internally designated committee to advise the department head in selection of the faculty member to be nominated.

At the completion of the college/school selection process, the dean will submit to the Office of the Provost three (3) copies of the nominee’s dossier which will include:

  1. A written statement prepared by the department head (or dean when appropriate) addressing the nominee's teaching excellence
  2. The nominee’s resume
  3. An appendix of supporting documentation that typically will include a summary of student classroom evaluations, supporting letters from colleagues and students, and other pertinent information

The dossier must not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in its total length (that is, including all materials, exclusive of the cover page) with a typeface no smaller than 11 point font size. Dossiers exceeding this length shall not be considered. Dossiers are not to be placed in folders or binders – staple each copy in the upper left-hand corner. Pages, excluding the cover page, must be numbered.

Persons involved in preparing dossiers are advised to review sample dossiers maintained by the Office of the Provost. To review dossiers, contact David Dodson by email (ddodson@uga.edu) or telephone (542-0015). Questions concerning the proper dossier form are encouraged and should be directed to David Dodson.

Selection

A committee comprised of seven senior faculty members, two undergraduate students, and a representative from the Russell Foundation will make the selections. The faculty members will be chosen by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost from nominations solicited from the Deans.

Three (3) copies of each nominee's dossier will be due in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost by Friday, November 22, 2013.

Dossiers should be submitted to:
David Dodson
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
205 Administration Building