Wilkes University

Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC)

The Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC) oversees 10 awards announced to the Faculty and Staff at the annual TREC Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring semester.

Award recipient names are inscribed on a permanent plaque located in the Eugene S. Farley Library.

About TREC

TREC is a committee of elected members of the Faculty at Wilkes University. The committee responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring and recommending changes in procedures for gathering information on the teaching effectiveness and other areas of faculty evaluation.
  • Coordinating and recommending procedures for the selection of annual awards.
  • Evaluating and nominating candidates for the awards listed below.
  • Planning and hosting the annual TREC Awards Ceremony

TREC Commitee Members (2020-21 Academic Year)

  • Edward Bednarz, Co-Chair
  • Amy Sopcak Joseph, Co-Chair
  • Kathleen Hirthler
  • Troy Lewis
  • Shi Sha

*Members of TREC are not eligible to receive any of the awards offered by the Teacher Recognition & Effectiveness Committee.

TREC Awards

The following TREC awards are listed below. Nominations for any of these awards should be submitted via the online TREC Award form.

  • Nominations can be submitted starting Dec. 4, 2020.
  • The nomination period closes Feb. 12, 2021.
  • Past TREC Awards

The Carpenter Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding faculty member for their excellence in teaching and student-centered research/projects at Wilkes University. This is the highest award offered by TREC.

Eligible persons include faculty members who have been full time employees of the university for at least seven years. Nominations are made by department chair, dean, or another faculty member. The nominator must provide a letter/statement of support that cannot exceed three pages.

Carpenter Award winners will receive a plaque, framed certificate and $1,000 increase to base salary. Award winner will serve as the keynote speaker for the Wilkes University Winter Commencement.

Nominees must submit a portfolio, focusing on their excellence in teaching and student-centered research/projects. The portfolio must include (but is not limited to):

  • A personal statement of their teaching philosophy as it relates to student-centered research/project philosophy.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Syllabi and assignments created by the nominee for courses which he or she is primarily responsible for teaching or coordinating.
  • Information of the nominee's involvement in student research and/or independent projects.
  • The nominee's self-evaluation reports for the preceding seven years.
  • The chairperson's evaluations of the nominee for the preceding seven years (or dean, if chairperson is a nominee).
  • Summary sheets (numerical responses) for three years and student comments as pertinent. However, the committee may ask for all forms for an individual course during the deliberation process.
  • Alumni comments on the nominee, if available.

Submit a Nomination

The innovative/non-traditional teaching award is given annually to recognize a faculty member who successfully incorporates innovative and/or non-traditional strategies into at least one of her or his classes.

All full and part-time faculty at Wilkes are eligible for consideration. The nominated faculty member must be a current employee of the university at the time of the award ceremony.

Nominations are made by the students, faculty or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their teaching philosophy as it relates to innovation and non-traditional strategies in the classroom.
  • A statement of teaching innovation with a portfolio illustrating the innovative approach(es) in comparison to traditional teaching methods. The portfolio should demonstrate how the faculty member engages students in learning experiences that enrich mastery of concepts/theories and joint faculty-student research projects. Examples can include: course syllabi, projects that engage students, effective small group teaching strategies, collaborative methods, advanced use of technology in the classroom, consistent student-centered, interactive classroom, etc. 
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • All student response surveys (SRS) and evaluations completed during the class/activity conducted.

Submit a Nomination

The interdisciplinary teaching award is given annually to recognize one cross-disciplinary team (2 or more faculty) who demonstrates outstanding initiatives in the classroom to further the ideals of interdisciplinary learning.

Eligibility is open to all full-time and part-time faculty who have been engaged in an interdisciplinary project, course pairing, or cross-disciplinary team. Nominations are made by faculty, department chairs or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their teaching philosophy and how the interdisciplinary teaching/ learning activities support this. 
  • Syllabus and assignments created by the nominees for the courses or projects for which they are nominated.
  • Student response surveys (SRS) from each nominee for the course in which the interdisciplinary activities were assigned.
  • A curriculum vitae from each nominee.

