UW Bothell Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) is presented each year to a UW Bothell faculty member in recognition of teaching that richly exemplifies the high standards at the heart of the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell. The DTA recipient receives an honorarium, is recognized at spring commencement and is honored at the Awards of Excellence ceremony on the Seattle campus in June. Additionally, the recipient is traditionally the speaker at UW Bothell’s Convocation in September.

Selection process

The DTA selection committee, appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is chaired by a previous DTA recipient and includes at least three faculty members, a current student representative and an alumni representative. The committee follows a process; after reviewing the nomination letters, the committee invites some or all nominees to submit a complete dossier of supporting materials. Based on consideration of dossiers, and criteria listed below a formal recommendation is made to the Vice Chancellor.

Criteria for selection

The award review committee will select recipients based on the degree to which they exemplify and provide evidence of:

  • An iterative, reflective teaching practice with evidence of pedagogical experimentation and refinement over time
  • Commitment to inclusive teaching and mentoring and valuing students’ experiences
  • Dedication to creating transformative learning experiences that foster deep reflection and critical inquiry
  • Service as a mentor, collaborator, and consultant to other faculty and/or teaching assistants


  • Previous winners are ineligible.
  • Recipients must be employed at UW during Spring of the award year.


Please note, the DTA nomination process for the Seattle and Tacoma campuses are separate. Nominations submitted to the Seattle DTA site will not be forwarded to UW Bothell.

Nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award are closed.