Arts and Humanities Teaching Awards

Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Departments of English and History

The Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards


The Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring supports a member of the Humanities faculty who best exemplifies excellence as a teacher of undergraduates. While the emphasis is on outstanding performance in the classroom, the selection committee also considers the nominee's performance as a mentor or advisor and use of innovative teaching strategies for the advancement of learning. ($5,000 award)

Nomination must include:

  1. Name of Nominee, Department of Nominee.
  2. Statement of Nomination
  • Courses taken with this faculty member, if applicable.
  • Describe the qualities that make this professor an outstanding classroom teacher.
  • Describe the qualities displayed outside the classroom (mentoring, advising, etc.) that contribute to this teacher's excellence.
  • Describe the any particularly effective technologies or strategies in teaching that this professor utilizes.
  • Overall, address the reason this faculty member is a "distinguished undergraduate teacher."

3. Support letters from additional students, if available.

4. Support letter from chair or director of department or school addressing any additional information including, but not limited to, SEIs or SETs, regular peer evaluation reports, or annual personal statements, etc.

For questions please contact Valarie Williams, Associate Dean (williams.1415@osu.edu)

Nominations are due by Friday, February 2, 2018.

Nominate for the Rodica C. Botoman Award

Current Recipient

Randolph Roth, professor of history, has been deeply involved in undergraduate education on all levels, both in courses that serve history majors and in general education courses that serve a wide range of students. He has spearheaded a number of initiatives to improve the quality of undergraduate education at Ohio State: He served on the committee that created the Center for the Teaching and Study of Writing to further the university’s effort to teach writing across the curriculum and he has collaborated with the Department of Statistics to create a working group of faculty to help students gain quantitative literacy. In his enormous dedication to teaching and mentoring undergraduates at Ohio State, Roth very much embodies the ideals of Professor Emeritus Rodica Botoman.

Previous Recipients

  • 2016 Kris Paulsen, History of Art
  • 2015 Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Linguistics
  • 2014 Nancy Johnson, Department of English
  • 2013 Hugh Urban, Department of Comparative Studies
  • 2012 Bernhard Malkmus, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures<
  • 2011 Brenda Brueggemann, Department of English
  • 2010 Janice Aski, Department of French & Italian
  • 2009 Robin Judd, Department of History
  • 2008 Steven Fink, Department of English
  • 2007 Michelle Herman, Department of English
  • 2006 Elizabeth Renker, Department of English
  • 2005 Kathryn Corl, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
  • 2004 Danielle Marx-Scouras, Department of French & Italian
  • 2003 Sebastian Knowles, Department of English
  • 2002 Robert Kraut, Department of Philosophy
  • 2001 Barbara McGovern, Department of English-Mansfield
  • 2000 Sam Meier, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • 1999 Alan Beyerchen, Department of History
  • 1998 Lindsay Jones, Department of Comparative Studies
  • 1997 Mark Grimsley, Department of History
  • 1996 Rodica Botoman, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures


The Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award

The Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award was established October 29, 2010, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University in accordance with the guidelines approved by the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Foundation, with gifts from Susan Ellen Brown (B.A. 1968, J.D. 1971) in memory of her father, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul W. Brown (B.A. 1937, J.D. 1939).

The annual distribution from this fund shall provide two awards for teaching excellence; one for a faculty member in the Department of English and one for a faculty member in the Department of History. Recipients shall be selected by the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in consultation with the respective chairs of the departments.

Excellence in Teaching Award supports a faculty member in the Department of English and faculty member in the Department of History for teaching excellence. ($1,200 award)

If you wish to nominate a professor please contact either the Chair of Department of History or Chair of Department of English.  One page nomination can include:

  1. Name of Nominee, Department of Nominee
  2. Statement of Nomination/Rational for Nomination
    1. Courses taken with this faculty member, if applicable.
    2. Describe the qualities that make this professor an outstanding classroom teacher.
    3. Describe the qualities displayed outside the classroom (mentoring, advising, etc.) that contribute to this teacher's excellence.
    4. Describe the particularly effective technologies or strategies in teaching that this professor utilizes.
    5. Overall address the reason this faculty member is a "distinguished undergraduate teacher" History or English.

Nominations are due to the Chair of the Department of English or the Chair of the Department of History, based on the nominee’s home department. Please contact either Chair for the appropriate due date or any other questions you may have.

Current Recipient

Theodora Dragostinova, associate professor of history employes a teaching philosophy that is simple yet bold: to help students become informed, critical and involved global citizens. She teaches students how to engage in historical analysis through the use of diverse materials and sources of information so that they can continue to exercise independent and critical thinking long after graduation.

