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Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award

In recognition of SIOP members who demonstrate a sustained record of excellence in teaching, as revealed by excellence in the classroom or via Web-based teaching, student development, and community service via teaching.

The annual award will be given to an individual who has sustained experience in a full-time university/college tenure-track or tenured position(s) requiring substantial teaching responsibilities. There is no restriction on the specific courses taught, only that the courses concern perspectives or applications of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology. Nominations of individuals whose primary responsibilities lie in teaching undergraduates and terminal master’s students are encouraged.

The recipient of the award is given a plaque and a cash prize of $1,500. Award recipients will be asked to serve a three-year term as a reviewer on this award subcommittee beginning the following year.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.
  2. Only members of SIOP may be nominated for the award.
  3. A current vita of the nominee should accompany the letter of nomination. In addition, the nominator should include materials that illustrate the contributions of the nominee. Supporting letters may be included as part of the nomination packet. The number of supporting letters (not counting the nominating letter) for any given nomination should be between a minimum of three and a maximum of five.
  4. Letters of nomination, vita, and all supporting letters (including at least three and no more than five) or materials must be submitted online.
  5. The Distinguished Professional Contributions, Distinguished Scientific Contributions, Distinguished Service Contributions, and Distinguished Teaching Contributions Awards are intended to recognize a lifetime of achievement in each of their respective areas.
  6. Beginning in 2018, non-recipients of this award will not automatically be reconsidered the following year. If desired, the nominator may submit a new application for their nominee in subsequent years.

Criteria for the Award

Although evidence of teaching excellence is likely to come from the total of all courses that one teaches, evidence of excellence in teaching I-O psychology courses or related areas is expected. The criteria are flexible and may involve the following:

  1. Demonstration of excellence in teaching. Evidence for this might include course syllabi, lesson outlines, a statement of teaching philosophy, some form of student-evaluation criteria (e.g., ratings) or receiving an award for teaching, examples of innovative methods in the design and delivery of course content, a summary of courses taught within the last 3 years (include title and short description of course, along with number of students enrolled), descriptions of textbooks written, course handouts, letters from supervisor(s) or colleagues, and up to three letters of support from students.
  2. Demonstration of student accomplishments. Evidence for this would include papers or projects completed by students, students presenting papers at professional meetings or students subsequently publishing their work done with the teacher, stimulation of student research, awards or grants received by students, students pursuing further graduate work, successful placement of students in jobs or graduate programs, careers or internships achieved by students, and other student-oriented activities (e.g., undergraduate student accomplishments will be highly valued).
  3. Demonstration of excellence in teaching-related professional activities. Evidence for this might include publications of articles on teaching, memberships in teaching organizations, teaching awards and other forms of prior recognition, community presentations about topics related to industrial and organizational psychology, and attendance at professional meetings or workshops relevant to teaching.

The nomination should include (a) a current curriculum vitae, (b) a short biography, and (c) a maximum of 10 additional supporting documents, addressing the criteria above. 

Administrative Procedures

  1. The SIOP Awards Committee will review the letters of nomination and all supporting materials of all nominees and make a recommendation concerning one or more nominees to the SIOP Executive Board. Two or more nominees may be selected if their contributions are similarly distinguished.
  2. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
  3. In the absence of a nominee who is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and the Executive Board, the award may be withheld. 

Composition of the Committee

  • Must consist of a minimum of five current SIOP members
  • All committee members must have 7+ years of teaching experience, or previous winners of this award.
  • At least 3 committee members must teach at colleges or universities focused primarily on undergraduate or master’s level education.
  • Diversity of all types is encouraged, including non-U.S. based members.


Updated: 16 October 2018