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Senate Teaching and Learning Committee

Senate Teaching and Learning Committee

The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) is a university senate committee dedicated to promoting the teaching function and the learning process. To this end, the committee sponsors incentives for good teaching and significant ideas and approaches to teaching and learning.

The Teaching and Learning Committee awards Educational Development Grants and university-wide teaching awards: Online Teaching Excellence, and Teaching Excellence, and Excellence in Teaching awards respectively. As a standing committee of the university senate, TLC initiates campus-wide projects to provide for a more structured outlet for reflection on both the teaching and learning process and the aspirations and accomplishments of the teaching profession.

The committee is represented by OU Faculty, two Associate Professionals (Staff/APs), and student representation from Student Congress.

Activities sponsored by the committee include the CETL Instructional Fair.

To contact the committee, please email: senatetlc@oakland.edu.

According to Oakland University Senate legislation the Teaching and Learning Committee will consist of six faculty; four students; two administrative professionals; and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee), ex- officio and non-voting.

NameDepartment Email Term 
Qunfeng Liao(co-chair)SBAliao@oakland.edu2019-2022
Meaghan Barry (co-chair)CASmcbarry@oakland.edu2018-2021
Eileen JohnsonSEHSjohnso10@oakland.edu2020-2023
Jonathan YatesCASyates@oakland.edu2020-2023
Kieran MathiesonSBAmathieso@oakland.edu2018-2021
Lan YaoSONlyao@oakland.edu2018-2021
Megan PeiserCASmpeiser@oakland.edu2020-2023
Zhijun WuSECSwu@oakland.edu2019-2022
Daniel ArnoldAP Assemblyarnold23@oakland.edu2018-2021
Julie DermidoffAP Assemblydermidof@oakland.edu2018-2021
Judy Ablesar (ex-officio, non-voting)CETL ableser@oakland.edu2020-2021
Stephanie RecknagelStudent Congresssrecknagel@oakland.edu2020-2021
Emily SinesStudent Congressemilysines@oakland.edu2020-2021
Jason GiermanStudent Congressjagierman@oakland.edu2020-2021
Ed. Dev. Grant Proposals

Educational Development Grant Proposal Guidelines

Purpose of Grant:

To provide funding (ranging from $100-$750) for the purchase of resources/materials that enhance the development of teaching and learning.
Acceptable Requests include, but are not limited to:
  • Registration and travel to Teaching and Learning Conference, seminar, symposium, consultation (other than the Lilly Traverse City Teaching and Learning Conference that is funded by CETL)
  • Travel costs to teaching and learning sites (i.e. observing innovative practices at other universities, centers, etc.)
  • Fees for participation in Teaching and Learning Webinares
  • Purchasing of books, software, materials to enhance teaching and learning
  • Honorarium for guest speakers/consultants on teaching and learning (up to $200)
This grant does not to support:
  • Faculty or student stipends
  • Accreditation preparation


(Open to Full and Part-Time Faculty)

Tenure-track, tenured faculty, full-time teaching instructors (i.e. special instructors, full-time adjunct and visiting professors), special lecturers and part-time instructors who have been taught a minimum of 24 credits at Oakland may apply for the grant. Each application must be supported (signature on cover sheet) by the applicant’s chair/program director. Two or more faculty working collaboratively may submit a proposal for a single grant with division of payment for each participant indicated. Individuals are eligible for a maximum of $750 in any academic year. 

Proposal will include:

  1. Name of faculty/instructor
  2. Rank/Position
  3. For Part-Time/Non-Tenure Track instructors- include how many credits have been taught at OU
  4. School or Department
  5. Request for funding
  6. Amount of Request- not to exceed $750
  7. Provide a rationale for how funding will be used and describe how this funding will enhance your teaching and learning or how it will add to your course design/delivery/assessment. 
  8. Potential for matching or additional funds from other sources. 
  9. Estimated date of use of funding and when final report will be submitted.
  10. Department Chair/Department Head signature

Final Report:

A one page report will be submitted within one semester of the use of the funds outlining how funding was used, total cost (including a copy of the receipts), and how this funding impacted your teaching and learning.

Proposal Submission:

To be submitted to TLC Committee on a rolling basis during the academic year. Awards will be granted until the funding has run out. Approval will be provided within 45 days of the request.

