This award recognizes demonstrated commitment to excellence in online teaching and course development of for-credit courses through Ecampus. The award is for online teaching faculty of any rank (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, etc.) who devote a significant amount of time to online teaching and online course development of for-credit courses. The recipient receives a plaque and $2,500, typically presented at University Day. 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.

List of Previous Recipients


  • Online teaching faculty of any rank (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, etc.)

Award Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  1. exceptional effort to ensure the quality of the students' online learning environment;
  2. high standards for the rigor and currency of course content and the level of student performance;
  3. innovation in online course development and delivery of for-credit courses;
  4. direct and significant impact upon and involvement with online students;
  5. demonstrated dedication to enhancing online teaching skills, improving online curriculum and/or advancing research opportunities in the area of online education;
  6. evidence that the candidate's contributions have enhanced effectiveness in the online learning environment

Nomination Process and Submission

Following the instructions completely will ensure consideration of the nomination.

The nominator shall submit the Cover Sheet and the complete submission packet in one PDF via the Qualtrics Submission Form. 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. The submission packet will include evidence that the nominee meets the criteria, as well as (1) nomination letter*; (2) three letters of support*; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, including a clear summary of teaching evaluations for online courses only; (4) the nominee’s vita; and (5) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation.

Required letters: Each of the below letters shall not exceed two single-sided pages using at least 12 pitch and 1" margins. Signatures on the letters must be included.

* Letters of Support: One letter shall be written by a current or former online student. The second letter shall be from a current or emeritus faculty member. The third letter must be from a peer evaluator who can comment on online course delivery and development.

   * Nomination Letter: The Nominator shall submit a Nomination Letter.

The award criteria must be addressed in the letters. Do not submit separate documentation related to the critera.

When organizing the PDF, please ensure that the document is organized as listed on the submission form.

Additional information submitted with the nomination will not be considered; please include only requested information and refer to the guidelines when organizing submission packets.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, one member of the Faculty Senate Online Education Committee and one 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 19, 2024.