Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching


About this Award

The Office of the Provost each year presents the Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching,  given to a faculty member who best exemplifies creativity in teaching, is receptive to evaluation, is responsive to the individual learning needs of students, is a mentor to students and faculty alike, and is recognized and respected by professional colleagues.

In 1989 a Committee was established to develop eligibility, criteria and a selection process for an Award for Excellence in Teaching. The first Excellence in Teaching Award was awarded to Nancy T. Watts, Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions Commencement on June 16, 1989. In 1996, the award was renamed the Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching to honor her as the first recipient of the award.  Nancy T. Watts, PhD, PT, FAPTA helped create the Institute and then was its first Director of the Physical Therapy program. The Watts award is presented during the fall Faculty Convocation.

Purpose of the Award

To honor a distinguished Institute faculty member who has excelled in meeting the excellence in teaching criteria and is recognized by students, faculty colleagues, and other members of the community.


All regular and adjunct faculty of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, who have not already received the award, are eligible for the award. Nominations will stay active for three years.


A committee with representation from faculty, students, and the Board of Trustees will evaluate the nominees' qualification for evidence of:

  • Commitment to enhancing the educational experience of Institute students
  • Creativity in teaching methods
  • Openness to student and faculty colleague evaluation
  • Success as a mentor to faculty or students


Please assemble the following items into a single ELECTRONIC packet and email it to the Office of the Provost by April 15:

  1. A cover letter from the nominator(s) describing how the candidate meets the selection criteria for the award
  2. Between two and six supporting letters, from both students and colleagues, attesting to the candidate's teaching excellence 
  3. Sample materials that demonstrate creativity in teaching methods (if appropriate).

The provost will appoint a committee consisting of representatives from students, faculty, and Institute leadership to review and rate the nominations.

View list of past recipients