The Middle Eastern Studies
Teaching Recognition Award
Call for Nominations
In April 2020, the Middle Eastern Studies Program will present the
Teaching Recognition Award (TRA) to one of the affiliated faculty
members. The TRA was established in 2016 to recognize excellence in
teaching and to appreciate indispensable contributions of our faculty to
enhancement of knowledge of the MENA region. The previous recipients of
the award include Prof. Amy Kallander (2016), Prof. Hossein Bashiriyeh (2016),
Prof. Miriam Elman (2017), Prof. Rania Habib (2017), Prof. Jaklin Kornfilt
(2018), Eva Phillips (2018), Prof. Mehrzad Boroujerdi (2019), and Michal Downie (2019).
This year, the TRA Committee, consisting of two
affiliated MES faculty members and a current MES student, will select one
candidate from among nominated faculty members as the award recipient. At the Annual
Spring Reception, the award recipient will be presented with a plaque and a
symbolic monetary gift of $500. Funds may be used for
purchasing research materials, books or defraying conference travel
All MESP affiliated faculty members, except those who received a
TRA within the last three years, are eligible for the award. The
criteria for selection, among others, include the quality of teaching, assessed
by student evaluations, and the number of courses taught during the
past three years. Faculty may also be considered for the award not just
for their excellence with respect to timetabled courses, but through the full
range of pedagogical and curricular activities in which our faculty are
engaged, directed studies of any sort; collaborative scholarship with students;
academic advising, mentoring, and career placement; teaching and learning
activities connected with advising student organizations and other
co-curricular activities; curriculum development; pedagogical innovation etc.
Nominees can self-nominate or be nominated by other MESP
faculty and/or students by sending a brief nomination letter via email to Prof.
Yüksel Sezgin at email@example.com.
The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2020.