ATSU Innovation in Teaching for Learning Award
The Innovation in Teaching for Learning Award honors specific teaching innovations applied by full-time faculty in either didactic or clinical settings. Innovations may be any teaching strategy used in a course, class meeting, assignment, clinical setting, or other learning activity. The intent of the award is to annually recognize one full-time faculty member who is achieving good learning outcomes for a program’s students through the use of innovative and/or creative teaching strategies.
The benefits of this program are threefold. This program recognizes faculty for their innovative work but is also a great way to get feedback and share their ideas with the faculty at large who might be looking for new teaching approaches in their own courses. This award program also elevates the reputation of the university as a hub for teaching and learning innovation in healthcare education.
Examples of innovation may include but are not limited to:
All full-time and part-time faculty members who teach in the (in-person or online) classroom or in clinical settings are eligible to apply or be nominated for the award. The teaching and learning innovation featured in the nomination must have been developed and implemented in a university-required course. Teaching and learning innovations from all disciplines and teaching contexts are welcomed. (Note: Prior winners can not win in back-to-back years, but may be eligible to apply again after a year has passed.)
Step One: Application Submission
Applications consist of approximately a 1,500 word, electronically submitted document responding to the following questions and explaining why the teaching innovation is worthy of award recognition:
Applications open on May 1st and are due by July 31st.
Acceptable Evidence of Impact of the Innovation in Teaching
Artifacts to document and support the narrative description of the teaching innovation can include but are not be limited to:
If you recognize someone who is innovative in their teaching practices and you believe would be a good candidate for this award, you can nominate them. To nominate someone, complete the same application following the questions and explaining why the person you are nominating is worthy of award recognition and they will be notified and encouraged to apply.
Step Two: Finalist Selection Process
The selection committee will select up to 10 nominees to be considered as finalists for the selection process using an evaluation rubric. Finalists will be notified by August 31st.
Finalist Evaluation Process
The final selection process is based on the presentation and an evaluation rubric of the submission. Finalists will give a 5-minute presentation of their innovations in the Fall as part of the evaluation and dissemination process. The presentations will be open to the public and members of the Evaluation Committee and voted on using the evaluation rubric. The evaluation rubric--developed by the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) and vetted by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs--will guide the award for the faculty member to receive the Innovation in Teaching for Learning Award.
The award winner(s) are selected by a committee consisting of the:
Final Award Winner Ceremony
The Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs is the financial sponsor of the Innovation in Teaching for Learning award. The award will be presented in the Fall with the announcement publicized across the University. The winner will receive an engraved plaque and a $2,000 professional development stipend from the Office of Academic Affairs. The winner will also be invited to disseminate their innovation publicly to ATSU faculty through a formal presentation or workshop so faculty will have the opportunity to learn more about how to implement the innovation.
The ATSU Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) provides administrative oversight of the application and selection process to include the call for proposals and the convening of the awards selection committee. Questions regarding the Innovation in Teaching for Learning Award should be directed to the TLC at email@example.com.
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