Dragostinova encourages students to improve their oral and written communication skills by participating in discussions and completing multi-step writing assignments. She urges students to apply their historical knowledge to current problems by emphasizing parallels between historical situations and contemporary events from a comparative, global perspective. Dragostinova’s innovative use of technology in her teaching — her use of digital humanities research strategies — truly distinguishes her approach to teaching.

Previous Recipients

  • 2016 Elizabeth Kolkovich, English 
  • 2016 Birgitte Soland, History
  • 2015 Stanley Blake (History) and Beverly Moss (English)
  • 2014 Thomas McDow (History) and Thomas Davis (English)
  • 2013 Kristina Sessa (History) and Christopher Highley (English)
  • 2012 Gregory Anderson (History) and Alan Farmer (English)
  • 2011 Nathan Rosenstein (History) and Elizabeth Hewitt (English)
  • 2010 Christopher Otter, Department of History
  • 2009 Jared Gardner, Department of English


The Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards

Beginning in 2014, up to five awards of $20,000 each are presented annually for outstanding teaching by tenured faculty within the twenty-one units of the Division of Arts and Humanities.

The Ratner Awards recognize faculty who have exemplary records of engaging, motivating, and inspiring students as well as of making a difference in students’ educations, lives, and careers. Recipients of the award will be chosen based on the excellence of their records as well as on their vision of how they will continue to grow as a teacher.

Each $20,000 Ratner Award will be presented as a $10,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 teaching account. This teaching account is intended to inspire continued excellence in teaching by supporting course design and enhancement, curricular development, experiential learning, or other projects that directly impact students.  Accounts must be used within two academic years after the year in which the award is made.

Eligibility

The Ratner Awards recognize associate and full professors who have achieved tenure and who have a minimum of three years of teaching experience at Ohio State. Awards are non-repeatable.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit to their department chair a Teaching Portfolio consisting of the first seven items listed below. The department chair then adds a letter of recommendation and sends all of the required materials as a single PDF to ascfacultyaffairs@osu.edu. Alternatively, hard copies of all materials may be delivered to Susan Williams, Vice Dean, 186 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210. Applications are due by Friday, September 22, 2017.

If you have questions, please call 614-688-2341 or email williams.488@osu.edu. Awards will be announced by the end of fall semester and recognized at a spring awards event.

Application Materials

To be considered for the Ratner Awards, applicants must prepare a Teaching Portfolio consisting of the following:

  1. Cover page (Found in the application link below)
  2. Statement of vision as a teacher. This statement should address how your vision has informed your teaching to date and how it speaks to your plans for continued professional development and experimentation as a teacher.  (500-750 words)
  3. Three Sample Syllabi
  4. Two Peer Observations of Teaching from the past 5 years (may be from faculty members within or outside the department, including those with whom you have co-taught or collaborated on teaching in any way)
  5. Cumulative Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) Summary (focus will be on past five years, but include entire summary available from the University Registrar)
  6. Evidence of Student Impact (no more than 750 words). This statement should describe and present appropriate evidence of your track record of engaging and inspiring students. Such evidence could include but is not limited to examples of student achievements and comments; impact of development of new materials or courses; incorporation of learning technologies; and contributions to experiential learning such as study abroad; internships; service learning; and independent studies
  7. Brief description of plans for $10,000 teaching enhancement grant (250-500 words). Preference will be given to proposals that give direct benefit to students. Funds may not be used to buy out courses but up to 50% may be used for off duty [summer] pay to support the applicant’s work on the project
  8. Letter of Recommendation from Department Chair or School Director

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will consist of the vice dean, two tenured faculty members from the Division of Arts and Humanities, a representative from the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the donors or their designee. The divisional dean for arts and humanities and the executive dean of arts and sciences will review the committee’s recommendations to make the awards.

Previous Recipients

  • 2017 Alison Beach, Associate Professor, History
  • 2017 Kris Paulsen, Associate Professor, History of Art
  • 2017 Lauren Squires, Associate Professor, English
  • 2017 Mytheli Sreenivas, Associate Professor, History/Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • 2017 Brian Stone, Associate Professor, Design
  • 2016 Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Linguistics
  • 2016 Tommy Davis, English
  • 2016 Tom Hawkins, Classics
  • 2016 Jennifer Schlueter, Theatre
  • 2016 Karl Whittington, History of Art
  • 2015 Wendy Hesford, English
  • 2015 Susan Melsop, Design
  • 2015 Janet Parrott, Theatre
  • 2015 Lisa Shabel, Philosophy
  • 2015 Maurice Stevens, Comparative Studies
  • 2014 Katherine Borland, Comparative Studies
  • 2014 Richard Fletcher, Professor Classics
  • 2014 Susan Hadley, Dance
  • 2014 Danielle Marx-Scouras, French and Italian
  • 2014 Elizabeth Renker, English

Apply for the Ronald and Deborah Ratner Award [pdf]


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