Scholarship Details

Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

Application Deadline:



"Great Teacher" Nominations


The Cherry Award program is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. The recipient of the Cherry Award will receive a prize of $250,000 and will teach in residence at Baylor University fall or spring semester; travel expenses and a furnished apartment will be provided. To further Baylor University's commitment to great teaching, the award recipients home department will receive $25,000.


Selection Criteria
The Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching honors outstanding professors in the English-speaking world who are distinguished for their ability to communicate as classroom teachers. Individuals nominated for the award should have a proven record as an extraordinary teacher with a positive, inspiring, and long-lasting effect on students, along with a record of distinguished scholarship.

Terms of Award:

The Award Process
Three finalists will be chosen from the field of nominees. Nominations should correspond with academic units engaged in undergraduate teaching at Baylor. Each finalist will receive $15,000 and will be invited to present a series of lectures at Baylor University. Finalists will present a Cherry Award Lecture on their home campuses as well. In addition, the home department of the finalists will receive $10,000 to foster the development of pedagogical skills. The recipient of the Cherry Award, will thus receive a total of $265,000, and $35,000 for his or her home department.

Please Submit:

This information was sent from the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) in Old Main:

Supporting documents to be submitted with the nomination are:

1) curriculum vitae

2) summary statement (2 pgs max written by nominator) describing how the
nominee satisfies the selection criteria

3) school catalog descriptions of representative courses taught during the
last full year of teaching

4) 3(min) - 8(max) letters of reference from former students, colleagues,
deans, etc. (letters should be 1-2 pages in length)

NOTE: After submitting the nomination form

1) Page needed to upload required supporting documents will be revealed.

2) An automatically generated e-mail will be sent to the nominator's e-mail address.
Use the link in the message to upload any documents that will be submitted at a later

3) An e-mail also will be sent to each reference with a link for his/her letter of
recommendation to be directly uploaded and submitted.*

*Note: If you as nominator are submitting the letters of recommendation, do not
list the e-mail address of each reference on the nomination form.

Online Application: