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Regents’ Teaching Excellence Awards for Online Teaching - Call for Nominations


Eligibility and Nomination Procedures

To be eligible for the Online Award, current full-time members of the teaching faculty and teaching academic staff must teach at least a minimum of 12 credit hours of fully online instruction at one of the USG institutions across the last three consecutive semesters. Fully online instruction for this award is defined as “95% or more of the course must be delivered fully online.” Each institution is invited to submit one nomination for the award and should determine campus nomination procedures. Award winners will be announced in February 2017.

Award Committee

A special Regents committee, composed of faculty and/or administrators from across the System who are experienced in online instruction, will review the nomination portfolios and recommend finalists for each award.

Nomination Deadline: December 5, 2016

An electronic copy of the full portfolio is due by email no later than January 20, 2016. All documents for the nomination packet are required to be combined into a single pdf file with the following naming convention: Last name_Institution_ Award Category (e.g. Durham_USG_Online) Mail nomination portfolio pdf to Ginger Durham.


The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that nominees:

  • Are strongly committed to quality online teaching and learning, as evidenced by teaching and scholarly activities designed to advance the quality of online teaching and learning.

  • Use effective and innovative online teaching practices that result in student engagement, student satisfaction, and effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes.

  • Demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to fostering the academic success of online students through the development of rapport with individual learners in and beyond the virtual classroom.

Required Documentation

Nomination portfolios for these awards are limited to 20 pages, including any appendices (1” margins, minimum 12-point font). Each portfolio must include the following information:

  • A nomination letter from the institution’s chief academic officer and one or two letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee’s online teaching. These letters should describe the nominee’s teaching and why he or she is especially effective in advancing student learning. (One should be from the department chair/program administrator). (2-3 pages)
  • A condensed curriculum vitae (2-3 pages)
  • A reflective statement that includes the nominee’s online teaching and learning philosophy, strategies, and objectives (2-4 pages)
  • One or two letters of support from recent and/or past students.
  • Other supporting documentation that can provide evidence of the nominee’s online teaching excellence and may include such items as:
    • Access to the online course
    • Evidence of faculty-student interaction
    • Student evaluations
    • Student satisfaction
    • Evaluation results
    • Student success to include learning outcomes and course completion data
    • Faculty development sessions attended
    • Data showing success of the nominee’s students
    • Selected components of course syllabi
    • Methods of assessing student learning and achievement that go beyond student evaluations
    • Peer evaluations
    • Summaries or recent student evaluations
    • Student mentoring/advising activities

These documents should be accompanied by a brief explanation of why they are included in the dossier, i.e., how they document the excellence of the nominee’s teaching.

All documents should be converted to pdf and combined into a SINGLE pdf file.