Innovative Teaching Awards

Kendall Center

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Provost’s Office would like to recognize faculty who are engaged in innovative teaching (e.g., new uses of instructional technology, new ways to engage students in the learning process, new approaches to student collaboration, or new methods for improving student learning outcomes) and to encourage the dissemination of effective practices by sharing promising innovations with faculty more broadly. Therefore, we offer 2 Innovative Teaching Awards -- one that recognizes innovations at the Course or Currcular level ($1000 prize) and a second that recognizes innovative Assignments ($500 prize).

The criteria for the Innovative Teaching Award include:
· Rationale for the development and use of the innovative teaching methods.
· Clearly articulated description of innovative teaching methods.
· Evidence that innovative teaching methods were effective.

Call for Nominations
Faculty members are encouraged to self-nominate, but nominations may also be submitted by colleagues and students. Completed nominations should not exceed 2 pages and should be emailed to The nomination should include the nominee’s name, department, and a narrative that clearly addresses the criteria above as well as the contact information for the nominator if difference from the nominee.

Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019.

For more information or questions, please contact Hayley Russell (, Excellence in Teaching Faculty Associate in the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning.

2019-2020 Recipients

Julie Bartley
Innovative Assignment
In Julie Bartley's nomination letter for the innovative assignment award, she clearly described the pedagogical aims of her “Sand Stories” assignment in GEO 212. Julie provided an excellent description of the innovative assignment design and the rationale behind assignment design choices. Her evidence of effectiveness was compelling in that it described how students' exposure to and completion of the assignment affected their learning beyond the course; students demonstrated skill acquisition that was transferable to upper-level courses.

Sarah Wolter
Innovative Course/Curriculum
In Sarah Wolter’s nomination letter for the innovative course design in COM 115 Screen: Introduction to Critical Media Studies she clearly outlines how the development of this course addressed the need for student education about the rapidly changing media landscape. In COM 115 Sarah uses critical pedagogy and a variety of digital tools to engage students in the themes of the course. She has been thoughtful in her assessment strategies that have demonstrated student learning in media literacy, implications of the media, and critically evaluating their own media use.

Past Award Recipients:
2019-20 Innovative Teaching Award Recipients

2018-19 Innovative Teaching Award Recipients

2017-18 Innovative Teaching Award Recipients

2015-16 Innovative Teaching Award Recipients