Distinguished Teaching Awards

The University encourages nominations for the highest and most prestigious teaching awards that Indiana University offers. The purpose of the awards is to call attention to the importance of teaching as well as to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of pedagogical activities. Awards are presented at the Celebration of Distinguished Teaching and Service, held each spring.

The names of award recipients who are regular faculty members are engraved on plaques in the Indiana Memorial Union. All recipients receive a cash award and a certificate.

The Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards grants four teaching awards to our faculty. Criteria and links are listed below.

  • The Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award is available to all faculty (regardless of rank or title) who have taught for a minimum of five years at Indiana University.
  • The Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award is available to all faculty (regardless of rank or title) who have taught for a minimum of five years at Indiana University.
  • The Sylvia E. Bowman Award is given to faculty who focus on some area of American civilization. The committee will only consider faculty (regardless of rank or title) who have taught for a minimum of five years at Indiana University.
  • The President's Award for Distinguished Teaching is available to all faculty (regardless of rank or title) who have taught for a minimum of five years at Indiana University.

In addition, the following Teaching Awards are also granted by the University:

  • The Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award is available to outstanding teachers among the university's graduate students.
  • The Part-Time Teaching Award calls attention to the importance of part-time teaching and recognizes part-time faculty who have demonstrated excellence.
  • The Thomas Ehrlich Service Learning Award is open to faculty members of all ranks and titles and honors those who have shown outstanding leadership in integrating community and public service into their curricula.
  • The President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology is open to faculty who have demonstrated a past and ongoing commitment to enhancing the classroom experience through the use of new technologies to encourage student learning, motivation, and creativity and whose work and scholarship uses technology to have a significant impact beyond their department and classroom.

Nominations may be made online no later than October 15, 2019. Visiting or emeritus faculty will not be considered for these awards.