This award recognizes demonstrated commitment to providing affordable course learning materials to students. This award recognizes full-time teaching faculty who use no-cost or low-cost course materials in their classes. The recipient receives a plaque and $2,500. The $2,500 award will be available to the recipient as OSU funds that will be transferred to their unit. This is not a cash award.
The award is for full-time faculty of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor or Instructor rank who have elected to use free, no-cost or low-cost (under $40) course materials in their classes.
Selection criteria include:
Nomination Process and Submission
Following the instructions completely will ensure consideration of the nomination.
The nomination packet shall include evidence that the nominee meets the criteria, as well as: (1) evidence of commitment to affordability, such as a clear summary of strategies and resources used, as well as evidence from student evaluations, DFW rates and retention data; (2) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; (3) three letters of support*; and (4) the nominee's vita.
* One letter of support must be written by a current or former student; one shall be from a current or emeritus faculty member; and the third from the school or unit head or college dean who can comment on the connection of the work to OSU’s Affordable Learning plan. Because the nominator completes the nomination form, the nominator is not eligible to submit a letter of support. The letters of support each shall not exceed three single-sided pages using at least 12 font and 1" margins. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the three letters, address the criteria. Signatures on the letters must be included.
The nominator shall submit in one PDF via the Qualtrics Submission Form the: Cover Sheet, Nomination Form, and the complete nomination packet (see above). Do not begin entering information on the Qualtrics form unless you are ready to submit the nomination – the form CANNOT be saved and finished at a later time.
When organizing the PDF for submission, please ensure that the cover sheet is on the first page, with the nomination form as the second page. The remaining materials and letters of support must be attached in the order indicated above.
Additional information submitted with the nomination will not be considered; please include only requested information and refer to the guidelines when organizing submission packets.
Nominations shall be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee and a representative from Ecampus. Committee recommendations will be made on the basis of the information submitted; the committee does not solicit additional information.
Nomination packets are due by Noon on April 12, 2023.