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.

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, Nomination Form 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) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; (2) Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including a clear summary of teaching evaluations for online courses only; (3) three letters of support*; and (4) the nominee’s vita.

* 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. The letters of support each shall not exceed two single-sided pages using at least 12 pitch and 1" margins. Signatures on the letters must be included.

Please note, the nominator is not eligible to submit a letter of support.

The award criteria can be addressed on separate pages for each criteria or within the letters of support. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the three letters, address the criteria.

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. Evidence of supporting criteria (if provided on separate pages) 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.

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 March 30, 2022.