Pickens-Queen Teacher Award

Through a gift from Glenn and Carol Queen and Ethel Pickens, an award was established to recognize the importance placed on teaching at Marshall University and to provide encouragement and incentive for teaching achievement by newer faculty members. The awards, which include a cash award of $1,000 each, are presented to three junior faculty members at the Spring General Faculty meeting.


Nominees must:

  • be in a fulltime tenure-track appointment in a unit that reports to Academic Affairs;
  • have at least one year fulltime, tenure-track teaching experience at Marshall and no more than five years of credited fulltime teaching experience. (For the purposes of this award, “credited fulltime teaching experience” refers to the total years of experience that Academic Affairs counts as part of a faculty member’s tenured or tenure-track appointment at Marshall University.)

Self-nominations will not be accepted. Members of the faculty, staff,  administration, or student body are invited to make a nomination by completing the online form. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2017.

[Please note that a faculty member can receive any given teaching award only once in his or her service at Marshall University. Previous recipients of the Pickens Queen Teacher Award are listed here: http://www.marshall.edu/ctl/?page_id=1577]

Submission Materials

Candidates who accept the nomination will submit documentation of their achievements by October 15, 2017. Required documents include:

  • A current vita
  • A sample assignment from any course taught by the candidate at Marshall University
  • Sample syllabi for two different courses taught by the candidate at Marshall University
  • A teaching questionnaire
  • A supervisor’s recommendation form
  • One letter of support from a colleague familiar with the candidate’s teaching

In addition, course evaluation summary sheets for up to three years prior will be solicited directly from Institutional Research.

Evaluation Process

Selection of three junior-level faculty members to receive the Pickens Queen Teacher Award is a two-level process.

  1. The first level of screening is based on the committee’s evaluation of the submitted materials listed above. Finalists will be selected and notified by December 2017.
  2. The Selection Committee will observe the classroom teaching of each finalist during Spring 2017. Winners will be notified in early April 2018 and will be recognized at the Spring General Faculty Meeting.

Please direct questions to:

Dr. Karen L. McComas
Executive Director
Center for Teaching and Learning
Old Main 109
(304) 696-2983