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 and advance The New School's mission and vision through their remarkable capacity to inspire critical engagement with ideas and with the world. 

Congratulations to the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award winners

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

Eligibility and Criteria

Full-time faculty members who have completed at least six 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 or AFM Local 802 part-time faculty with a minimum of 6 semesters of classroom appointments.

Previous winners of the award are not eligible.

Please 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.


Recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award demonstrate recent and sustained excellence in teaching. Their teaching exemplifies The New School’s mission: to prepare students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, and thus make the world a better and more just place. In addition to supporting the program’s and university’s goals through clear pedagogical practices, assignments and assessment methods, and supporting students’ success, we particularly value the following:

  • History of offering courses that are intellectually and/or creatively rigorous and challenging and the ability to stimulate intellectual excitement and to motivate students to learn
  • Use of innovative, creative, and progressive pedagogical approaches in teaching style, evaluation methods, and/or course design that have enhanced student learning
  • Learner-centered pedagogical approaches
  • Emphasis on social engagement, teaching students to become critically engaged citizens
  • Promotion of a wide range of ideas and of a classroom climate that supports the open expression of diverse opinions and is responsive to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Critically reflective teaching practices and continual assessment and improvement of teaching
  • Engagement and sustained relationships with students outside of the course experience

Nominate a Faculty Member—Deadline Extended!

To nominate a faculty member for a Distinguished Teaching Award, fill out this nomination form by December 10, 2014. Nominations are accepted year-round; nominations received after the closing date will be considered in the next awards cycle.

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