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O. A. Grant Teaching Award

The O. A. Grant Teaching Award recognizes Tarleton faculty members who have had a profound effect on the lives and careers of Tarleton students. The award is named for Dr. O.A. Grant, who joined the Tarleton faculty in 1948 and served as head of the Department of Social Sciences from 1967 to 1976.  He was the first Tarleton faculty member to receive the Piper Award for outstanding teaching.  Five recipients are recognized, one from each academic college.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrated record of exceptional and innovative instruction
  • Full-time faculty appointment (no administrative duties)
  • Three years teaching experience at Tarleton State University
  • Must not have received this award within the past three years
  • Individuals may not self-nominate
Barry B. Thompson Service Award

The Barry B. Thompson Service Award is given annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding service to students, the campus community, and significant contributions to student-faculty interactions outside the classroom. Created in 1997, the award is named for Dr. Barry B. Thompson, former president of Tarleton State University and Chancellor-Emeritus of the Texas A&M University System.  Dr. Thompson was widely known for his ‘open door’ policy as well as his high level of commitment to students during his almost 10 years as Tarleton’s president.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrated record of exemplary support and service to students and the campus community
  • Evidence of significant contributions to student-faculty interactions outside the classroom
  • Three years of service at Tarleton State University
  • Full-time faculty appointment (no administrative duties)
  • Must not have received this award within the past five years
Jack and Louise Arthur Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Jack and Louise Arthur Award for Excellence in Teaching is given annually to honor effective and dedicated teachers at Tarleton State University. This prestigious award was instituted in 1983 under the former title of "Distinguished Service Award". It was renamed in 1989 in honor of Jack and Louise Arthur, who were true patrons of education. One faculty member is recognized from the university community who exemplifies excellence in university teaching.

The recipients of the O.A. Grant Teaching Award from each academic college will form the pool of nominees for the Jack and Louise Arthur Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Evidence of exemplary and innovative instructional practices
  • Dedication to teaching and learning
  • Evidence of recognition of effective teaching practices by peers and colleagues
  • Five years of service at Tarleton State University
  • Full-time faculty appointment (no administrative duties)
  • Must not have received this award within the past five years
Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award

The Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award was established in 2003 to recognize a Tarleton State University faculty member who has shown exemplary performance scholarly or creative activities.  

Evidence of scholarly or creative activity includes:

  • Published or presented research such as:
    • Authored books and/or journal articles
    • Authored monographs or book chapters
    • Scholarly paper presentations of conducted or published research
    • Collaborative research involving faculty and/or student colleagues
    • State, national, or international level seminars, workshops, or comparable creative activities
    • Shows, recitals, recordings, or musical performances, or lighting, set, or costume design

Eligibility criteria:

  • Evidence of exceptional scholarly or creative work within the field
    • Three years of service at Tarleton State University
    • Full-time faculty appointment or administrator holding a joint faculty appointment
    • Must not have received this award within the past three years
Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award

The Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award was established in 2012 in recognition of a faculty member’s extraordinary efforts to increase student success.

Evidence of such efforts may include:

  • Enhancing opportunities for students to engage meaningfully in the academic experience;
  • Providing extraordinary support for student academic achievement;
  • Encouraging students to realize personal growth and individual potential;
  • Providing students with opportunities for additional academic support outside of class;
  • Engaging in professional development with the goal of improving student success;
  • Redesigning courses to create highly effective instruction;
  • Developing Applied Learning Experiences for students;
  • Exemplary service as a Faculty Partner;
  • Advising students “above and beyond” the typical scheduling of classes

Eligibility criteria:

  • Evidence of exemplary efforts to promote and increase student success
    • Three years of service at Tarleton State University
    • Full-time faculty appointment or administrator holding a joint faculty appointment
    • Must not have received this award within the past three years