July 29th, 2008

McGraw-Hill and Magna Publications Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award


Here’s an exciting announcement: McGraw-Hill and The Teaching Professor (Magna Publications) have joined forces to create an award that recognizes exemplary scholarly work on teaching and learning. The first award with its stipend of $1,000 will be given at the 2009 Teaching Professor Conference, June 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

Here are the basic details: To be considered the piece of scholarly writing must be at least 1,500 words, published after 2006, and published in a discipline-specific pedagogical periodical or a more general high education publication. The piece of scholarship may address any topic related to college-level teaching and learning. Preference will not be given to a particular kind of scholarship. It may be a research report (quantitative or qualitative); a piece that describes development and/or implementation of a new teaching strategy or assignment; an article that offers advice based on research, experience or both; an inspirational essay; or an article that takes a position with respect to aspects of instruction or teaching-learning issues. Articles may be nominated by readers or authors.

Submitted articles will be blind reviewed by a panel which will include published authors, editors, and faculty familiar with the pedagogical literature. Among a variety of criteria, they will be looking for an article with the potential to positively impact the instructional practice of the college teaching community. A list of all criteria, other award details and submission procedures may be found at: www.teachingprofessor.com/award.

Here’s a goal we hope to realize: We hope to widely disseminate the winning article both at The Teaching Professor Conference and subsequently in The Teaching Professor newsletter.

We hope to use this award to bring recognition and visibility to work long overlooked and discredited. Understanding and advancing instructional practice is a scholarly endeavor—one that can be aided by good work that addresses relevant issues with substantive analysis. It’s time such work was recognized and rewarded. We gratefully acknowledge McGraw-Hill’s help in making this recognition possible.

What you should do: Check out the website for more information, and, most importantly, send us your nominations or the articles you’ve authored that you’d like to have considered.

—Maryellen Weimer