Applications are currently closed for the 2024 Rising Star Award.

Faculty can become eligible for a 2025 Rising Star Award by completing the below requirements. All Rising Star Award requirements must be completed within the past two years, and each eligibility requirement can only be applied to one qualifying award. For example, if you win the 2021 Rising Star Award by submitting the Great Teaching Certificate, you cannot use the Great Teaching Certificate for a future application. But if you did not receive the award, then the certificate could be used again. Faculty are eligible to receive the award once within a two year span.

1. Professional Development

  •  Complete at least one Passport to Great Teaching certificate

2. Focused Training

Participate in at least two of the following:

*Must submit proof of completion (certificate, badge, etc.) 

  • First Year Faculty Teaching Academy
  • Elevate
  • Team-Based Learning Workshop
  • Global Learning Institute
  • Design a Virtual Exchange
  • CITT Course Mapping Camp
  • CITT Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility Workshop Series
  • The Great Online Course Series
  • Complete the CREW (Course Reviews for Excellence Workshop) and choose one of the following options:
    • Have your course undergo a standard Pathways course review
    • Have your course, if applicable, undergo a Fast Track course review (accelerated reviews are not included)
    • Serve on 2 standard course review teams
    • Serve on 4 Fast Track course review teams
  • Faculty Learning Community
    • Receive an FLC participation form after the second semester
  • CALS Teacher College
  • CTSI Mentor Academy

3. Pay it Forward

Select two of the following:

  •  Present a workshop for the Center for Teaching Excellence in Fall and Spring
  • Create a resource, article, or a chapter to be shared with the UF teaching community (resources must be shared with the Center for Teaching Excellence)
  • Present at Interface
  • Host a cafe conversation
  • Record a podcast with the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Become a master reviewer by reviewing five courses for the Pathways to Teaching Excellence program
  • Become a master reviewer by reviewing ten courses for the Fast-Track Course Review process
  • Add your high quality or exemplary course to Florida CourseShare
  • Lead a Faculty Learning Community as a facilitator
  • Assess and provide feedback on CTE initiatives


For questions about the requirements or the awards, contact Alexandra Bitton-Bailey.