Do you know a new teacher in Speech Communication who is doing an outstanding job? If so, please consider nominating that person for the ICA Outstanding New Teacher Award.

Each year at the Awards Banquet during the annual conference in September, ICA recognizes a deserving faculty member who is in his or her first seven years of full-time teaching. The nominee can be K-12 or college/university level. Nominees do not need to be members of ICA to have their names submitted for the award. Self-nominations are accepted. Although ICA encourages the recipient to attend the conference and banquet, it is not mandatory that the recipient attend. The recipient will receive banquet tickets for him/herself and a guest, compliments of ICA. If the recipient does attend the Award Ceremony, a brief acceptance speech would be expected. Information about the award and nomination requirements may be found on the website: www.iowacomm.org.

Applications and questions regarding the nomination process may be directed to 

Criteria for the ICA Outstanding New Teacher Award:

1.     The nominee must be in his or her first seven years of full-time teaching in speech communication.

2.     The nominee may be teaching at any level, grade school through graduate school, in the state of Iowa.

3.     The nominee must have distinguished him/herself as an outstanding classroom teacher.

4.     The nominee does not need to be a member of ICA.

5.     Self-nominations are appropriate.

Materials to be electronically submitted for nomination: (Submissions must be created in PDF, and all materials must be submitted in a single file.

1.     A letter of nomination.

2.     The nominee’s current academic resume or vita.

3.     A total of three letters of recommendation from students, supervisors, colleagues, or

4.     administrators that cite specific reasons why the nominee should be selected for this award.

5.     Evidence of teaching effectiveness as evidenced by course/instructor evaluations including

6.     comments and numerical ratings with an explanation of rating scale norms..

7.     A listing of the nominee’s current teaching and co-curricular responsibilities.

8.     An example of a most effective teaching strategy, assignment, or lesson.

9.     A current teaching philosophy.