SHASS opens call for 2017 Levitan Teaching Award nominations

"This prize honors great educators in our School who have demonstrated oustanding success in teaching our undergraduate and graduate students."

— Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences


28 February 2017

Do you have a favorite SHASS professor, lecturer or TA? Through the James A. and Ruth Levitan Teaching Award, you can nominate a great SHASS instructor with just a sentence or two about why you value their teaching. Each year, SHASS students reach out with a short email to name a terrific teacher and help get that teacher wider recognition for the hard work they do every day. Use the guidelines on the website to send an email nomination by Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Making a difference

This award recognizes SHASS teachers — professors, lecturers, and graduate teaching assistants — who make a profound difference in the educational experience of MIT undergraduate and graduate students. Nominations are made, by students themselves, through the course of the academic year and reflect the positive role that our educators play in the day-to-day, week-to-week efforts of MIT students as they engage with and excel in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. All non-visiting instructors in undergraduate and graduate SHASS subjects are eligible, including faculty, lecturers, and TAs.

Please include the following in your nominating email to

• Your name

• Your email address

• Full name of your favorite teacher

• Subjects taken with that teacher

• A paragraph explanation of why you are nominating this teacher. (You might give an example of: impact, approachability, responsiveness, or teaching effectiveness.)


Suggested links

Levitan Teaching Awards

Gallery of Recipients

MIT News acrhive: Levitan Teaching Awards


Story prepared by MIT SHASS Communications
Editorial team: Sarah Goodman, Emily Hiestand