Honors College Office of the Provost

Faculty Appreciation


Tips and ShoutOut FAQs

What is a Tip and Shoutout?

A tip and shoutout is a short 1–3 minute video, consisting of a faculty appreciation tip and a shoutout to a professor you would like to recognize. 

Who can participate? 

Any Honors student or alumni in good standing with the Honors College. 

Who can be shouted out? 

Any former professor, instructor, or lecturer you want to recognize. If you want to recognize a current professor, please contact your advisor for more details. 

Once your shoutout is posted, the Honors College will notify your professor of your shoutout. 

Where are shoutouts posted? 

Shoutouts are posted on the Honor’s College’s social media accounts. To access our social media accounts, consult the links below: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/auburnhonors/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/auburnhonors  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/auburnhonors/  

How often are shoutouts posted?  

Shoutouts generally occur twice a month. However, during special occasions, such as Employee Appreciation week, posts may be made more frequently. 

How do I participate? 

If you are interested in submitting a shoutout, please contact your Honors advisor. 

How should my video be structured? 

Ideally, your video should follow one of our video scripts. Please click here for more details.

How do I access previous shoutouts? 

All shoutouts can be found by clicking this link: YOUTUBE

Appreciation is an Ongoing Action 

Although shoutouts are one way you can show appreciation for outstanding faculty members, showing appreciation is more than just a social media statement. Appreciation is an ongoing action. 

Below are some of the ways you can show appreciation throughout the semester.  

Have a Good Attitude! 

Attitude is everything. Even if the class or professor is not your favorite, at least make a good faith effort and be respectful. 

Showing appreciation doesn’t have to be reserved to just your favorite professors. Some professors truly love the material they are teaching but feel disconnected from the students. Showing that you care about what they are teaching can bring the best out of both you and your professor. 

Engage and Participate in Class! 

Actions speak louder than words. The best way of showing that you appreciate your professors’ investment in the class is showing up to class, actively engaging with the course material, answering questions, and genuinely expressing an interest in the course material.  

Be Honest! 

One way you can show your professor that you appreciate them is to be honest. It is disappointing for professors when students take advantage of their kindness, exploit medical excuses, and engage in academic dishonesty. This includes asking your professor to excuse work when you really weren’t sick and sharing test questions over chat groups. 

Don’t Make Lame Excuses! 

If you are struggling with work or grades, don’t make up lame excuses. Lame excuses convey to your professors a lack of appreciation for their hard work and a lack of effort on your end. 

Suppose that you needed your professor to do something for you, such as grade a test, answer your question, or post an assignment. How would you feel if your professor gave you an excuse like: 

  • I was too scared to go to my office because it was thundering and raining outside. 
  • A new gaming level just posted and so I really need to play it rather than come to office hours. 

You would feel that your professor doesn’t care about the class. So, if you want to show your appreciation to your professor, don’t make lame excuses. 

Be Fair in Evaluating the Course! 

Be fair in the AU-Evals and online professor rating websites. 

Professors appreciate feedback, so don’t blow off the AU-Evals. Many professors read their AU-Evals and hopefully apply student advice to future classes. Even though you may have constructive criticism for the teaching style or course material, as one professor asked, “remember that there is a human on the other end of the screen.” Even if you think your professor is the worst professor you ever had, you can usually find at least one positive thing to say. 

Just Say Thank You! 

Just a sincere thank you can mean a lot to your professor. Professors appreciate students’ engagement and kind words. 

If you are super nervous about verbalizing your comments, you should feel free to express your emotions in a thoughtful email or handwritten card.  

When you show appreciation, demonstrate that you have actually learned something and remember their class. But be honest, too. If their class didn’t change your life, then don’t say it did. A sincere and personal thank-you message is better than a generic or exaggerated one, which can easily be misinterpreted as veiled bribery in order to grade grub or curry emotional points from your professor.

About this Project

The Faculty Appreciation webpage was created and designed by Honors students in Dr. Sippial’s Leadership Lab class.

Last modified: November 14, 2022