This award recognizes faculty who are improving the quality of education at Georgia Tech through pedagogical and curricular innovation. The award is open to full-time general faculty of any rank or a team of faculty who have implemented an innovation in their course or departmental curriculum. Applicants must show evidence that the innovation has been evaluated and has improved student learning and/or the student experience. Preference will be given to innovations that have the potential to be replicated beyond a single classroom. The award recipient (whether an individual faculty member or a team of faculty) will receive $3000.
- Nomination packets are due by 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of February.
- Awards will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Day Luncheon in April.
- Award winners will also be honored at the New Faculty Orientation Dinner in August.
- Any person or team with course or program responsibility for undergraduate education may apply for this award.
- The innovation may involve one course, a series of courses, or a departmental approach to improving the curriculum. The innovation must have been implemented for at least two presentations of a course or for two years of a curriculum.
- Self-nominations are encouraged.
- The nomination packet (no more than 15 pages) should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or Adobe PDF file to Joyce Weinsheimer at email@example.com.
The nomination packet should include the following items:
- A table of contents for the packet.
- A description of the innovation, including the problem or student learning issue it addresses, the objectives of the innovation, the learning outcomes of the intended audience, and the approach taken.
- A description of how the innovation has been evaluated, including documentation of how the objectives were met, the extent to which the learning outcomes were achieved, the benefits derived from the innovation, and how they were measured.
- A description of the potential for others to adopt or adapt the innovation, including a discussion of how the innovation might be used in other settings and the resources required.
- The application should be accompanied by letters of support from the applicant’s department chair, one or two colleagues who have observed the innovation, and from three to five students who have participated in the innovation.
It will be up to the selection committee to set the exact criteria for the award. It is expected that the committee will consider the following:
- The creative features of the innovation
- The impact of the innovation on student learning and/or the student experience
- The ability of the innovation to engage students in the learning process
- The transferability of the innovation and its potential for adoption in other courses
- The impact of the innovation on the quality of teaching and learning at Georgia Tech.
Number of Awards
Up to one award will be given each year.
Contact Joyce Weinsheimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-385-7263.
Wendy C. Newstetter, Biomedical Engineering