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Presidential Teaching Awards


 Established in 1996, the presidential awards honor the best of Columbia's teachers for the influence they have on the development of their students and their part in maintaining the University's longstanding reputation for educational excellence. They are conferred according to the criteria and procedures developed by separate faculty committees for the awards for faculty and graduate students.

The awards are designed to recognize the diverse forms that teaching may take in the different parts of the University. Therefore, anyone who holds a full- or part-time faculty appointment in one of the departments within the Columbia Corporation, other than student officers of instruction, is eligible for the faculty teaching award. Candidates for the graduate student instructor or teaching assistant awards must be appointed in an instructional role and currently enrolled in a degree program offered by one of the schools within the Columbia Corporation but do not need to be teaching in the year in which they are nominated. This award is bestowed as a once in a lifetime achivement. Past winners are not eligible to receive a second award.

 Each year, the President of the University writes to the Columbia community asking for nominations for the two awards. Individuals may submit nominations for faculty or graduate students by clicking on the links buttons below during the nominations period. Winners are announced at Commencement and Convocation ceremonies in May.

Faculty Awards
Graduate Student Awards

Faculty Nomination Form


Student Nomination Form