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Teaching and Learning Annual Themed Award 2023-2024: Workforce and Employability Skills: Teaching and Learning for Future Careers

1 award of $2,000 made possible by the Noel Endowment Fund.
Application form available here.

Description:
The Teaching and Learning Annual Themed Award is given to an EKU faculty member who best exemplifies the year’s theme through teaching practices and strategies. The focus of the award will change each year to align with the strategic theme of the Pedagogicon.

The theme for the 2023-2024 award is “Workforce and Employability Skills: Teaching and Learning for Future Careers.” The award recipient will demonstrate the use of practical, research-informed approaches that promote career-focused learning outcomes that graduates should demonstrate as part of their college curriculum.

Eligibility:
Any current full-time or part-time faculty member is eligible to apply, with the following qualifications:

  • Senior administrators at the Associate Dean level and higher are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not receive the same award in two consecutive award cycles.
  • Applicants must have taught at least one course at EKU during the fall or spring of the current award cycle.

Application Process:
All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Awards are selected by an appointed committee composed of previous award winners (when possible), faculty peers, and other university representatives with expertise in the award area.  Award recipients will be notified no later than February 22, 2024, and will be invited to attend the University Faculty Awards Ceremony during Scholars Week.

Application Materials:
1. Narrative: Each applicant/nominator should submit an 800-word (or less) narrative in support of the application. In the event that a narrative exceeds 800 words, only the first 800 words will be considered.

Applicants may also include the use of up to five examples in an appendix. These examples must illustrate points already made in the narrative rather than adding new details, and only the first five will be considered. Descriptions of the examples may be provided and should not exceed 25 words each (which are not counted toward the narrative’s word limit).

For this award, the narrative should answer the following questions:

  • What approaches have you used to teach workforce and employability skills?
  • In what ways have your efforts had an impact on your classroom environment and on student outcomes related to workforce and employability skills?
  • How have your approaches to teaching workforce and employability skills enhanced knowledge, innovation, and/or transformation at EKU?

2. Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from a supervisor addressing the applicant’s efforts and success in the award area. In addition, no more than two (2) additional letters of support from others (e.g. students, colleagues, alumni) may be included.

Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award

2 awards of $2,000 each, made possible by the Noel Endowment Fund.
Application form available here.

Description:
This award is presented to two EKU faculty members who are leading the way in teaching innovation. Teaching innovations may come from any aspect of instruction such as innovative methods, activities, new technologies, novel approaches, or the development of products used for teaching. The scope of the innovation may vary to include a unit of study, an assignment, or an activity.

Eligibility:
Any current full-time or part-time faculty member is eligible to apply, with the following qualifications:

  • Senior administrators at the Associate Dean level and higher are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not receive the same award in two consecutive award cycles.
  • Applicants must have taught at least one course at EKU during the fall or spring of the current award cycle.

Application Process:
All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Awards are selected by an appointed committee composed of previous award winners (when possible), faculty peers, and other university representatives with expertise in the award area.  Award recipients will be notified no later than February 22, 2024, and will be invited to attend the University Faculty Awards Ceremony during Scholars Week.

Application Materials:
1. Narrative: Each applicant/nominator should submit an 800-word (or less) narrative in support of the application. In the event that a narrative exceeds 800 words, only the first 800 words will be considered.

Applicants may also include the use of up to five examples in an appendix. These examples must illustrate points already made in the narrative rather than adding new details, and only the first five will be considered. Descriptions of the examples may be provided and should not exceed 25 words each (which are not counted toward the narrative’s word limit).

For this award, the narrative should answer the following questions:

  • Describe the teaching innovation(s) you have used. How does this innovation represent a new or novel approach to teaching & learning?
  • What impact did the teaching innovation have on your classroom and on student outcomes?
  • How have your approaches enhanced knowledge, innovation, and/or transformation at EKU?

2. Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from a supervisor addressing the applicant’s efforts and success in the award area. In addition, no more than two (2) additional letters of support from others (e.g. students, colleagues, alumni) may be included.

Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award

1 award of $2,000 each, made possible by the Noel Endowment Fund.
Application form available here.

Description:
This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who has demonstrated a strong record of fostering student motivation and engagement through culturally responsive teaching and assessment strategies. Successful applicants will demonstrate intentionality in creating welcoming learning environments that celebrate diversity and promote equity. Accomplishments in advancing inclusive excellence can be demonstrated through increased student-centered pedagogical approaches including (a) evidence of exemplary culturally responsive instructional practices and (b) assignments, tools, resources, or syllabi used in the classroom.

Eligibility:
Any current full-time or part-time faculty member is eligible to apply, with the following qualifications:

  • Senior administrators at the Associate Dean level and higher are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not receive the same award in two consecutive award cycles.
  • Applicants must have taught at least one course at EKU during the fall or spring of the current award cycle.

Application Process:
All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Awards are selected by an appointed committee composed of previous award winners (when possible), faculty peers, and other university representatives with expertise in the award area.  Award recipients will be notified no later than February 22, 2024, and will be invited to attend the University Faculty Awards Ceremony during Scholars Week.

