This award recognizes those IST faculty members at University Park who consistently provide an exceptional learning environment for students in the classroom or on-line through their innovative teaching, commitment to learning and creative interface. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 and provided a $500 allotment to use for learning-enhancement initiatives, software purchase, student assistance, materials, etc. The awardee’s name will be placed as a permanent part of the award plaque displayed in the Westgate Building. The award will be given annually, and a recipient may receive the award only once every four years. The College is not obligated to make an award every year.
Eligibility: Those eligible for this award are any tenure-track or full-time fixed-term faculty member of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park who teach within the College of IST.
Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the faculty member’s use of innovative teaching techniques that could include, but not be limited to, such initiatives as new courses developed, the crafting of problems and exercises that promote learning, and/or innovative uses of pedagogy. Faculty who effectively incorporate team-based problem solving for the class, oral and written skill development, active approaches to learning, and on-line experiences to enhance their teaching will be given special consideration.
Nomination: Any student or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials. Nominations must include:
- A completed nomination form
- A narrative statement, not exceeding two pages, addressing the award criteria
- Other letters of support and/or materials are welcomed
Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2022
Selection Process: The IST Awards Committee shall select Recipients. SRTE scores will be reviewed and taken into consideration. Any faculty who are members of the committee and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes in the guidelines that are necessary to ensure the fulfillment of the above-stated objectives. The awardee will be invited to present an address to the College community in fall semester following the award.
Awardees in recent years:
- 2021-2022: David Hozza
- 2020-2021: Alison Murphy
- 2018-2019: Jeff Rimland
- 2017-2018: David Fusco
- 2016-2017: Steve Haynes
- 2015-2016: Ed Glantz
- 2014-2015: Jan Sturdevant
- 2013-2014: John Hill
- 2012-2013: Lynette Yarger
- 2011-2012: Jake Graham
- 2010-2011: Will McGill
- 2009-2010:Don Shemanski
- 2008-2009: Gerry Santoro
- 2007-2008: Rosalie Ocker