Residence Halls 16

Excellence in Teaching

Excellence in Teaching

Letter from the Dean

Dear Teachers and Administrators:

I am sorry to have to write this letter, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Campbellsville University will be unable to host its annual Excellence in Teaching (EIT) event this year. Other opportunities and timelines were pursued but after looking into those options and speaking with the administration,  I have made the decision to cancel EIT in 2020.

Though the in-person event will not take place, the University will still be mailing the awards to the recipients. Additionally, I would like to encourage all participants who have not done so to give their information to Joan McKinney ( so that she and her Communications team can contact local papers and honor this achievement in print.

I am sorry I will not be able to meet you as a recipient this year. It is ironic that a time when teachers and administrators are on the front lines of a global pandemic meeting the educational and physical needs of students and their families, we are unable to acknowledge your dedication and passion in a more visible and tangible way. Please know that at this time, we are praying for the health and safety of you and your communities. Thank you for the incredible work that you do.



Dr. Lisa Allen, Dean
School of Education
Campbellsville University


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Campbellsville University began the Excellence in Teaching Award Program in 1987 with assistance from Mr. Earl Aaron and the Ward, Cundiff, and Aaron Memorial Fund. The purpose of the program is to recognize the quality teaching and learning taking place in the school systems throughout Kentucky. Excellence in Teaching 2020 is Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 AM EST.

Through the awards program, Campbellsville University presents certificates to teachers in each grade level (preschool/elementary, middle grades, and high school) as selected by their school districts. Over 3,000 teachers have been honored since the program’s inception.


The purpose of this award is to recognize quality teaching in Kentucky schools and to strengthen the field of education. It provides statewide recognition to three outstanding individuals for their leadership and dedication to the teaching profession. Implicit in the award is the expectation that the recipients’ examples may inspire all teachers to excel.

In addition to recognition and an awards ceremony, recipients will receive a personalized certificate. A press release and photo will be sent to the newspaper in the recipient’s community if desired.

Teacher Selection

You may select the following teachers to honor from your district:

  • One preschool OR one elementary teacher
  • One middle school teacher
  • One high school teacher

You do not have to nominate someone from each level.  You may not, however, choose two teachers from the same category.  Recipients of the previous year’s award are ineligible for the current year’s award. 


View past winners of the Excellence in Teaching Award: