>I just heard today that I’m being awarded one of the four university-wide teaching awards. Since you must be nominated by students, this means a lot to me, especially since a student must be motivated enough to go out of their way to write a nomination application. After that a committee made up of previous winners secretly gathers intelligence on you. OK, not really — I think they just talk to the chair of your department to get more info or something. At any rate, I didn’t even know I’d been nominated, so this came out of the blue in a very frustrating and demoralizing week and raised my spirits immensely.
And also, there’s a significant monetary award. I was excited even before I knew that, but it was definitely icing on the cake since I’m saving for a down payment on a new car and I’m really, really lusting for one of these in chocolate with silver accents. Maybe now I’ll get a cutesy vanity license plate, too. But first my tenure has to be finalized, because it’s going to be my tenure reward.
And really, truly, I’m most pleased that I was nominated by my students. I wish I knew which ones, so I could thank them personally. A mass thank-you will have to do (remember, some of them have probably figured out where I blog):
Thank you students!