Pacific Branch Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (pass-through award)

The nomination of the winner of this award will be modified and forwarded as the pass-through nomination from PBESA for the National ESA competition for the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. The awardee must have excelled through innovations in developing new courses, programs, and teaching methods.

Previous Winners
View the list of those who have previously received this award. 

Eligibility Requirements
Nominees must be an ESA member of the Pacific Branch.

Nomination Requirements

  1. Letter of nomination
  2. CV of the nominee
  3. Up to three letters of endorsement from colleagues and students
  4. Documentation of teaching innovations

Nomination Process
Submit the award nomination packet through the Pacific Branch Award Nomination Website.

Evaluation Criteria 
Nominees/candidates will be judged using the following criteria for a total of 100 points:

  1. Classroom Instructions(30 points total)
    a.  Amount/number of courses and/or students (10)
    b.  Effectiveness, innovation, and effort of methods (10)
    c.  Effectiveness, innovation, and effort of materials (10)
  2. Other Aspects of Teaching(40 points total)
    a.  Development of new courses or curricula (4)
    b.  Grants received for teaching (2)
    c.  Publications related to teaching (2)
    d.  Talks related to teaching (2)
    e.  Participation in committees related to teaching (2)
    f.   Advising students and student organizations (20)
    g.  Evaluation by students and peers (8)
  3. Outreach and Other Activities(30 points total)
    a.  Presentations or activities for K-12 and/or general public (10)
    b.  Workshops or short courses for professional audience (10)
    c.  Other professional activities, such as research, extension, consulting, or service (10)

File Specifications
Only PDF files will be accepted.Supporting image files should be embedded into the document, and should be of sufficient resolution for easy viewing. All nomination packets are limited to a maximum of 20 pages. (Any reprints are not included in the 20 page limit.)

Nomination packages must be received by the ESA Awards Administrator via the Pacific Branch Nomination Website by Monday March 19, 2018 at 12:00 Midnight. This deadline refers to receipt by the Awards Administrator of a complete package in a readable format. Please inform the canvasing committee of an intent to nominate by Monday February 19, 2018 via email to and  

Any questions regarding the award or nomination process please email Chuck Burks ( or Mary Sorensen (

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