The Guidelines of the Academy of Teaching

Revised October 2019

The mission of the Academy of Teaching is to promote excellence in teaching.

The Academy of Teaching consists of past recipients of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer. It is not a formal organization, but rather a network coordinated by its Executive Council. The Academy’s members serve as teaching resources and advisors to the university community through undertaking activities supported by its membership. The Academy receives administrative support from the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, and financial resources from the Office of Academic Affairs and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.

There are three categories of membership: regular, retired, and inactive.

Regular members are past recipients of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching who are active faculty at The Ohio State University.

Each year, new recipients of the Award are welcomed as regular members; membership may be declined.

Regular members who retire become retired members.

Regular members who leave Ohio State become inactive members.

Periodically, the Council will update its listings to reflect the changing status of membership.  

Executive Council
The Council handles the regular business of the Academy. The Chair of the Council calls meetings as needed. For special matters that warrant input from and deliberation by the entire Academy, the Council may hold open meetings for members. Minutes of Council meetings will be posted on the Academy website following the meeting.

The Executive Council consists of twelve to sixteen members: at least nine members appointed by the Executive Council of the Academy from its regular membership, each serving a term of three years; and one ex officio member from each of the following: Office of Academic Affairs, University Institute for Teaching and Learning, and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. A quorum of the Council consists of two-thirds of the nine Academy members.

New members of the Council are nominated by current members and selected by members of the Executive Council at the conclusion of the Spring Semester. They assume responsibilities at the first Autumn Semester meeting. Also at the last Spring Semester meeting, the Council selects a Vice-Chair for the next year from the second- or third-year Academy members of the Council if the current chair is entering his or her second year as Chair. The Vice-Chair assumes the role of Chair after one year and serves a two-year term as Chair. New officers assume their responsibilities immediately after the conclusion of the last Spring meeting. If the incoming Chair’s term as a member of the Council is concluding, the person continues as a member of the Council for the remainder of his or her term as Chair.

The intended timing is: new members of the Academy are announced; then new members of the Council are selected, and then new Officers are selected from second- and third-year members. Thus, there are always six members of the Council available for election as officers.

The Chair is the spokesperson for the Executive Council for the Academy. The Chair appoints committees of the Academy as required. The Chair may delegate either of these responsibilities to the Vice Chair, who serves as Chair in the absence of the Chair.

Duties of the Executive Council 

Typical duties of Executive Council include the following: 

  • Organizes Fall Breakfast meeting for Academy members;
  • Organizes annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning for OSU community;
  • Discusses and plans  special projects that advance the mission of the Academy;
  • Liaises with other organizations at OSU that contribute to the university’s teaching and learning mission;
  • Maintains the Academy of Teaching website (, which  distributes content to Academy members (and general readership);
  • Handles central communications to Academy members and the OSU community;
  • Welcomes new members;
  • Endorses initiatives on behalf of the Academy (e.g., Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer).


Voting Process of the Executive Council: 

[Description of voting process is forthcoming.]

Notes on the guidelines
The guidelines are not a formal constitution and bylaws. They are written to allow interpretation by reasonable people and are subject to revision through periodic meeting and discussion of the Executive Council.