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Distinguished Pedagogy Award

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018, 5:00PM CT.


SCMS confers an annual Pedagogy Award for outstanding pedagogical achievement in Cinema and Media Studies.  The Pedagogy Award Committee adjudicates nominations according to criteria of pedagogical achievement in some or all of the following areas: Instruction; Publication and Development of Educational Materials; Service/Value in Cinema and Media Studies Pedagogy. SCMS will present a trophy and a check for $500 to the winner at the annual conference.  

For award criteria, click here, and then access the nomination form.

General Instructions and Timeline

Nominees and nominators must be full members of the Society for the 2017-2018 membership year. Supporting letters may come from non-members. Nominees may be from teaching colleges, R1 universities, Community College, or other higher education institutions. They may be full-time, part-time, contingent, or recently retired faculty members. Nominations may cover lifetime teaching achievements or focus on achievements or innovations during a specific time period. Members of SCMS may self-nominate for this award.

  • The SCMS office will verify the eligibility of the entry and verify membership before distributing copies to the committee members. Nominators or nominees complete the online nomination form by July 31, 2018, 5:00PM CT.
  • The SCMS office notifies nominees by August 15, 2018. In the case of persons nominated by others, nominees must accept or decline the nomination by September 5, 2018.
  • If the nomination is accepted, the nominator and nominee are responsible for compiling and sending an electronic copy of the dossier to the SCMS Office at by November 5, 2018, (5:00PM CT) with the subject line PEDAGOGY DOSSIER.

Dossier Guidelines

Table of Contents (1 page 12 point Times):

  1. Curriculum vitae: maximum five pages. May include some but not necessarily all of the following: educational background; teaching positions held; courses taught (including optional brief descriptions); awards, grants; publications; service. All material listed in the C.V., should be related to pedagogy. An example of a successful dossier is available upon request to
  2. Nominee's statement: maximum 750 words (3 pages 12pt Times). Statement should answer the questions: How do I teach? Why do I teach?
  3. Nomination summary statement (by nominator or by nominee if self-nominated): maximum 1250 words (5 pages 12pt Times). Summarizes the nominee’s accomplishments and provides overview of supporting documents.

Supporting documents may include all or some of the following:

  • letters from students and colleagues
  • evidence of classroom, curricular, or syllabus innovation;
  • exposure of graduate students to research opportunities;
  • mentorship and advising of students;
  • writing or editing of publications on pedagogy or that assist with an understanding of the links between media and pedagogy;
  • evidence of media literacies;
  • working towards inclusiveness in the classroom and on campus. 

In addition, on July 20th, SCMS Board member Miranda Banks and SCMS Board treasurer Bambi Haggins held a Facebook video event to discuss the Distinguished Pedagogy Award process and expectations for a successful dossier. The archived event video can be found here.

Past winners of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Pedagogy Award:

2007     Chuck Kleinhans
2008     Diane Carson
2009     Barry Grant
2010     No Award Given
2011     Charles Wolfe
2012     Marsha Cassidy
2013     Constance Balides
2014     Timothy Corrigan
2015     Matthew Bernstein
2016     Eylem Atakav

2017     Ellen Seiter
2018     John T. Caldwell

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