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Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer the Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation. This annual award honors the University of South Carolina’s most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.

The Garnet Apple Award serves as evidence of the university's dedication to encouraging innovation in teaching and learning, aiming to enhance the overall educational experience for students. Up to six full-time faculty members from the Columbia and Palmetto College campuses, and the Schools of Medicine (Columbia and Greenville), receive this award each year. Garnet Apple winners are nominated and reviewed by their peers.

Garnet Apple recipients will be awarded the Garnet Apple at the 2024 Oktoberbest Symposium and be invited to showcase their teaching innovations to the university community.

2024 Garnet Apple Award Nominations Are Now Open

Do you know a colleague who excels in adapting and building upon innovative best teaching practices in their courses? Are you aware of a highly creative and effective faculty member who develops new course materials, classroom methods, or pedagogical approaches? If so, we encourage you to consider nominating them for the Garnet Apple Award.

Complete information, including award nomination guidelines and nomination forms, is provided below.

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2024.

Nomination Guidelines and Forms

Complete nomination packets should be emailed to with the subject: NOMINEELASTNAME_2024 Garnet Apple.

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