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Instructional Awards

CETL helps coordinate these Instructional Awards. The links below provide application information on each award. Have questions about these awards? CETL offers consultation to help you in developing your submission. Contact lcarruth@gsu.edu to discuss your idea.

Instructional Innovation Award

The purpose of the Instructional Innovation Award is to recognize and share at the university level outstanding innovations in teaching that result in improved learning. This award recognizes innovative teaching practices designed to improve student learning in online, blended or face-to-face courses. Innovations may include any novel teaching strategy or tool designed to enhance student learning.

Eligibility and Criteria
For this award, the evaluation criteria are the strength of the learning principles or theories, the extent to which the approach used is unique and innovative at Georgia State, the persuasiveness of the analyses of evidence of improved learning, and the potential of the innovation as a model for application across other courses and programs.

Required Documentation
Nomination packages should include:

  • A summary of the instructional innovation and the learning associated with it (up to three pages):
    • A description of the innovation and how it was used in your class
    • Why the innovation was thought to enable improved learning
    • How the evidence of improved learning was attributed to the innovation
  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of support from the Department Chair
  • Approval from their College Dean or an Associate Dean. The approval can just be a statement such as “I have reviewed this application and approve of this nomination.”
  • NEW: Letter of support from Department Chair or Associate Dean.

Submit a Nomination
Submit nominations and attachments electronically to cetlawards@gsu.edu by November 26.

Please contact Laura Carruth, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at lcarruth@gsu.edu if you have any questions.

Instructional Effectiveness Award

The purpose of the Instructional Effectiveness Award is to recognize an instructor who demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching and student success and to share at the university level outstanding approaches in instruction that are creative and effective in engaging students in the learning process.

Eligibility and Criteria
For this award, the evaluation criteria are the strength of the learning principles or theories, the persuasiveness of the analyses of evidence of learning effectiveness, and the potential of the approach as a model for application across other courses and programs.

Required Documentation
Nomination packages should include:

  • A summary of the instructional approach and documentation of its effectiveness (up to 3 pages):
    • Why the approach was thought to enable improved learning
    • What and how different learning principles or theories were applied in the instruction
    • How the evidence of improved learning was attributed to the approach
  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of support from the Department Chair
  • Approval from their College Dean or an Associate Dean. The approval can just be a statement such as “I have reviewed this application and approve of this nomination.”
  • NEW: Letter of support from Department Chair or Associate Dean.

Submit a Nomination
Submit nominations and attachments electronically to cetlawards@gsu.edu by November 26.

Please contact Laura Carruth, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at lcarruth@gsu.edu if you have any questions.

Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward instructors who integrate current social justice issues into their courses to better engage Georgia State students in order to help them to develop their social, emotional and expressive capacities. This award recognizes instructional strategies that have been used to successfully incorporate social justice themes into various disciplines and result in positive student outcomes.

Eligibility and Criteria
For this award, the evaluation criteria are the strength of how social justices and democracy themes are incorporated into the course curriculum, the analyses of evidence of connections to student learning outcomes and/or engagement, and the potential for the instructional strategies to serve as a model for application across other courses and programs.

Required Documentation
Nomination packages should include:

  • A summary of the instructional strategy and the learning associated with it (up to three pages):
    • A description of the strategy and how it was used in your class
    • Why the direct incorporation of social justice themes was thought to enable improved student engagement
    • How the evidence of improved learning was attributed to the instructional strategy
  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae.

Submit a Nomination
Submit nominations and attachments electronically to cetlawards@gsu.edu by November 26.

Please contact Laura Carruth, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at lcarruth@gsu.edu if you have any questions.

Faculty Awards

The following awards are offered by the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. Please direct questions regarding these awards, nominations, and materials to OFAawards@gsu.edu.

  • Distinguished University Professorship
  • Alumni Distinguished Professorship
  • Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award
  • Exceptional Service Award

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University System Awards

The USG offers various Teaching Excellence awards for faculty members who push the boundaries on teaching, learning, and student success. NEW: Please include a letter of support from Deptartment Chair or Associate Dean with nomination materials.
Nominations for all Awards Due by October 22.

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