The Diane M. Lee Teaching Award

An informal portrait of Diane outside in a garden

The Diane M. Lee Endowment for First Year Experience was created to support and recognize instructional faculty and staff for their work with students during their year of transition to UMBC. The goal of the Teaching Award is to assist the award recipients in their ongoing work with new students with an understanding that they will share their experiences and teaching strategies with others who are also partners in ensuring that new students achieve successful outcomes academically as they engage with opportunities across campus.

This is an annual award for which individuals can be nominated or self-nominated.

Nominees will need to provide:

  • A letter of recommendation (or self-nomination),
  • A statement about their teaching philosophy with a focus on learning outcomes that enable students to find their own success as they transition to college through one of UMBC’s first-year programs which includes First-Year Seminars, Introduction to an Honors University Seminars, Transfer Seminars, and our Summer/Winter Bridge Programs.
  • Optional: Names and contact information for two students who can speak to their work with new students. Post Assessments and SEEQs can also be used as support documentation as they provide student feedback.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Faculty (full-time, part-time, adjunct) and staff who have served as instructors in one of the identified first-year programs are encouraged to apply.
  • Faculty who teach the course within their department that works in partnership with the IHU or TRS course are also eligible to apply.
  • Emeritus faculty and staff who participated in these programs are encouraged to apply.

The Diane M. Lee Teaching Award is conferred annually for a term of one year upon a UMBC faculty or staff member.

The award will allocate a $1,000 to stipend to the recipient. Recipients will meet with the donor virtually or in person to discuss their work with new students and will be expected to share their knowledge and expertise with other instructional faculty and staff who want to strengthen their work with new students. This will be done through small group opportunities coordinated by AETP as the office with administrative oversight for many of UMBC’s new student academic programs.

For more information, please contact Jill Randles, Assistant Vice Provost/Assistant Dean in the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, at 410-455-3715, or via email at jrandles@umbc.edu.