Submission Procedure:

All grant applications should be submitted in pdf. format to the chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee (or chair of grant sub-committee). Name and email of chair will be updated each year.

Please submit the completed and signed proposal as a pdf file to senatetlc@oakland.edu

Past grant recipients:

  • Dikka Berven, "Strategies and Tactics for Institutionalizing Open Educational Resources" webinar
  • Emily Spunaugle, "Teaching the History of the Book" course
  • Sheryl Ruszkiewicz, the OU Facing Project and publishing Pontiac's stories
  • T.J. Jourian, Faculty Success Program through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Mary Craig, attendance and presentation at the 16th International Conference in Emerging Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Caterina Pieri, purchasing books, software, and materials to develop new Italian courses
Teaching Excellence Awards

Oakland University Senate Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA)

Oakland University Senate recognizes Teaching excellence for both Online, Tenure track, and Non-tenure track faculty. Faculty winners are announced at the annual Founder's Day Luncheon where other OU awards are also given. Winners are inscribed onto a plaque, and a cash stipend is given.  More award details below.


The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee is pleased to announce a  call for nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards.  The nominations for all TEA Awards is open year-round. Consideration for the 2019 year will end in mid-October. Nominations after mid-October are then considered fro the 2020 award.


Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University community, including students, faculty, alumni, administrators, and staff. Student nominations are a highly valued component of this process. Faculty may not self-nominate for the Award. Faculty are encouraged to announce this nomination process in all classes. Students are encouraged to consider a faculty member who has facilitated their progress during their undergraduate course work or during graduate study.

Nomination details should address the nominee's accomplishments based on the following criteria:

  • Excellence in teaching methodology
  • Innovation in teaching
  • Continued growth and development in teaching
  • Distinction in the ability to stimulate critical thinking and facilitate student understanding
  • Inspiring role model to students
  • Exemplary service to students and teaching profession


  • If you are nominated, the Teaching & Learning Committee will contact the you about how to submit the required materials for consideration.
  • Previous winners may be nominated and will be eligible to win the award again if four years have passed since winning the award. For example, winners from 2015 and prior will be eligible to win the award again.
  • Current members of the Teaching & Learning Committee may be nominated but will not be eligible to win the award.
  • A plaque showing previous Teaching Excellence Award winners is on display in the lobby of the Kresge Library.
  • The Committee will contact the nominees and chairs of their departments to request additional information.
  • All TEA nominees are invited to an annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon hosted by the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee.
  • Nominees for the Online Teaching Excellence award will also be invited to a recognition lunch hosted by e-Learning & Instructional Support.
  • Due to the amount of support materials, preparation, and evaluation procedures, nominees for both a Teaching Excellence Award and an Online Excellence award must choose only one award for consideration.
  • Each TEA award winners are announced at the annual Founders Day luncheon. Award winners are also presented with a money stipend. TEA winners receive:
    • $2000 for Tenure Track
    • $2000 for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
    • $2000 for Online Faculty

Past Recipients

The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes superior teaching, innovative instructional practice, high educational standards, the creation of productive learning environments, and the ability to inspire and motivate students. Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University Community. Nominations are reviewed by the Teaching and Learning Committee. 

A plaque showing previous Teaching Excellence Award winners is on display in the lobby of the Kresge Library.

* = Excellence in Teaching Award Winner (Non-Tenure Track)
**= Online Teaching Excellence Award Winner

To view our most current Teaching Excellence Award winners, please click here.

Past Recipients (1982 - Present; Tenure-Track only listed from 1982-2009)

