Teaching Awards

Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Award


The A&S GSO Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Awards acknowledge excellence in graduate student teaching across the Arts & Sciences. Awards are presented to two students nominated by faculty, fellow graduate students, and undergraduates, in each of the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Humanities. The award, which is given in April, is named after Elizabeth Baranger, former Dean and, later, Vice-Provost of the School of Arts & Sciences.

The purpose of the teaching award is to:

  • Recognize and reward outstanding teaching by graduate students at Pitt
  • Make teaching by graduate students more visible and valued on campus
  • Raise the standards of the teaching by graduate students
  • Contribute to or spark discussions about what constitutes good teaching by graduate students on campus
  • Help graduate students prepare professionally for teaching careers


To nominate a graduate student please follow the link: Nominate a graduate instructor


Due to continued difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, deadlines are subject to change but will be announced and updated here

  • Nominations open: Feb 24, 2021
  • Nominations close: March 3, 2021
  • Students notified: March 8, 2021
  • Applications due: March 29, 2021
    • Students who were nominated will receive instructions via email on how to apply.
    • There will be an application workshop March 15, 2021
  • Notification date: Mid April, 2021
  • Award Ceremony date: No ceremony will be held this year

How Does the Awards Process Work?

Each spring, we, the Baranger Teaching Award Committee, accept nominations for outstanding graduate student teachers or instructors from the previous spring, summer, and fall semesters. Next, we invite nominated students to apply for the award. Nominees tell us about their teaching strategies, challenges, etc. The teaching award committee then sifts through applications and selects a few exemplary students from each school division (i.e., humanities, natural sciences, social sciences). A special faculty committee makes the final selections. Winners are traditionally invited to an awards ceremony luncheon with the committee and faculty members.

Teaching Award Committee

You can contact the committee at asgso@pitt.edu.

If you would like to volunteer as a judge, please send your name and email to asgso@pitt.edu.

Committee Chair: Deborah J Danuser

Committee Members: Katie Caulfield, Becky Forgrave, Misha O’Brien