PSU

Teaching Award

The Award

Prince Sultan University will bestow one Rector’s Award for Distinguished Teaching per academic year. In addition, each of the six colleges/units will have an opportunity to have a member receive a PSU award for outstanding teaching --a maximum of 6 awards can be granted each winner will receive a crystal apple and certificate. From the list of the college-unit level winners (be that 6 or fewer), the overall winner of The Rector’s Award will be chosen: this person will receive a cash prize of 25,000 SAR.

Rector's Award Winners

Faculty Name College
Award Year
Dr. Hala Dalbani College of Humanities
2017/2018
Ms. Jalilah Zouhair College of Computer & Information Sciences
2016/2017
Dr. Anis Koubaa College of Computer & Information Sciences
2015/2016
Dr. Orchida Fayez College of Humanities
2014/2015

Teaching Award Winners

Faculty Name College
Award Year
Dr. Kamaleddin Abudiyah Deanship of Educational Services
2017/2018
Ms. Misbah Saboohi College of Law
2017/2018
Dr. Basit Qureshi College of Computer and Information Sciences
2017/2018
Dr. Normawati Non College of Business Administration
2017/2018
Dr. Ali AlMatouq College of Engineering
2017/2018
Mr. Saghir Muneer College of Law
2016/2017
Mr. Ihab Shawish Deanship of Educational Services
2016/2017
Dr. Mourad Rizk College of Engineering
2016/2017
Mr. Mohammed Mfarrej College of Engineering
2015/2016
Dr. Mohammed Hanif College of Business Administration
2015/2016
Dr. Nadia Kathim College of Law
2015/2016
Ms. Arooj Al Yasawi Deanship of Educational Services
2015/2016
Ms. Nafeesah Sunghar College of Humanities
2015/2016
Dr. Fatimata Ly College of Business Administration
2014/2015
Ms. Misbah Saboohi College of Law
2014/2015
Ms. Ishrat Khan College of Computer and Information Sciences
2014/2015
Dr. Aiman Mukheimer Deanship of Educational Services
2014/2015
Ms. Karen Salahuddin ENG – PYP
2014/2015

Guidelines

Eligibility

Candidates for the award must be full-time teachers at Prince Sultan University and must have completed a minimum of three consecutive years’ of teaching at PSU at the time of application. Furthermore, applicants must be at the rank of Language instructor or higher.

Candidacy

Candidates are accepted by nomination or by applying on one’s behalf. To nominate someone, you must be from one of these constituencies:

  • Full-time faculty member
  • Student (either current or alumnae)
  • Dean, Vice Dean, Director, or Chairperson

The Prince Sultan University Distinguished Teaching Award Committee Chair: The Vice Rector of the Women’s Campus. The PSU Senior Committee for the Rector’s Award for Distinguished Teaching shall be recommended for appointment by the Vice Rector of the Women’s Campus, to His Excellency the Rector. It will include the Director and Associate Director of the TLC as well as the previous year’s Rector’s Award Winner.

Selection Criteria

Nominees are selected using a set of criteria, including, but not limited to, these general areas:

  • Teaching effectiveness and creativity
  • Impact on and available for students
  • Subject mastery, research, and scholarship
  • Contributions to curriculum and advancement of teaching; evidence of workshops & other activities
  • Effective use of technology to enhance instruction

The Process

Each of the six colleges will form Subcommittees consisting of no more than five members: a chair, two members from the Women’s side, and two members from the Men’s side. Nominations and/or applications will close by Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. Nominated or applying candidates must upload their files (outlined below) to the link that will be emailed to all nominees by Monday, December 31st, 2018. If a student or students nominate a teacher, that nomination and letter shall remain confidential and will be viewed only by the respective Subcommittee, and the University Committee. By January 31st, 2019, the Subcommittees shall submit the top 3 candidates to the University Teaching Awards Committee. This list must be rank-ordered according to the scores received. During this process, the subcommittee will interview the candidates, observe, and review the submitted documents. By April 1st, 2019, the University Committee shall select up to six winners from the colleges/units, and the one overall winner, to receive the PSU Rector’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. The University Committee has criteria of submission evaluation out of 100%, and 80% is the minimum score to become a candidate for the Rector’s Award for Distinguished Teaching; thus, the University Committee may award less than six College-Level winners if the minimum score has not been met. During this process, the University Committee members will visit the classes of any finalist candidate, ad hoc, not prearranged. Also, they will interview the top 3 candidates as selected by the subcommittees, conduct classroom observations, review the documents submitted in support of the nomination, and take the overall score from the subcommittee into consideration. The announcement of the results will follow at the end of the academic year or the beginning of the next academic year.

Candidate File Submissions:

Files to be uploaded will include the following, and only the following eight (8) documents, within the designated limits:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV): 10 pages maximum.
  • A philosophy of teaching statement that includes the following areas: teaching styles, methods, and objectives, as well as innovative examples of the integration of teaching with research and e-technology, and newer methodologies, in the classroom 3 pages maximum.
  • A syllabus from the courses you are currently teaching or have taught.
  • A minimum of at least 5 examples of performance evaluation of your teaching from the courses you have taught that span over at least two years: this could include the students’ evaluations and the classroom observation; in addition, your submission of these documents gives your consent to allow the University Teaching Award Committee to obtain your annual performance evaluation results from the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs Office for the past two years.
  • A selection of course reports for at least 2 courses taught over any 3 semesters.
  • Accounts of any professional teaching development, e.g., workshops/seminars/conferences attended and/or participated in, during one’s time at PSU 2 pages maximum.
  • Three letters of support.
  • Statement about why the candidate considers himself or herself to be a worthy recipient of this award 1 page only.

