2014 VSU Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching

Thank you for your nominations; which are now closed
Award recipient will be announced late April/early May

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Extended Learning are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the first annual Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching. 


Eligible candidates include full-time members of the teaching faculty and teaching academic staff who teach a minimum of 12 credit hours of fully online instruction across the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  ‘Fully online instruction’ is defined in accordance with the University System of Georgia standard which defines an online course as one in which “95% or more of the course must be delivered fully online.”  


Nomination portfolios must be received by March 7, 2014 (extended due date).  Portfolios may be sent via campus mail, delivered in-person to the Center for eLearning, or submitted electronically.  Electronic portfolios should be submitted as a single PDF file. 

Meg G. Moore
Office of Extended Learning / Center for eLearning
Odum Library, Suite 2621

Award Committee

The selection committee will be comprised of VSU faculty, campus administrators, and a representative from the Center for eLearning.  Due to the nature of this award, committee members will be experienced in online instruction and program administration.

Selection Criteria

The award committee will review portfolios for persuasive evidence that nominees:

  • Possess a strong commitment 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.

Portfolio Documentation Requirements

  • Nomination portfolios may not exceed 20 pages, including any appendices (no smaller than 12 point font). Two of the twenty pages are reserved for the nomination letter from the chief academic officer which will be obtained by the winner for inclusion with the nomination packet for the University System of Georgia Award.
  • Each portfolio must include the following information:
    • 1-2 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 letter should be from the department chair or program administrator. (2-3 pages)
    • 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)
    • 1-2 letters of support from recent and/or former students
    • Other supporting documentation that can provide evidence of the nominee’s online teaching excellence and may include such items as:
      • Written approval for the committee to access an online course developed by the faculty member.
      • 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
      • Please note: 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).

The winner of the 2014 VSU Teaching Excellence Award in Online Teaching will be submitted as the VSU nominee for the University System of Georgia’s 2014 Teaching Excellence Award in Online Teaching.