Kimble First-year Teaching Award

The Kimble First-Year Teaching Award, named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies, and administered by the Teaching Engagement Program. The award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate student instructors who have demonstrated a commitment to professional development and reflective practice. The annual prizes typically are awarded to one first-time lab or discussion section leader and to one first-time sole instructor.  


Applicants must complete the following requirements:  

  • Attend one of TEP’s teacher trainings (Leading Discussion Sections or Leading Labs or Teaching as a Sole Instructor) or at least two TEP workshops or department-based or other comparable UO teacher trainings for instruction in higher education. If you did not attend training through TEP, please submit a description of the teacher training you attended, including the number of hours and curriculum for the training. 
  • Submit results of a student midterm feedback survey and end-of-term student ratings summary evaluation (including student comments) for one course (or section or lab) taught during the 2018-19 academic year. More information about various options for administering a midterm feedback survey can be found here.
  • Submit a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max.). Helpful information about writing a statement of teaching philosophy can be downloaded here.
  • In addition, we advise that all applicants view the criteria used to assess teaching philosophy statements.

Please complete the online application form on GradWeb. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28, 2019. Applications will be reviewed during the summer. Please send only the materials requested; additional materials will not be considered. 

For questions about this award or application materials, please contact Jason Schreiner at 541-346-3484 or via email at


All UO Graduate Employees who are teaching for the first time at a post-secondary institution, either as first-time section or lab leaders or first-time sole instructors or co-instructors, during the 2018-19 academic year are eligible to apply.  

Note for Graduate Students with Financial Aid
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.