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Excellence in Teaching Verbal Behavior Award - 2024

Faculty and Professional Awards – Excellence in Teaching Verbal Behavior Award Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VB SIG)


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Excellence in Teaching Verbal Behavior Award. This award was established to recognize outstanding teaching in the area of Verbal Behavior. One individual, whose dedication to teaching on topics concerned with Verbal Behavior and talent in the classroom is outstanding, will be recognized. Nominations should highlight the characteristics of the individual as an exemplary classroom teacher and clearly articulate why the nominee is deserving of the award.


Eligible nominees are:

  • Master’s and Doctoral level instructors teaching graduate level coursework in the area of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior


To nominate someone for this award, send the nominee’s name, email, and affiliation along with a 1-page letter highlighting:

  • The characteristics of the individual’s behavior that exemplify outstanding teaching in the area of verbal behavior.


Nominees will be notified and asked to submit a one-page teaching statement.

Only nominations accompanied by a nomination letter will be considered. Nomination letters should be no longer than one page. Nominations must be received by Friday, March 22, 2024. Send nominations to thevbsig@gmail.com ATTN: Excellence in Teaching Verbal Behavior Award


Notification of award status will be no later than April 14, 2024. The winner will be announced during the VB SIG business meeting at the Annual Association for Behavior Analysis and will receive a plaque.


Guidelines for decisions:

  • Nominations are received by the Professional Awards Coordinator and reviewed to determine that the individual meets the eligibility requirements.

  • The Faculty and Professional Awards Coordinator will select a Voting Committee consisting of a panel of four to five master’s and doctoral-level experts.

  • Nominations are reviewed, discussed, and with the aid of a scoring rubric, voted on by the panel.

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