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Regents’ Teaching Excellence Awards for Online Teaching


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 Fall 2016 - Summer 2017). 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 2018.

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.

An electronic copy of the full portfolio is due by email no later than December 4, 2017. 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 Faculty Resources.


The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that nominees:

  • Are strongly committed to quality online teaching and learning as evidenced by teaching, service 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 Table of Contents for the portfolio. NOTE: The TOC does not count toward the maximum of 20 pages.
  • A nomination letter from the institution’s chief academic officer and one or more letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee’s teaching and and service. 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. (1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • A condensed curriculum vitae. (2-3 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • A reflective statement that summarizes the nominee’s teaching and learning philosophy, strategies, and objectives. (1 - 2 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • A brief summary of 2 - 3 innovative teaching artifacts or practices used in the online environment to promote student success. (1 page, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • One or more letters of support from recent and/or past students.
  • A well-organized set of documents that provide evidence of the nominee’s online teaching and leadership excellence such as:
    *data showing success of the nominee’s students
    *selected components of course syllabi
    *innovative methods of assessing student learning and achievement
    *summaries of recent student evaluations
    *peer evaluations
    *student mentoring and advising
    *peer mentoring
    *service and scholarship relevant to promoting online education

Note: All documents must be combined into a single pdf file and submitted by email no later than Dec. 4, 2017. Portfolios that exceed 20 pages or do not meet formatting requirements will not be accepted.