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Diversity in the Classroom Award

Nominations for the 2017-18 award are now closed. For questions or concerns, please contact Meagan.Crews@unco.edu. This award is given by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Advisory Board on a competitive basis. Winners will receive an honorarium of $500 for professional development from the college and will be recognized at the annual HSS Honors Convocation.

Award Criteria

The Diversity in the Classroom Award may be awarded to HSS faculty who, in a given HSS course, excelled in any or all of the following areas:

  • demonstrating inclusive teaching philosophies and practices;
  • consistently incorporating diversity into their curriculum;
  • enhancing students’ understanding of diversity broadly in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, ability, age, religion, region, sexuality, class, etc.;
  • maintaining a comfortable classroom atmosphere that helps students express diverse views; and
  • encouraging learning about and appreciating diversity beyond the classroom.

Guidelines for Supporting Materials

Nominees for the Diversity in the Classroom Award are requested to submit a short (maximum 500 words) narrative summarizing how their teaching addresses the relevant criteria electronically to Meagan.Crews@unco.edu. Nominees should also update their CV in Digital Measures (for full-time faculty) or include an updated CV with their narrative (for part-time faculty) by the submission deadline. 

*Courses in HSS include those taught in …

  • Africana Studies (AFS)
  • Anthropology (ANT)
  • Asian Studies (ASIA)
  • Chinese (CHIN)
  • Communication Studies (COMM)
  • Criminal Justice (CRJ)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • English (ENG)
  • Film (FILM)
  • Foreign Language (FL)
  • French (FR)
  • Gender Studies (GNDR)
  • Geography (GEOG)
    German (GER)
  • Hispanic Studies (HISP)
  • History (HIST)
  • Humanities (HUM)
  • Japanese (JAPN)
  • Journalism and Media Studies (JMS)
  • Mexican American Studies (MAS)
  • Multicultural Studies (MCS)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Political Science (PSCI)
  • Social Science (SOSC)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • Spanish (SPAN)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Members of the HSS Diversity Advisory Board are not eligible for nominations. Members include: Christine Marston, Christiane Olivo, and Christine Talbot. Past winners will not be eligible to receive the Diversity in the Classroom Award within 4 years of winning previous award. Past winners include Travis Boyce (2014-15), and Harmony Newman (2015-16) and Karen Barton (2016-17). GA’s & TA’s are not eligible to receive the award.