2020 - 2011
2020 - Mark Isken2020 - Margaret Ann Murphy *2020 - Phyllis White **
2019 - Krzysztof (Chris) Kobus 2019 - Caterina Pieri *2019 - Amy Rutledge **
2018 - Jennifer Matthews2018 - Victoria Shively*2017 - John Krauss
2017 - Michele Plattenberger*2016 - Anthony Tuf Francis2016 - Helena Riha*
2015 - Tanya Christ2015 - Peter Markus*2014 - Dana Driscoll
2014 - Vanessa Stauffer*2013 - Barbara Oakley2013 - Mark Doman*
2012 - Jeffrey Insko2012 - Doris Plantus*2011 - Mary Bee
2011 - Jenifer Wenson* 
2010 - 2001
2010 - Doris Plantus*2009 - Barbara Penprase2008 - Susan Hawkins
2007 - Peter Bertocci2006 - Dagmar Cronn2005 - Carlo Coppola
2004 - Djamel Bouchaffra2003 - Mary T. Stein2002 - Jude V. Nixon
2001 - Todd Estes
2000 - 1991
2000 - Peter J. Binkert1999 - Darrel P. Schmidt1998 - Natalie Bell Cole
1997 - Dyanne M. Tracy1997 - Toni S. Walters1996 - Andrew Rusek
1995 - Brian F. Murphy1994 - Jaqueline I. Lougheed1994 - Ronald L. Crame
1993 - Brian A. Connery1992 - Jerrold W. Grossman1991 - Anne H. Tripp
1991 - Bruce J. Mann1991 - David Lau1991 - Richard F. Barron
1990 - 1982 
1990 - Ka Chai Cheok1990 - W. Dorsey Hammond1990 - Keith E. Stanovich
1990 - Jane M. Bingham1989 - Carl Osthaus1988 - Virginia Rader Blankenship
1987 - Robert Eberwein1986 - Robert I. Facko1986 - Richard B. Stamps
1985 - Delores M. Burdick1985 - Gilbert Wedekind1984 - Nigel Hampton
1983- David Downing1982 - Sheldon Appleton
Teaching Excellence Award Nomination Form

At the end of each academic year the chair of the Teaching Learning Committee submits an annual report to the university senate reporting the activities of the committee to the university.
Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award


Dear Colleagues:

It is time again for nominations for the Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award. Each year at the December Commencement exercises, we present a citation, with a stipend provided by the provost’s office, to a student who has done something above and beyond the call of normal course and degree requirements to bring distinction to him/herself and to Oakland University. These activities might include authorship or co-authorship of published articles, presentations at professional meetings, literary works, artistic performances, design or construction of an instrument or device, etc.

Our previous recipients have included students in Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Electronics and Computer Engineering, English, Education, Health Sciences, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Physics, and Psychology. All undergraduate students are eligible. There is also no restriction regarding class standing; the recipient does NOT need to be a graduating senior. We are totally dependent on you for identifying these outstanding students and urge you to submit nominations by Friday, October 2, 2020.

You will also find the eligibility and criteria statements which the Committee currently use. Please send your letters and supporting information to Katie Greer, Kresge Library (greer@oakland.edu). We would prefer to receive material electronically, to facilitate distribution to the committee members. If you send your nominations in hard copy, please include four copies of all materials. Thank you in advance for your attention and assistance!

For the Committee,

Katie Greer Kresge Library


  1. Eligibility:

Any regularly enrolled undergraduate student is eligible upon nomination by a faculty member or staff member.

  1. Format:

Nominations minimally should consist of a letter of nomination and preliminary documentation of the specific effort that is being recognized. We would prefer to receive all material electronically, but hard copy is acceptable.

  1. Criteria:

The purpose of these awards is to recognize extraordinary academic achievement beyond that required for good grades. Thus for instance a student-originated publication in the arts or sciences, a publication with major student input, presentation of research or creative endeavor at a professional conference, a literary work, an exceptional research report, the creation or performance of an artistic work, or the construction of a device or instrument could all be the basis for this award. The following criteria will be used to evaluate the nominations:

  1. Originality
  2. Extent of effort
  3. Scholarly significance
  4. Artistic merit/significance

Obviously only some of these criteria will apply to any given nomination.

  1. Procedures:

Upon receipt of a letter of nomination, the chair of the committee will distribute copies of the letter and supporting information to the committee members. Additional requests for back-up information and documentation will be made promptly.

All members of the committee will read the letters of nomination and supporting materials. The committee will meet no later than two weeks after the deadline for nominations to discuss its decision. The committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs. Upon approval of the Academic Affairs office, the committee will notify the recipient of the award and the nominating faculty member. The committee chair will write a commendation to be read to the student at the graduation ceremony and printed on the award certificate.

  1. The awards will be presented at the Fall Commencement exercises.