The Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching awards are awarded to innovative professors committed to good teaching. Full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have taught at USC at least three years are eligible to be nominated or self-nominated for the Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. Full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have taught at USC at least five years are eligible to be nominated or self-nominated for the Mungo Graduate Teaching Award. Recipients are selected annually from the University of South Carolina Columbia campus faculty. Four undergraduate teaching awards and one graduate teaching award in the amount of $5,000 each are presented.
Criteria for Selection
- Nominees must be full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have taught at USC for at least three years (undergraduate) or five years (graduate).
- Nominees must teach undergraduate students for the Mungo Undergraduate award or teach graduate students for the Mungo Graduate award.
- Previous Mungo Award recipients are not eligible for nomination.
- Recipients of any other teaching award are eligible for nomination.
Nominations will be accepted from USC Columbia students, faculty, department chairs and deans or a faculty member may self-nominate.
A nomination form including a brief memo or letter stating the reasons the individual is being nominated for the award should be submitted. Nominees will then be contacted by the Office of the Provost and asked to submit the materials below.
Nomination forms are due to the Office of the Provost by Dec. 13, 2019.
Undergraduate Teaching Award
Required materials for nominee's file: (8 page limit)
- A three-page vita which includes tenure status and faculty rank
- A three-page narrative which summarizes the candidate's philosophy of teaching, involvement in undergraduate teaching, advising and mentoring of undergraduate students (12 point font / 1 inch margin)
- A two-page summary from the chair or colleague summarizing teaching, research, advisement, mentoring activities, awards, etc. Suggestions for two-page summary:
- Course or program development such as courses taught/developed, program development or revision, instructional materials developed for students and/or uses of current and emerging technologies
- Advisement and career counseling such as development of advisement materials, awards or recognitions
- Research or independent study supervision such as nature and quality of student performance, nature and quality of supervision, nature and quality of outcomes or products
- Mentoring and instructional support to colleagues and teaching assistants, excerpts of letters from those assisted, description of support offered
- Research and writing in the discipline or profession (and related specifically to teaching) such as: publications, seminars, presentations, video or other technology- based productions, portfolios, exhibits, concerts
- Delivery of instruction, syllabi, course requirements and assessment approaches
- Evaluation of student learning, student generated products, examples of completed assignments
- Awards for teaching and advising
Graduate Teaching Award
Required materials for nominee's file: (10 page limit)
- A three page vita which includes tenure status and faculty rank
- A three page narrative which summarizes the candidate's philosophy of teaching, involvement in graduate teaching, advising and mentoring of graduate students
- A three page summary from chair summarizing teaching, research, advisement, mentoring activities and awards. Suggestions for two-page summary:
- A summary of numerical teaching evaluations with class size (number) included and comparison of scores with department and college means
- Advisement and career counseling such as development of advisement materials; examples of assistance to students in job placement
- Supervision of graduate thesis, portfolios, and dissertations; nature and quality of the student performance; nature and quality of the outcomes of the products, to include examples of papers published with students
- Mentoring of graduate students, excerpts from letters from those whom the candidate has helped (e.g. students, employers, faculty at other institutions, or others); descriptions of support offered
- Instructional material developed regarding graduate teaching
- Delivery of instruction such as syllabi; course requirements and assessment approaches
- Evaluation of student learning such as student generated products; examples of completed assignments
- Awards or other recognition for graduate teaching
- An example of a graduate syllabus (This is an addendum to the 10 page limit.)
Nominees files are due to the Office of the Provost by Feb. 7, 2020. Application files are to be submitted electronically to the Office of the Provost.
The selection committee will make a recommendation to the provost, who will select the winner. The winners will be honored at the spring Faculty Awards Ceremony.