Nominations Open for University College and General Education Awards

Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar

University College and the General Education program invite nominations for the 2020 Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar.  This monetary award honors a First Year Seminar instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made an impact on students' lives in the First Year Seminar classroom. Eligible faculty are those who have taught First Year Seminar (UCO 1200) in the Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semesters. 

Some examples of outstanding teaching in FYS include:

- Enthusiasm in the classroom

-Evidence of innovation in pedagogy

-Creation of a safe and open space in the classroom where students are free to take intellectual risks and form meaningful relationships

-Demonstrated competence and expertise in the subject matter of the course

-Connection of learning in the classroom to the life of the broader community

 If you would like to nominate your instructor, please send the name of the instructor and a statement of support to the University College Awards Committee at (  Your statement should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced, and provide specific examples that demonstrate why the nominee is deserving of this award. The deadline for nominations is February 3, 2020.   


Published: Jan 31, 2020 12:10pm