Who should receive MIT's highest honor for teaching, mentoring and innovation in undergraduate education? Provost Chris A. Kaiser has issued the annual call for nominations for MacVicar Faculty Fellows, which are due on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program was established in 1992 to honor the life and devotion to teaching excellence of Margaret MacVicar '64, ScD '67, MIT's first Dean for Undergraduate Education and founder of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The program recognizes and rewards faculty for sustained commitment to undergraduate instruction and educational innovation, inside the classroom and beyond.
Kaiser, who himself was named a MacVicar Fellow in 1999, commented, "It has become one of MIT's fine traditions each year to publicly celebrate the contributions of its most dedicated teachers. Personally I know how meaningful it is to be selected as a MacVicar Fellow. Not only is it an honor to be recognized for teaching accomplishments, but is also a tremendous opportunity to join such a distinguished group of inspiring educators. I look forward to welcoming new Fellows into the MacVicar Fellows community."
Nominations, including letters of support from faculty, department heads, and students, should be delivered to the Office of Faculty Support, 12-127. A complete description of the program, a list of fellows, and details of the nomination process are available at the MacVicar Fellows website.
MacVicar Fellows are appointed by the Provost on the recommendation of an advisory committee, which is headed by the Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings and composed of faculty and two undergraduates. Fellows are appointed for 10 years and receive an annual allowance of $10,000 for educational activities, research, travel, and other scholarly activities. New Fellows will be announced and honored on MacVicar Day, which will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013.