Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Awards

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. 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


Deadlines will be determined and announced by the awards committee in the Spring Term.

  • Nominations open: February 2023
  • Nominations close: March 2023
  • Students notified: Late-March 2023
  • Applications due: April 1st, 2023
    • Students who were nominated will receive instructions via email on how to apply.
  • Notification of the results: Mid April, 2023

How Does the Awards Process Work?

Each spring term, the Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Award Committee accepts 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 reviews applications and selects several exemplary students from each school division (i.e., humanities, natural sciences, social sciences). A special faculty committee makes the final selections.

Teaching Award Committee

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

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