Application Materials:
1. Narrative: Each applicant/nominator should submit an 800-word (or less) narrative in support of the application. In the event that a narrative exceeds 800 words, only the first 800 words will be considered.

Applicants may also include the use of up to five examples in an appendix. These examples must illustrate points already made in the narrative rather than adding new details, and only the first five will be considered. Descriptions of the examples may be provided and should not exceed 25 words each (which are not counted toward the narrative’s word limit).

For this award, the narrative should answer the following questions:

  • What does an inclusive classroom mean to you?
  • How have you intentionally created a welcoming learning environment that focuses on equity for all students?
  • In what ways have your inclusive approaches had an impact on your classroom environment and on student outcomes?
  • How have your inclusive approaches enhanced knowledge, innovation, and/or transformation at EKU?

2. Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from a supervisor addressing the applicant’s efforts and success in the award area. In addition, no more than two (2) additional letters of support from others (e.g. students, colleagues, alumni) may be included.

Transformative Teaching Award

1 award of $2,000, made possible by the Noel Endowment Fund.
Application form available here.

Description:

This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who is transforming students’ lives through teaching. Transformative teaching may come from any aspect of instruction such as engaging educational methods, proposing big questions, incorporating problem solving, encouraging student learning by pursuing ideas of significance,  supporting students in finding their purpose through educational experiences, inspiring students through employability skill development and application, and thinking/reading critically.

Eligibility:

Any current full-time or part-time faculty member is eligible to apply, with the following qualifications:

  • Senior administrators at the Associate Dean level and higher are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not receive the same award in two consecutive award cycles.
  • Applicants must have taught at least one course at EKU during the fall or spring of the current award cycle.

Application Process:

All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Awards are selected by an appointed committee composed of previous award winners (when possible), faculty peers, and other university representatives with expertise in the award area. Award recipients will be notified no later than February 22, 2024, and will be invited to attend the University Faculty Awards Ceremony during Scholars Week.

Application Materials:

1. Narrative: Each applicant/nominator should submit an 800-word (or less) narrative in support of the application. In the event that a narrative exceeds 800 words, only the first 800 words will be considered.

Applicants may also include the use of up to five examples in an appendix. These examples must illustrate points already made in the narrative rather than adding new details, and only the first five will be considered. Descriptions of the examples may be provided and should not exceed 25 words each (which are not counted toward the narrative’s word limit).

For this award, the narrative should answer the following questions:

  • Describe the transformative teaching and learning experiences designed for your students. How do these experiences showcase the positive impact of teaching on students’, their academic development, and their lives?
  • What impact has transformative teaching had on your classroom and on our students?
  • How have your approaches enhanced knowledge and innovation at EKU?

2. Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from a supervisor addressing theapplicant’s efforts and success in the award area. In addition, no more than two (2) additional letters of support from others (e.g. students, colleagues, alumni) may be included.

Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik Graduate Faculty Award

1 award of $2,000, coordinated by the Noel Studio (Ron & Sherrie Lou Noel Endowment), the Office of Research and Economic Development, and the Graduate School.
Application form available here.

Description:
The Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik Graduate Faculty Award recognizes excellence in graduate-level teaching, scholarship, and mentorship.
Faculty will demonstrate success across several areas, including:

  • Graduate-level teaching;
  • Leadership that promotes research and scholarly endeavors, especially at the graduate level;
  • Advancement of research, scholarly, and creative endeavors that enhance the graduate experience;
  • Mentorship of graduate students, including guided research, teaching, professional development;
  • Coaches students to apply graduate content at higher orders of critical thinking; and
  • Advancement/Coordination of EKU graduate programs/courses to include innovative new development or significant re-development and/or transitions to online deliveries.

Eligibility:
Any current full-time or part-time faculty member is eligible to apply, with the following qualifications:

  • Senior administrators at the Associate Dean level and higher are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not receive the same award in two consecutive award cycles.
  • Applicants must have taught at least one course at EKU during the fall or spring of the current award cycle.

Application Process:
All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Awards are selected by an appointed committee composed of previous award winners (when possible), faculty peers, and other university representatives with expertise in the award area. Award recipients will be notified no later than February 22, 2024, and will be invited to attend the University Faculty Awards Ceremony during Scholars Week.

Application Materials:
1. Narrative: Each applicant/nominator should submit an 800-word (or less) narrative in support of the application. In the event that a narrative exceeds 800 words, only the first 800 words will be considered.

Applicants may also include the use of up to five examples in an appendix. These examples must illustrate points already made in the narrative rather than adding new details, and only the first five will be considered. Descriptions of the examples may be provided and should not exceed 25 words each (which are not counted toward the narrative’s word limit).

For this award, the narrative should answer the following questions:

  • How have you excelled in the area of graduate-level teaching, leadership, scholarship, and/or mentorship?
  • In what ways have you seen the impact of your contributions on student learning and/or outcomes?
  • How have you helped advance knowledge, innovation, and/or transformation in EKU’s graduate programs/courses?

2. Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from a supervisor addressing the applicant’s efforts and success in the award area. In addition, no more than two (2) additional letters of support from others (e.g. students, colleagues, alumni) may be included.

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