Past Winners

My Teacher Award Experience

By Dr. Orchida

Having to say a few words at that amazing moment when your name is announced as the winner of the Rector’s Distinguished Teaching Award is one of the challenges where even the most eloquent of orators would fall short of words. In my case, the most spontaneous, definitely unprepared response was to attribute this profound success to the profound support that I had enjoyed during my years at Prince Sultan University. I still affirm that to win such an award, all I did was to embrace our unique culture of continuous growth in a way that promotes an interdisciplinary view of higher education. Upon reflection, my role as a teacher converges with prospects of professional development, quality enhancement, extracurricular activities, and certainly research into unexpected domains. For this to happen, it is crucial to have a community of practice that nurtures development and progress through team spirit, genuine advice, and the comforting encouragement of true friendship. As for now, the real question becomes whether winning the award was the end of my achievements. The answer, in short, is that I am currently the Director of the University Level English Department (CW), teacher trainer/mentor for the Higher Education Teaching Certificate, leader of the Literary and Digital Studies in Humanities research group and continue to be nominated every year by students for the best teacher award. I am entirely committed to the community of practice within my department, college, and University, but the highlight of my career remains to be the first winner of The Rector’s Distinguished Teaching Award!


Teaching Award Guidelines

Eligibility

Candidates for the award must be full-time teachers at Prince Sultan University and must have completed a minimum of three consecutive years’ of teaching at PSU at the time of application. Furthermore, applicants must be at the rank of Language instructor or higher.

Candidacy

Candidates are accepted by nomination or by applying on one’s own behalf. To nominate someone, you must be from one of these constituencies:

  • Full-time faculty member
  • Student (either current or alumni)
  • Dean, Vice Dean, Director, or Chairperson

The Prince Sultan University Distinguished Teaching Award Committee Chair: The Vice-Rector of the Women’s Campus. The PSU Senior Committee for the Rector’s Award for Distinguished Teaching shall be recommended for appointment by the Vice Rector of the Women’s Campus, to His Excellency the Rector, and will include the Director and Associate Director of the TLC as well as the previous year’s Rector’s Award Winner.


Selection Criteria

Nominees are selected using a set of criteria, including, but not limited to, these general areas:

  • Teaching effectiveness and creativity.
  • Impact on and availability for students.
  • Subject mastery, research, and scholarship.
  • Contributions to curriculum and advancement of teaching; evidence of workshops & other activities.
  • Effective use of technology to enhance instruction.

The Process

Each of the six colleges will form Subcommittees consisting of no more than five members: a chair, two members from the Women’s side, and two members from the Men’s side. Nominations and/or applications will close by Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. Nominated or applying candidates must upload their files (outlined below) to the link that will be emailed to all nominees by Monday, December 31st, 2018. If a teacher is nominated by a student or students, that nomination and letter shall remain confidential and will be viewed only by the respective Subcommittee, and the University Committee.

By January 31st, 2019 the Subcommittees shall submit the top 3 candidates to the University Teaching Awards Committee. This list must be rank ordered according to the scores received. During this process, the subcommittee will interview the candidates, observe, and review the submitted documents.

By April 1st, 2019 the University Committee shall select up to six winners from the colleges/units, and the one overall winner, to receive the PSU Rector’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. The University Committee has criteria of submission evaluation out of 100% and 80% is the minimum score to become a candidate for the Rector’s Award for Distinguished Teaching; thus, the University Committee may award less than six College-Level winners if the minimum score has not been met. During this process, the University Committee members will visit the classes of any finalist candidate, ad hoc, not prearranged. Also, they will interview the top 3 candidates as selected by the subcommittees, conduct classroom observations, review the documents submitted in support of the nomination, and take the overall score from the subcommittee into consideration. The announcement of the results will follow at the end of the academic year or the beginning of the next academic year.


Candidate File Submissions

Files to be uploaded will include the following, and only the following eight (8) documents, within the designated limits:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV): 10 pages maximum.
  • A philosophy of teaching statement that includes the following areas: teaching styles, methods, and objectives, as well as innovative examples of the integration of teaching with research and e-technology, and newer methodologies, in the classroom 3 pages maximum.
  • A syllabus from the courses you are currently teaching or have taught.
  • A minimum of at least 5 examples of performance evaluation of your teaching from the courses you have taught that span over at least two years: this could include the students’ evaluations and the classroom observation; in addition, your submission of these documents gives your consent to allow the University Teaching Award Committee to obtain your annual performance evaluation results from the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs Office for the past two years.
  • A selection of course reports for at least 2 courses taught over any 3 semesters.
  • Accounts of any professional teaching development e.g. workshops/seminars/conferences attended and/or participated in, during one's time at PSU 2 pages maximum.
  • Three letters of support.
  • The statement about why the candidate considers himself or herself to be a worthy recipient of this award 1 page only.

Conferral Of Award

The Prince Sultan University Rector’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the PSU Awards for Outstanding Teaching shall be formally conferred at the annual year-end gathering of Prince Sultan University faculty and staff or the opening address at the beginning of the academic year.