MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education



Beginning in 2018, The MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education is given to two MƒA Master Teachers, one mathematics teacher and one science teacher, who during their tenures as MƒA Master Teachers, have influenced the teaching profession in exceptional ways.

The teaching profession needs accomplished teachers who are respected, recognized and situated within communities where they can lead and learn alongside one another. At MƒA, we award fellowships based on these ideals - our fellowships encourage accomplished mathematics and science teachers to continue teaching while building a deep professional network that supports their continued growth. Through our fellowships, MƒA is influencing the public dialogue about teachers and teaching.

Nominate a TeacherFor teaching to be truly respected, it is essential for the voices of great teachers to be at the forefront of conversations about math and science education. We need their influence both locally and nationally. Teachers must be included in public discourse about educational policies, reforms, and initiatives that impact the profession of math and science teaching, as well as within their own school communities. Great teachers who use their professional influence to engage, encourage, and support others in their profession are an inspiration and warrant recognition.

Award Information

The MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education recognizes an extraordinary mathematics and science teacher from within the MƒA Master Teacher community who:

  • Influences and advances the broader math and/or science teaching profession with novel ideas, professional practice, and expertise
  • Advocates to elevate the teaching profession and inspire others
  • Invites deep dialogue and research around current issues in math and/or science education
  • Embodies a commitment to peer-to-peer learning and leading
  • Demonstrates a dedication to the field of math and/or science education
  • Exhibits leadership within and beyond the MƒA community

The award carries a $20,000 honorarium for the teacher and a $5,000 award for the school or organization of its nominator. This award is made possible by financial support from MƒA Board Member Peter Muller and his wife Jillian through their Dancing Tides Foundation.

Eligibility & Award Criteria

Current MƒA Master Teachers who are active in, at least, their second Master Teacher Fellowship are eligible to be nominated (click here for a complete list). The award recipient and nominater must be available on the evening of June 5, 2018.

Nominations

We seek nominations from individuals who work in math and science education and who want to recognize extraordinary teachers who are making contributions to the field of STEM education. Nominations can be submitted by anyone in the following categories:

  • Principal, Assistant Principal, Coach or non-MƒA teaching colleague
  • Any District or Central Administrator
  • A Mathematician or Scientist or faculty in higher education
  • Any professional engaged in STEM related issues in education

*MƒA Staff Members and current MƒA teachers are not eligible to serve as nominators, though current MƒA teachers may serve as references if asked by a nominator.

Award Criteria

Nominators are encouraged to consider the following ideas in their submission:

  • Nominee's contributions to the math and/or science teaching profession.
    ▷ How has this teacher worked to have a positive impact within their school community?
    ▷ In what ways does this teacher use their voice to drive change outside their own classroom?
  • Nominee's commitment to influencing other math and/or science teachers.
    ▷ How has this teacher demonstrated leadership within their own school and/or the broader math or science community
    ▷ What are the leadership qualities that define and distinguish this candidate?
  • Nominee inspires other teachers to stay in the teaching profession.
    ▷ What distinguishes this teacher’s positive influence on others in the teaching profession?
  • Nominee’s work ethic has contributed to their success.
    ▷ How has this teacher embraced optimism, dedication, and humility in their work?
  • Nominee’s professional achievements.
    ▷ How has the work of this teacher been publicly recognized?
    ▷ What professional contributions and efforts has this teacher made beyond their regular scope of work?

Nomination & Selection Process

A complete nomination packet consists of a nomination letter, 1-3 artifacts, and the completed online form. 

  1. Nomination Letter:
    A written description of how the nominee meets the criteria for this award (see Award Criteria). This description may take the form of a letter that addresses the nominee’s influence and relevant qualities. The letter should not exceed three single-spaced, typed pages. The extent to which the letter makes a succinct case for the teacher is more important than the letter’s length.
  2. Artifacts:
    At least one artifact (and no more than three) that illustrates the nominee’s influence. This may include items authored by the nominee, materials produced under the nominee’s leadership, and media articles about the nominee or their work.
    • All artifacts should be submitted by the nominator.
    • Artifacts are meant to inform, contextualize, and speak to the broad influence of the nominee on the teaching profession. Examples may include, but are not limited to: conference presentations, news articles, speaking engagements, etc.
  3. Online Form:
    A completed Nomination Form that includes the following information:
    • Complete contact information, including name and school for the nominee, as well as name, organization, telephone number, and title for the nominator.
    • Complete contact information for two additional professionals who are willing to be contacted by the selection committee as references. At least one of these individuals must be from an entity other than the nominee’s school (current MƒA teachers may serve as references).

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Selection Process

Finalists for the award will be chosen by an external selection committee. Once the finalists have been selected, their respective nominators will be asked to take part in a 20-30 minute phone interview to learn more about the nominee.

The selection committee will then make final recommendations for two awardees (one in math and one in science). The award recipients will be notified of the committee’s decision in late May 2018. Winning teachers and their nominator will be recognized at an awards ceremony on the evening of June 5, 2018.

FAQs

What are the criteria for selection?
Individuals will be selected based on evidence of influence and professional contribution to the teaching and education of Mathematics and Science, as well as support for other educators.

How do I find out which teachers are eligible?
The list of eligible candidates can be found here.

Why does the award put such an emphasis on influence?
MƒA recognizes, rewards, and celebrates excellent classroom teaching through fellowships and the work of the broader MƒA community. This award is different in that it seeks to recognize how teachers are positively impacting the broader landscape of math and science teaching and their fellow educators.

Are the recipients required to do anything specific with their monetary awards?
The award carries a $20,000 honorarium for the teacher and a $5,000 award for the school or organization of its nominator. The prize is unrestricted; recipients may spend as they choose.

How many award recipients will be named?
Two MƒA Master Teachers will be named - one in Science and one in Mathematics each year.

What is the timeline for the MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education?

Nomination period - March 1- April 30, 2018
Selection period - May 2018
Winner Announced -  End of May 2018
Award ceremony - The evening of June 5, 2018

Can I nominate myself?
No. Nominations must be made by a individuals working in the field(s) of math and/or science education that wish to recognize the contributions of another math and/or science educator.

How do I nominate an MƒA teacher?
Click here to learn more about the nomination process.

When will award recipients be notified?
Recipients will be notified prior to the June 5th Award Ceremony.

What if I have additional questions?
Please email us at mullerawardforinfluence@mathforamerica.org.

Is this award given in addition to MƒA stipends?
MƒA teachers receive a stipend in recognition of excellence in mathematics and science teaching. The Muller Award is an additional honorarium recognizing the selected teachers for professional influence.