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THE ACS DIVISION OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION

CENTRAL REGION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Central Region. The Central Region of the ACS consists of the following Local Sections: Indiana, Indiana-Kentucky Border, Northeastern Indiana, Southern Indiana, Detroit, Huron Valley, Michigan State University, Midland, Western Michigan, Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Northeastern Ohio, Northwest Central Ohio, Penn-Ohio Border, Toledo, Upper Ohio Valley, Wooster, Erie, Penn-Ohio Border, Pittsburgh, Central Ohio Valley, Kanawha Valley, and Northern West Virginia.

Rules of Eligibility:

Who May Nominate? Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee or currently enrolled student of the nominee, may submit one nomination or support form in any given year. Local Sections within the Region are especially encouraged to submit nominations for the award.

Who is Eligible? The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) on at least a half-time basis. The nomination should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible:

  • The quality of the nominee’s teaching; unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized;
  • The nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students;
  • Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences;
  • A willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement;
  • Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession.


Required components of Nomination Portfolio:

The Awards Committee will consider only complete nomination portfolios. A complete portfolio shall consist of:

  • A Nomination Portfolio Check List which shall serve as the Portfolio Cover Sheet;
    • Nominator Information Form
    • Nominee Information Form
    • Nominator Recommendation of not more than 750 words submitted by the nominator according to theguidelines outlined on the Recommendation Form
    • A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities,and additional evidence of service to the profession; NOTE: This must be limited to no more than twopages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past five years.
    • A statement by the nominee of not more than 500 words that describes the nominee’s teaching philosophy orcommitment to the profession;
    • At least one, but not more than three, letters of support. One letter, of no more than 400 words, must be from theteacher’s current principal or supervisor. Additional letters of support, of no more than 400 words, may be sent by colleagues, members of the American Chemical Society, who are familiar with the nominee’sachievements, or former students and parents of former students.
    • NOTE: Some commentary on student reaction to the work of the nominee in either the nominatingletter or that of the current principal or supervisor is essential for a well- rounded portfolio.
     

DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION PACKET HERE: 

  

Instructions: Submit nominations to via email to Christopher Hadad at hadad.1@osu.edu  

Deadline: April 3rd, 2020

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