Katie Geneva Cannon Excellence in Teaching Award


The Katie Geneva Cannon Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes the importance of teaching and honors outstanding teaching in the field. Given the considerable shifts in the higher education landscape in recent years, and the effects these shifts have had on teaching and learning about religion, this award underscores the importance of recognizing teaching excellence across a wide variety of contexts.

View the list of past winners.


  • Outstanding pedagogical performance in a higher education learning context, as demonstrated by the teaching and learning statement, representative syllabi, letters of recommendation, and other evidence of teaching excellence.
  • Development of innovative and/or exceptionally effective teaching methods, courses, and curricular materials, examples of which might include community-based education, grant projects on pedagogy, effective program design, contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and/or contributions to teaching as a means of enhancing the public understanding of religion.
  • Commitment to professional identity as a teacher of religion, including student or peer mentoring, workshop facilitation or design, and/or educational leadership at the local institution or professional societies.
  • At least five years’ experience teaching in a higher education learning context.

Submission Instructions

All submissions must include the following materials:

  • A one-page cover letter wherein the nominee should outline the nomination materials and highlight their achievements with respect to the criteria listed above.
  • Two representative recent syllabi, along with supporting documentation such as descriptions of particularly effective learning activities and/or assignments.
  • A teaching and learning statement of no more than 1000 words in which the nominee should respond to the following:
    • Describe the context in which you teach about religion and how you practice effective pedagogy therein.
    • Describe the pedagogical arc and purpose of your syllabi.
    • Describe a pedagogical situation where you know your students are learning. 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from colleagues that can knowledgeably discuss the nominee’s achievements in teaching and learning about religion.
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than three pages that fronts achievements in teaching and learning.

Nominations, and any information in support of them, must be received by the deadline. Partial submissions will not be accepted. Nomination materials may be mailed or submitted electronically through the online form provided.

If mailing nomination materials, send to:

Katie Geneva Cannon Excellence in Teaching Award
Attention: Marchell Jackson
American Academy of Religion
825 Houston Mill RD NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-4205

Selection Process


For questions, please contact Marchell Jackson at [email protected].


TBA for the 2023 cycle

Award Amount