The Innovation in Teaching Award honors faculty who have implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches shown to increase student learning and success.
The award is also designed to encourage the dissemination of these approaches to colleagues across disciplines.
Innovative teaching is defined broadly and may include the use of new instructional technologies, the use of traditional technologies in creative ways, novel approaches to instruction, and new ways to engage students in the learning process.
The 2016 Innovation in Teaching Award will be awarded to seven interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary faculty groups, with the goal of highlighting winners from across the University.
Review the Award Rules and Award Criteria below before completing the nomination form.
Faculty teams can self-nominate. Nominations can also be completed by a colleague, a chairperson, or a student.
All nominated teams will have the opportunity to submit proposals.
In the nomination form, please include a brief description of the innovative approach, technique, or project(s) (600 words maximum).
2016 Award Rules
Proposals will be accepted by groups of two or more full-time faculty of any standing (including tenured, tenure-track, lecturers, and clinical faculty).
Proposals must include an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach to the project. Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approaches may include collaborations across (1) colleges, (2) departments, and (3) programs, including undergraduate and graduate programs.
There is no limit to the number of faculty in the proposal. A lead faculty should be responsible for submitting the final proposal.
The innovative practices must have been completed within the past three (3) years.
Previous winners must wait three years before submitting a new proposal for the Award.
2016 Award Criteria
Each award proposal will be judged against the following criteria:
The approach is innovative. Innovative teaching is defined broadly and may include the use of new instructional technologies, the use of traditional technologies in creative ways, novel approaches to instruction, and new ways to engage students in the learning process.
It must demonstrate a positive impact(s) on teaching effectiveness, student learning, supporting diverse student learners, student readiness, and/or retention rates.
It must address current teaching and learning trends, research, practices, issues, and/or University goals.
The innovative practices were completed in the last 1-3 years.
2016 Award Prize
Each winning group will receive a commemorative plaque (presented to the Lead Faculty member), and all group members will receive certificates of honor presented at the January Conference on January 13, 2016.
In addition, winners will be featured on the OAI website both in video interviews (as seen below for the 2015 awardees) and with a formal written summary of their projects.
Awards will selected through the following process:
Nomination forms will be submitted to OAI that include names of the nominees and a brief description of their interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary project. Self-nominations will be accepted as well as nominations by colleagues, chairpersons, or students.
Nominees will be notified and asked to complete a proposal form with supplementary materials that document each aspect of the award criteria. Names of individuals making the nominations will be shared with the nominees.
The Award Review Committee will review the proposals and choose seven (7) winning teams with the aim of representing a wide range of disciplines.