Submit a Nomination

The outstanding new faculty award is given annually and recognizes the outstanding contributions of a junior member of the Wilkes University faculty.

Eligibility is limited to all full-time and part-time faculty members who are non-visiting faculty in his or her 2nd or 3rd year of full-time or part-time teaching at Wilkes University and demonstrates outstanding initiatives in and/or outside of the classroom. Nominations are made by students, faculty, department chairs or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their teaching philosophy.
  • A personal statement of their advising philosophy.
  • A personal statement of their service philosophy.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Syllabi and assignments created by the nominee for courses which he or she is primarily responsible for teaching or coordinating.
  • Self-evaluation reports.
  • Chair evaluations (a dean's evaluation may be submitted in place of a chair's evaluation).
  • All student response surveys (SRS).
  • Advising activities.
  • Examples of service to the university/department, your profession and to the community.

Submit a Nomination

The outstanding advisor award is given annually to recognize one outstanding advisor for each college, school, or University College.

Nominations are made by students.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their advising philosophy.
  • Description of advising load that includes supporting examples showcasing how the nominee has gone beyond the traditional role to be considered an outstanding advisor.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Submit a Nomination

The multiculturalism award is given annually to recognize an outstanding faculty member who demonstrates leadership in the advancement of multiculturalism ideals in the classroom.

All full- and part-time faculty are eligible for the award. Nominations are made by students, faculty, department chairs or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of how their teaching philosophy promotes/incorporates multiculturalism.
  • Evidence of integrating issues of multiculturalism into the curriculum. For example, syllabi and assignments created for courses which he or she is primarily responsible for teaching or coordinating.
  • Student response surveys (SRS) from the last 2 academic years for the courses associated with the award.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Submit a Nomination

The alumni mentoring award if given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in maintaining Wilkes' mentoring culture with University alumni.

Nominations are made by Wilkes’ alumni. In the provided area for the letter of support, alumni must provide their graduation year, e-mail address, the name and department of nominee (professor), and a statement that describes how the nominee continues to serve as a mentor.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their advising philosophy.
  • Examples of how the nominee serves as an advisor to alumni.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Submit a Nomination

The academic support award recognizes full-time, non-faculty support personnel who facilitate classroom activities, laboratory activities or coordination of experiential learning opportunities. Nominees must demonstrate leadership and have a direct impact on student learning.

All full-time, non-faculty, support personnel at Wilkes are eligible for the award. Nominations are made by faculty, department chairs, deans, students or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement describing how they provide academic support that impacts students at Wilkes.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Submit a Nomination

Awarded to an adjunct faculty instructor annually who demonstrates excellence in teaching through innovative practices, forming relationships with students, and/or contributing to the school/university.

Instructors at the University designated adjunct faculty are eligible for nomination. Nominations are made by students, faculty or department chairs.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their teaching philosophy.
  • Syllabi and assignments created by the nominee for courses which he or she is primarily responsible for teaching or coordinating
  • Summary sheets (numerical responses) for 3 years and student comments as pertinent. However, the committee may ask for all forms for an individual course during the deliberation process.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Submit a Nomination

Awarded to a member of the faculty who demonstrates commendable success in the area of research and scholarly activity within the past 5 years that influences Wilkes University and its students.

All full and part-time members of the faculty and staff who conduct their own research are eligible for nomination. Nominations are made by deans, department chairs, faculty or self-nomination.

Nominees must submit:

  • A personal statement of their research and scholarship philosophy.
  • A statement explaining student involvement and the broader impact of your research.
  • Copies of published works for the last 5 years.
  • A description of current research or scholarly work.
  • Grant proposals (accepted or rejected) for the last 5 years.
  • Reviewers’ comments for all submitted grant proposals.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Submit a Nomination


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