Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award

The Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award honors outstanding achievement in teaching at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. The Award recognizes excellence in classroom instruction, capacity to inspire students and dedication to teaching.


Primary faculty members whose principal employment and primary academic affiliation is the Harvard Chan School and who have not won the award in the past ten years.


  • Three or more years of teaching and advising experiences
  • Consistency in teaching across courses
  • Received high overall course and teaching ratings


The award recipient is selected through a review of student course evaluations based on the criteria above, among other faculty teaching activities at the school such as mentoring and supporting other instructors and leadership in learning and teaching initiatives.

Students: To include your course evaluation in this process, it must be submitted by noon on May 10, 2024. (Please note that students may complete their course evaluation after May 10, 2024, but feedback after that date cannot be considered as part of the awarding process.)


A committee—comprised of representatives from the Office for Education, Committee on Educational Policy, and Committee on Admissions and Degrees—selects a faculty member to receive the Nichols Award.

Recipients of the Nichols Teaching Award will be announced during the graduation award ceremony. The recipient receives a cash award.