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Pedagogy Award Criteria
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Award Criteria

The following three areas will be weighed by the Pedagogy Award Committee, with the acknowledgment that equal work in all three areas is not necessarily expected. While a balance of outstanding teaching practice, influential pedagogical materials, and effective service to the field is optimal, instances may exist in which exceptional work in one of the first two areas will be considered appropriate for conferral of the award. Outlined below are guidelines rather than fixed criteria.  

The nominee may demonstrate evidence of outstanding achievement in some but not necessarily all of the following areas:

1.  Instruction
  • engaging student interest within the day-to-day workings of the large or small group undergraduate or graduate classroom
  • designing imaginative and/or innovative assignments, lessons, lectures encouraging and nurturing student scholarship and/or production
  • encouraging and influencing minority, deprived, or challenged students
  • mentoring students effectively through thesis, dissertation, internship, or production supervision
  • instructing and mentoring graduate teaching assistants in their own classroom methodology and practice
  • providing educational outreach to teachers at the secondary and elementary levels in an attempt to extend cinema and media education beyond the university
  • developing programs (courses, workshops, seminars, tutorials) to improve teaching in the field at any or all levels
  • providing support for graduates and junior faculty as they become professionalized in the classroom and the field
  • providing opportunities beyond the classroom for students to engage with cinema, television, and new media and with scholarship in those areas (fieldtrips, media clubs, film and media series, speakers series, etc.)
  • extending cinema and media education to the larger university and the community beyond 

2. Publication and Development of Educational Materials·         

  • authoring or co-authoring influential textbook(s) for use in the graduate, undergraduate, or secondary cinema and media studies classroom
  • authoring or co-authoring influential books or essays on pedagogy, teaching methodology, and/or practice in the field
  • creating useful digital materials to aid in cinema and media pedagogy
  • producing quality educational films, videos, or digital materials for use in the graduate, undergraduate, or secondary cinema and media studies classroom
  • designing influential web-based instructional resources and/or research instruments for use in cinema and media studies 

3. Service/Value in Cinema and Media Studies Pedagogy


The nominee should include evidence of strong contributions in several but not necessarily all of the following areas:
  • leading or participating in panels or workshops devoted to cinema and media studies pedagogy
  • developing curriculum in cinema and media studies locally or beyond
  • designing courses in cinema and media studies locally or beyond
  • participating in educational planning and/or policy making in the field
  • serving on professional policy committees devoted to cinema and media pedagogy 

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