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UF Teaching Awards

Award winners will be announced at a reception following the UF Summit on March 29


If so, nominate them for a University Foundations teaching award. One faculty member from each of the following course categories will  be recognized by University Foundations and the General Education Committee each year. Six winners from the Foundations of the Discipline categories will become Boise State’s nominees for the Idaho State Board of Education’s new GEM awards, which will celebrate outstanding general education teaching across Idaho’s universities.

Award Categories

Foundations of the Disciplines Categories

  • Foundations of Writing
  • Foundations of Oral Communication
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Foundations of Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences
  • Foundations of Humanities
  • Foundations of Arts
  • Foundations of Social Sciences

Other Categories

  • Foundations of Intellectual Life
  • Foundations of Ethics and Diversity
  • Finishing Foundations

This year’s deadline for submitting nominations is December 1, 2018.


Boise State’s general education program, University Foundations, answers the question: What does every Boise State student need to KNOW, DO, and BECOME, regardless of major? University Foundations courses expose students to different “ways of knowing” that are relevant to everyone. As students expand their tools of inquiry by exploring the different ways historians, social scientists, artists, and others look into important questions, they form a more complete picture of the world, connect disparate ideas, better understand others, and grow in new directions. The University Foundations awards will recognize the essential contribution those teaching non-majors make to the core mission of public education: to educate citizens both for making a living and making a life as individuals and community members.

Six winners will be considered for one of Idaho’s statewide GEM teaching awards in 2019, which will recognize outstanding teaching across Idaho’s general education courses.


Nominations and endorsements are open to the campus community, including: administrators, faculty, staff and students.  Nominations should include the following.

  •  Required: A one to two page letter of nomination that describes why the nominee is being recommended for this award, including the category of nomination and the course(s) taught by the instructor.  Nominators are encouraged to cite evidence of exemplary teaching, creativity in course design or implementation, and/or excellence in translating disciplinary methods of inquiry to non-majors.
  • Optional: Up to four pages of supporting materials; for example, secondary letters of support from Deans, Chairs and/or students.

Eligible work includes all teaching completed within a calendar year, for example courses taught in Spring 2018 through Fall 2018.

Please submit your nominations by e-mailing them to by December 1, 2018.