NAU Award for Online Teaching Excellence
Nomination deadline: February 4, 2022
Final application packet deadline: February 18, 2022
This annual award recognizes and rewards sustained instructional excellence by faculty of all ranks teaching online courses, including competency-based courses for Northern Arizona University. Winners will receive an award certificate and a fund of $500 (sponsored by the Office of the Provost) that may be used for any allowable expense under university policy.
Criteria for this Award (provided by applicant)
- candidates must be able to demonstrate sustained (three or more years) commitment to excellence in online instruction.
- candidates must describe how they demonstrate the top three of NAU core values chosen from (integrity, diversity, service, discovery, excellence, and student-centered) in their online teaching.
- candidates must have at least a partial teaching appointment that includes the instruction of an online course at NAU during the current academic year. Open to full-time and part-time Non-Tenure Track (NTT) and Tenure Track (TT) faculty.
*Prior award winners are not eligible to apply for five years after previous award.
Faculty may self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Students may nominate a faculty member. Faculty who have been nominated will be contacted and asked to submit the following application packet.
Application must contain the following components:
- A cover sheet identifying the candidate’s name and departmental affiliation
- A narrative (no more than three pages in length) that demonstrates how the candidate has met the criteria:
▪a description of the candidate’s online teaching appointment at NAU during the most recent three academic years
▪a description of the candidate’s sustained commitment to excellence in online instruction
▪an overview of the candidate’s implementation of NAU core values chosen from (integrity, diversity, service, discovery, excellence, and student-centered) into his or her online teaching, citing specific examples from syllabi, lesson guides, course assignments, and other course requirements.
- An example of one complete current course syllabus and specific assignment that illustrates a connection to three of the six NAU core values chosen from (integrity, diversity, service, discovery, excellence, and student-centered) within their online teaching.
- An abbreviated CV (not more than five pages) that summarizes education, online courses taught and/or developed, professional experiences, and other information relevant to the award criteria.
- A letter of support from your Chair/Dean.
Send electronic copies of application/nomination to the Vice Provost and Dean for Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives, Dr. Gayla Stoner at Gayla.Stoner@nau.edu.