Distinguished Teaching Award

Every year, the university recognizes a group of faculty members who have been nominated by their students and colleagues as Distinguished University Teachers. These faculty members embody the highest standards for teaching. Above all, they demonstrate a passion for teaching and a remarkable capacity to impart knowledge and inspire critical engagement with ideas and with the world.

Congratulations to the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award winners. These faculty members will be presented with their awards at Commencement on May 23, 2014

  • Richard Rosenfeld, Parsons The New School for Design
  • Carlos Teixeira, Parsons The New School for Design
  • Alba Quezada, The New School for Drama

We are also pleased to present the first ever Award for Outstanding Achievements in Diversity and Social Justice Teaching, which will be given at Commencement to

  • Erica Kohl-Arenas, The New School for Public Engagement

Eligibility and Criteria

Full-time faculty members who have completed at least four semesters of teaching at The New School.

Part-time faculty members whose status is Post-Probationary, Annual, Multi-year, or Grandparented as defined in the ACT-UAW contract.

Previous winners of the award are not eligible.

Note: You are welcome to nominate a faculty member whose eligibility status you do not know. All nominations will be reviewed and only eligible faculty members will be moved to the next stage of the process.


The sole criterion for the Distinguished Teaching Award is recent and sustained excellence in teaching. Teaching excellence can be demonstrated by a wide array of qualities. The characteristics listed below are suggestive rather than exhaustive.

Impact and involvement with students through

  • Innovative and creative pedagogical approaches in teaching style, evaluation methods, and/or course design
  • Ability to stimulate intellectual excitement and to motivate students
  • Knowledge of subject and continuous growth in the field
  • History of offering courses that are intellectually and/or creatively rigorous and challenging
  • Promotion of a wide range of ideas and of a classroom climate that supports the open expression of diverse opinions
  • Responsiveness to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Openness and receptiveness to different learning styles and approaches
  • Maintaining an atmosphere of integrity, civility, and respect in the classroom/studio/lab
  • Providing support, encouragement, and inspiration
  • Accessibility in and beyond the classroom
  • Thoughtful mentoring and guidance of student projects

Impact and involvement with the curriculum and pedagogy more broadly:

  • Ongoing professional development as a teacher
  • Well-articulated teaching philosophy and insight into the learning process
  • Advocating for quality teaching
  • Participating with colleagues to further student learning
  • Willingness to work across divisional boundaries
  • Support of multidisciplinary approaches to subject matter

Nominate a Faculty Member

To nominate a faculty member for a Distinguished Teaching Award, fill out this nomination form by October 15, 2013.  Nominations received after October 15 will be considered in the next awards cycle.


For more information contact:
Carolyn Comiskey, Director of Assessment and Curricular Support
Office of the Provost
212.229.8947 x2758

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