Vermont Humanities

Swenson Award Nominations

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Swenson Award

The Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award recognizes a Vermont educator in grades 6 through 12 who exemplifies excellence in the teaching of the humanities.

How to Nominate an Educator

We require a nomination letter and a second letter of support.

The documents must demonstrate how the educator goes “above and beyond” to meet the qualifications for the award.

Swenson Award Nomination Form

Nominees must be a Vermont educator for grades 6 through 12 who:

  • Inspires his or her students and encourages in them intellectual curiousity and a lifelong love of learning
  • Possesses extraordinary knowledge, ability, and accomplishment in the teaching of language, literature, history, social studies, or other humanities fields
  • Exhibits infectious enthusiasm for his/her subject and learning in general
  • Embodies a commitment to the highest standards of achievement, for him/herself and students

This year, we’re asking nominators to tell us how teachers have excelled in working under the difficult circumstances presented by the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and structural racism.

Individuals may not nominate themselves. Current members of the Vermont Humanities board and staff and members of the judging committee are not eligible to receive the award.

Don’t want to fill out the online form? Mail the letter of nomination and a second letter of support to the Vermont Humanities office.

After reviewing the nominations, the judging committee will seek additional supporting material. Letters of nomination are due at the Vermont Humanities office by August 1, 2022.

Vermont Humanities*** November 24, 2014