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Chemeketa Excellence in Teaching Award

Beginning in 2022, Chemeketa Community College will award an annual Excellence in Teaching Award to two deserving faculty members whose commitment to teaching and learning best embodies the mission and values of the college.

The Award

Winners will receive a $1,000 cash award from the college. A plaque engraved with the names of winners is on display in Building 9 on the Salem Campus.


  • Full-time, regular status teaching faculty.
  • Part-time faculty with at least three terms of teaching at the college within the two most recent academic years.

Faculty serving on the review committee and any winners from the previous three years are not eligible for the award.


Community members can nominate an instructor using the nomination form through December 31. If you wish to submit more than one name, please submit a separate form for each individual nominee. The selection committee will gather further documentation about the nominee's practice from a variety of sources. The review committee will select the recipients based on the information received. Recipients will be notified during spring term and recognized at an event in May.

Nominate a Deserving Faculty Member

Nominar a un miembro merecedor de la facultad

Award Criteria


Candidate displays exceptional contributions in teaching and learning, including: 

  • Mastery of subject matter
  • Innovative curriculum development
  • Instructional design that fosters the critical thinking necessary for engaging successfully with complex academic challenges

The candidate also establishes a positive learning environment and relationships with students that contribute to their personal, social, academic, or career-oriented growth. 

Service to the College

Candidate displays exceptional involvement with internal and external constituencies (industry partners or community partnerships) of the college to improve the quality of teaching and learning and the work environment at Chemeketa. In addition, the candidate displays a professional and collegial attitude which contributes to the growth and well-being of the department, division, and college. 


Candidate displays excellence in content expertise, skill, or professional scholarship. Examples would include work in the field, involvement and leadership in professional organizations and boards, contributions to college-wide professional development programs, presentations for national and international conferences, and publication of manuals, textbooks, articles, research, or other field-appropriate artifacts.

For questions about the award, please contact Daniel Couch, Chemeketa Excellence in Teaching Award committee chair at 503.399.5201 or