Robert Foster Cherry Award: Winner will receive a prize of $250,000


November 1, 2012
Nomination deadline

Robert Foster Cherry Award is designed to acknowledge great teachers. Moreover, this award also encourages discussion in the academy about the value of teaching and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers.

The winner of the Cherry Award will receive a prize of $250,000 and will also get the opportunity to teach in residence at Baylor University during the 2014 fall or 2015 spring semester; travel expenses and a furnished apartment will be provided. To further Baylor University’s commitment to great teaching, the winner’s home department will receive $25,000.

There will be three finalists chosen from the field of nominees. Nominations should correspond with academic units engaged in undergraduate teaching at Baylor. Each finalist will receive $15,000 and will be invited to present a series of lectures at Baylor University in the fall of 2013. Finalists will present a Cherry Award Lecture on their home campuses as well. In addition to this, the home department of the finalists will receive $10,000 to foster the development of pedagogical skills. The winner of the Cherry Award, announced in spring 2014, will thus receive a total of $265,000, and $35,000 for his or her home department.

The Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching accredits eminent professors in the English-speaking world who are distinguished for their ability to communicate as classroom teachers. Individuals nominated for the award should have a proven record as an extraordinary teacher with a positive, inspiring and long-lasting effect on students, along with a record of distinguished scholarship.

The Cherry Award Committee at Baylor University comprises outstanding academics throughout the campus. The main objective is to continue to build the prominence of the Cherry Award as the most significant honor for an individual who has a proven record for extraordinary teaching.

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