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Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

Introduction to Award

The Office of Distance and Extended Learning in the Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to support the annual Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

The award recipient will receive $2500, and up to two runners-up each will receive $1250 at a recognition reception. All recipients will be asked to present their work to the campus community.

The awardees may be asked to assume a leadership role in promoting online instruction at Texas State and serve on the award selection committee.

Purpose of Award

The award recognizes and rewards superior online teaching, provides models of excellence for fellow faculty, and encourages all faculty to continue to improve and advance their online teaching pedagogy.


The deadline for nominations for this award was October 23, 2015.


  • Accept nomination form and documentation: March 13, 2015 – October 23, 2015
  • Judge entries: October 24, 2015 – November 2015
  • Announce award recipients: January 2016

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive an award, courses must

  • be developed and taught by faculty who teach a minimum of half time and/or have a continuing appointment;
  • be 85% or more online; and
  • have been taught online in Fall 2014, Spring 2015, or Summer 2015.

Award Criteria

The award is based exclusively on work conducted while serving a teaching appointment at Texas State University. The criteria for the award include

  • quality of the online course design,
  • instructional and technology innovation, and
  • student feedback on course effectiveness.


Award Selection Committee

The Distance and Extended Learning Steering Committee appoints a selection committee. The committee is comprised of the following:

  • Committee chair
  • Three faculty with demonstrated online teaching experience (may be filled using previous award recipients, and the faculty representatives must represent different departments)
  • One representative from Instructional Design Support
  • One representative from the Office of Distance and Extended Learning

Previous Winners

A previous recipient (whether winner or runner-up) of the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

  • may receive the award more than once, but not more than once every three years; and
  • cannot receive the award for the same course more than once (e.g., if a faculty member was recipient of the award for work done on TXST 101, he/she may not win the award subsequently for TXST 101 but may nominate a different course).

View previous winners: 

2013 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching recipients

2014 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching recipients