Innovation in Teaching Award

The 2018 OAI Innovation in Teaching Award honors faculty who have implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches shown to increase student learning and success.

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.

Call for Nominations Open Through 10/11/2017

IMPORTANT DATES  
Nominations due (No Exceptions) 10/11/2017
Nominees informed 10/16/2017
Proposals due 11/13/2017
Award Recipients are notified 12/14/2017
Award Recipients are recognized
at the January Conference
1/10/2018

Award Criteria

Each award proposal will be judged against the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. It must demonstrate a positive impact(s) on teaching effectiveness, student learning, supporting diverse student learners, student readiness, and/or retention rates.
  3. It must address current teaching and learning trends, research, practices, issues, and/or Towson University’s Presidential Priorities.

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 10, 2018.

In addition, winners will be featured on the OAI website.

Award Rules

  1. Proposals will be accepted by individuals or groups of faculty of any standing (including tenured, tenure-track, lecturers, clinical faculty, and adjunct faculty).  A full-time faculty member must be identified as the project lead.
  2. There is no limit to the number of faculty in the proposal. A lead faculty should be responsible for submitting the final proposal.
  3. The innovative practices must have been completed within the past three (3) years.
  4. Previous winners must wait three years before submitting a proposal as a lead faculty, but may be included as part of a team.

Selection Process

Awards will selected through the following process:

  1. Nomination forms are submitted to OAI that include names of the nominees and a brief description of the innovative teaching project. Self-nominations will be accepted as well as nominations by colleagues, deans, chairpersons, or students.
  2. Nominees are notified and asked to complete a proposal form with supplementary materials that document each aspect of the award criteria. Proposals can contain no more than three (3) pages of supplemental materials and no more than two (2) links to related media (e.g., a website or video). Names of individuals making the nominations will be shared with the nominees.
  3. The Award Review Committee reviews the proposals and chooses a maximum of five (5) winning teams or individuals with the aim of representing a wide range of disciplines.

Award Winning Projects 2017

Congratulations to the winning teams!

Explore additional video interviews with past winners and view all winning projects.