Award for Excellence in Online Teaching
Nominations are now open for this award!
Follow the directions below to apply.
The deadline for this award is October 22, 2021.
Introduction to Award
Note: Only “INT” or fully distance education courses are eligible for the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. The university is developing another acknowledgment for faculty who have excelled in adapting face-to-face courses to remote instruction during the pandemic.
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.
To nominate yourself for the award, follow the submission directions below. You will need to complete a nomination form and submit documentation for one online course you taught in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021. It is recommended that you review the nomination form and documentation requirements well in advance of submission.
Apply by following the directions below.
Note: You will be required to provide access to a course site that allows judges to assess the quality and frequency of your interaction with students.
- Download and add comments to the Quality of Course Design Rubric. Your comments should summarize how your course addresses each point in the rubric. The rubric, along with your comments, will be used to judge your submission.
- Prepare a Student Feedback on Course Effectiveness Report. Refer to these guidelines for preparing this document.
- Complete the Nomination Form online, and attach the supporting documentation described above.
- Note: Nomination Forms that do not include the required documentation (Quality of Course Design Rubric and Student Feedback on Course Effectiveness Report) will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding the preparation of the documentation, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.
- Follow these directions for Canvas:
- In your Course site in Canvas, please be prepared to add members of the Award Selection Committee to your course, so judges who log in can examine all aspects of your course.
- Accept nomination form and documentation: April 1, 2021 - October 22, 2021.
- Judge entries: November - December 2021
- Announce award recipients: January 2022
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 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021.
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 the Office of Distance and Extended Learning
Eligibility of Previous Recipients
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).
Please watch our 2020 award reception video where we congratulate the winners of Texas State University’s eighth annual Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and learn what makes their online courses successful. Awardees will be the following:
- Recipient: Dr. Injeong Jo, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
- Runner-up: Dr. Laura Ellis-Lai, Senior Lecturer, Department of English
- Runner-up: Ms. Valerie Gomez, Lecturer, School of Social Work
Read more about 2020's awardees on the 2020 Award Page.