Creative Teaching Awards
Amanda Rugenski, right, receives a 2022 Creative Teaching Award.
Purpose of the Award
The Creative Teaching Awards recognize faculty members who have implemented in a course a significant, creative teaching innovation and/or strategy to improve student learning. These awards are presented annually by the Office of Instruction to encourage both instructional excellence and the dissemination of best practices by sharing promising innovations with faculty more broadly.
For 2022-2023, the competition will give priority to creative innovations in two domains:
- promoting active learning across the curriculum
- improving student writing and communication skills
- Must be a full-time faculty member, including tenured, tenure-track, clinical, or non-tenure-track faculty.
- The creative teaching innovation and/or strategy was implemented during the previous academic year.
- Demonstrated effectiveness of the creative teaching innovation and/or strategy nominated for the award, such as new uses of instructional technology, pedagogy that extends learning beyond the traditional classroom, new approaches to creating inclusive courses, new ways to use active learning in non-STEM disciplines, new approaches for improving student writing and communication skills, new approaches to student collaboration, new methods for replicating the advantages of a small course in a large lecture course, or other new teaching strategies that have significantly improved student learning outcomes.
- Demonstrated positive impact of the creative teaching innovation and/or strategy on improving student learning outcomes, such as improving the DF and/or W rates in the course, improving final grades in the next course in the sequence etc.
The Nomination and Selection Process:
Nominations will open on October 1, 2022 and may be submitted by any faculty member, dean, or department head.
All Nominations must be submitted via online form by January 12, 2023. The form asks for the following information:
- The name, department, and rank of the nominee
- Information about the course and when the innovation/strategy was implemented
- A concise (approximately 300-400 words) description of the creative teaching innovation and/or strategy
- Evidence of its impact on improving student learning in the course
- Nominations will be reviewed by a committee selected from within the Office of Instruction.
- Up to five winners will be announced in February 2023.
- The recipients will be recognized during Honors Week April 17-21 and through various university marketing efforts.
- Each recipient will receive a cash award that may be used to further their innovative teaching efforts or at their own discretion.
Keith Doughety, right, receives a 2022 Creative Teaching Award.
2022 Creative Teaching Awards recipients
Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Science
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Keith L. Dougherty
Professor, Political Science
School of Public and International Affairs
Jennifer L. Gay
Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Behavior
College of Public Health
Odum School of Ecology
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Jillian Bohlen, left, receives a 2022 Creative Teaching Award.