This award, offered in 2018-2019 for the first time, provides Georgia Tech with the opportunity to recognize full-time faculty of any rank for a strong commitment to engaged, online teaching and student success. The recipient will receive $3,000.
This award replicates the USG’s Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching. The campus winner will be Georgia Tech’s nominee for the Regents’ award in the upcoming year.
Questions? Contact Joyce Weinsheimer.
- Nomination packets are due by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2020.
- Awards will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Day Luncheon in April.
- Names and nomination packets of the award winners will be posted on the CTL Faculty Award website following the Faculty/Staff Honors Luncheon.
- Names of winners will be added to the Teaching Awards wall located in the Clough Undergraduate Commons.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Current full-time faculty members of any rank are eligible for nomination if they teach a minimum of 12 credit hours of fully online instruction across the previous three consecutive semesters. Fully online instruction for this award is defined as “95% or more of the course must be delivered fully online.”
The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that the nominee:
- Is strongly committed to quality online teaching and learning as evidenced by teaching, service and scholarly activities designed to advance the quality of online teaching and learning.
- Uses effective and innovative online teaching practices that result in student engagement, student satisfaction, and effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes.
- Demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to fostering the academic success of online students through the development of rapport with individual learners in and beyond the virtual classroom.
- Examines methods of assessment of student learning to inform teaching practices and reshape online courses based on an on-going and data-driven process.
- Utilizes interactive strategies to promote collaboration among students.
- Exhibits a high level of instruction by using standards set by the USG such as Quality Matters.
Nomination Procedures and Process
The nomination packet (which should be no more than 20 pages) should include the following items:
- A Table of Contents for the portfolio. (NOTE: The TOC does not count toward the maximum of 20 pages.)
- A nomination letter.
- One or more letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee’s teaching and service. These letters should describe the nominee’s teaching and why he or she is especially effective in advancing student learning. One should be from the department chair/program administrator.
- A condensed curriculum vitae (2-3 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font).
- A reflective statement that summarizes the nominee’s teaching and learning philosophy, strategies, and objectives (1-2 pages).
- A brief summary of 2-3 innovative teaching artifacts or practices used in the online environment to promote student success.
- One or more letters of support from recent and/or past students.
- A well-organized set of documents that provide evidence of the nominee’s online teaching and leadership excellence such as:
- Data showing success of the nominee’s students
- Selected components of course syllabi
- Innovative methods of assessing student learning and achievement
- Summaries of recent student evaluations
- Peer evaluations
- Student mentoring and advising
- Peer mentoring
- Service and scholarship relevant to promoting online education
All documents must be combined into a SINGLE pdf file and uploaded to Georgia Tech’s awards portal: https://gatech.infoready4.com.
Packets that exceed 20 pages or do not meet the formatting requirements will not be accepted.
Michael Schatz, Professor, School of Physics (Nomination Packet)
Dr. Michael Schatz was one of the first Georgia Tech professors to teach a course with laboratory requirements in a massive open online course (MOOC) in 2018. In doing so, he demonstrated how the constraints of access to complex scientific equipment can be overcome to still give students a hands-on experience and permit them to apply the concepts they learn to the world around them. In addition to his teaching as an online professor, Dr. Schatz has run training workshops for the past ten years with Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools to help teachers develop more online materials for high school physics courses and opportunities for students interested in exploring the sciences. He cares deeply about his work, and his students attest to this, one saying, “Professor Schatz cares about his students and his work, and he wants physics to be a course we understand and learn to love.”
David Joyner, Online Professor of Computer Science (Nomination Packet)
Dr. David Joyner has taught over 7,000 students online, and consistently receives high praise for his innovative teaching. Zvi Galil, Dean of the College of Computing, states “For the past four years, David has been at the forefront of innovative online curriculum development, both as a teacher and as a researcher." Dr. Joyner encourages students to explore the computing world by proposing projects that connect to their interests. His students watch video lessons, engage in online discussion of class content, and review each other’s assignments. These activities allow students to interact with him and with each other, resulting in an experience that is personalized and engaging.