Commitment to Education

ASU Outstanding Teaching Award

In 1999, John Teets established the John W. Teets Outstanding Teaching Award to recognize student-nominated professors and teaching assistants as elite members of the academic community.

This award is student-driven; it is determined by a student committee based on nominations from students. Award recipients receive stipends in the amount of $7,000 for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award; $7,000 for the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award; and $3,000 for the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant.

The John W. Teets Outstanding Teaching Award is presented to professors who:

  • Inspire academic excellence, stimulate students to become active participants in their own learning and take pride in motivating students to do their best work;
  • Evidence a commitment to and enthusiasm for their students;
  • Possess a contagious love of knowledge;
  • Show enthusiasm for the development of students as well as for the subject matter of the classes they teach;
  • Strive, during each class session, to create a high quality learning environment;
  • Serve as mentors to link students to careers, professions or programs they wish to enter;
  • Are available to students beyond posted minimum office hours;
  • Have the ability to challenge students while distilling and synthesizing complex information to make it more understandable;
  • Are sensitive to the values and needs of a diverse student populace;
  • Have earned the respect of their students;
  • Exhibit creative and innovative teaching strategies in the continuous and sustained pursuit of teaching excellence.

The John W. Teets Outstanding Teaching Award will be presented to graduate assistants who:

  • Show enthusiasm for student success and for the subject matter of the classes they teach;
  • Go above and beyond the requirements to provide their students with meaningful understanding of the subject matter.

Current Recipients

2023-24Graduate TeachingDenis SosyuraFinance
2023-24Undergraduate TeachingChris NeckManagement and Entrepreneurship
2023-24Undergraduate Teaching AssistantElena AyyoubAccounting

Full List of Previous Recipients

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John W. Teets Awards honor legacy, celebrate teaching

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