Content | Navigation |

Teaching Awards

Faculty and teaching staff who are motivated and invested in their teaching should be recognized for their commitment to quality teaching and learning. The Office of Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost are sponsoring two faculty awards that honor quality courses and program assessment. If you or someone you know is an outstanding teacher and meets the expectations for these awards, consider nominating them.


Award for Excellence in Course Assessment

The Office of Teaching and Learning invites applications for this new award that honors individuals or small teams for creative and thorough methods of gathering evidence to evaluate student learning. The award promotes sharing of outstanding assessment models with the NDSU community. More than one award may be given at the discretion of the Assessment Awards Committee.

Award winners will receive $500 (for individuals and small teams) to use for professional development.

2017 Excellence in Course Assessment Award Winner:

brody maackBrody Maack, PharmD, was selected as winner of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Course Assessment.

Dr. Maack was selected because of the wide range of assessment practices and methods he employs to effectively teach the Pharmacy 538 (PHRM 538) – Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases course.  Dr. Maack's nomination particularly stood out because of the methodical way he uses multiple assessment tools throughout the course to support student engagement. His use of both formative and summative assessment practices to assess student learning creates a well-developed course assessment model that is sustainable and adaptable to other courses. View Dr. Maack's nomination packet.  

Dr. Maack will receive a $500 prize to use toward a professional development opportunity of his choice. 

 

2017 Nominees:

The nominees for the 2017 Award for Excellence in Course Assessment are...
Heidi N. Eukel, PHarmD // Jeanne E. Frenzel, PharmD // Elizabeth T. Skoy, PharmD

Department of Pharmacy Practice
Course: Pharmaceutical Care Labs I, II, III, and IV
Nominated by: Heidi N. Eukel, PharmD; Jeanne E. Frenzel, PharmD; and Elizabeth T. Skoy, PharmD // Department of Pharmacy Practice
View nomination packet

Christina Hargiss, PH.D.

Department of Natural Resource Management
Course: NRM 401/601 - Urban Ecosystems
Nominated by: Deidre Prischmann-Voldseth, Ph.D. // Entomology Department
View nomination packet

Jeanette Hoffman, PH.D.

School of Education
Course: Various Teacher Education courses
Nominated by: Brenda S. Hall, Ed.D. // Counselor Education
View nomination packet

Brody Maack, PharmD, CTTS

Department of Pharmacy Practice
Course: PHRM 538 - Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases
Nominated by: Dan Cernusca, Ph.D. // Department of Pharmacy Practice
View nomination packet

Kenneth Magel, PH.D.

Department of Computer Science
Course: Various Computer Science courses
Nominated by: Brian Slator, Ph.D. // Department of Computer Science
View nomination packet

Todd Sirotiak, PH.D.

Department of Construction Management and Engineering
Course: Construction Management and Engineering courses taught
Nominated by: Achintyamugdha S. Sharma, Ph.D. Candidate

Melissa Vosen Callens, PH.D.

Department of Communications
Course: COMM 435: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture
Nominated by: Melissa Vosen Callens, Ph.D. // Department of Communications

Criteria:

Eligible nominations may be made by the individual faculty member, colleague(s), and student(s). Please limit nomination descriptions to one cover page plus three additional pages describing how the nominee meets the criteria listed below. Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

Cover page - The cover page should include name, department, email address, and phone number for both the nominee and the applicant.

The individual course assessment award applicant must demonstrate that the nominee has met the following attributes about assessment protocol:

  1. Assesses either formative or summative student learning,
  2. Focuses on specific learning objectives,
  3. Has been used to improve student learning,
  4. Is appropriate for their course level,
  5. Uses valid, effective data collection methods,
  6. Gives a product and/or data that clearly assesses the learning objectives,
  7. Can be used long-term,
  8. Is amenable to modification with time, and
  9. Can be adopted or modified for use in other courses across campus.

The Assessment Awards Committee will meet to assess and evaluate submissions. Recipients will be announced on or before April 14, 2017. Contact Paul Kelter, Office of Teaching and Learning, with questions.


Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment

The Office of Teaching and Learning invites applications for this award that honors programs for documenting and improving assessment effectiveness over time. The award promotes sharing of outstanding assessment models with the NDSU community. More than one award may be given at the discretion of the Assessment Awards Committee.

To honor the memory of Dr. Amy Rupiper Taggart, North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Office of Teaching and Learning has renamed the annual Award for Excellence in Program Assessment as the “Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment.” The award will continue to recognize “individuals or small teams for creative and thorough methods of gathering evidence to evaluate student learning. The award promotes sharing of outstanding assessment models with the NDSU community.”

Dr. Taggart joined the NDSU English Department in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. at Texas Christian University.  As Director of the First-Year Writing Program from 2008-12, she was deeply involved in improving and sustaining the program, one of NDSU’s premier assessment initiatives.  Her focus was on the First-Year Writing Program and composition pedagogy research. Dr. Taggart’s leadership with the National Science Foundation-funded Gateways-ND teacher training project, General Education improvement at NDSU, and the Office of Teaching and Learning  embodied her professional passion of improving the education of university students by working with students, faculty, and instructional staff. She was successful in improving student learning through actively engaged pedagogy and robust assessment. Her understanding, grace, and guidance have contributed to making NDSU a wonderful, welcoming place to involve students in learning.

Award-winning departments will receive $1,000 to use for professional development.

2017 Excellence in Program Assessment Award Winners:

This year there are two winners of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Program Assessment.

writing programs staff

NDSU's Writing Program
 

was selected based on their holistic model for program-wide writing assessment, instructional faculty and staff development, and documented evidence of student and pedagogical improvement over time. To the Committee, this creates a well-developed assessment model that is sustainable and adaptable to other programs of study. View NDSU Writing Program's nomination packet.


teacher education sign

NDSU's Teacher Education Unit

was selected based on their holistic model for program-wide assessment, commitment to continued improvement in assessment techniques through validation and reliability studies, and the use of technology to improve the response rate and timeliness of assessment feedback. Their application particularly stood out to the Committee because of the assessment practices that extend beyond the classroom. Being able to assess students and Teacher Education Program graduates in live instructional settings and/or work environments is key in demonstrating the ultimate success of an educational program. View NDSU Teacher Education Unit's nomination packet.

NDSU's Writing Program and Teacher Education Unit will each receive a $1,000 prize to use toward a professional development opportunity of their choice. 

 

2017 Nominees:

The nominees for the 2017 Award for Excellence in Program Assessment are...
Interior Design Program

Nominee Contact: Susan Ray-Degges
Nominated by: Susan Ray-Degges // Interior Design Program
View nomination packet

School of Pharmacy

Nominee Contact: Cynthia Naughton, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Nominated by: Cynthia Naughton // School of Pharmacy
View nomination packet

Teacher Education Unit

Nominee Contact: Stacy Duffield, Program Coordinator
Nominated by: Todd F. Lewis, Ph.D. // Counselor Education
View nomination packet

Writing Programs

Nominee Contact: Lisa Arnold, Director of First-Year Writing + Bruce Maylath, Director of Upper-Division Writing
Nominated by: Lisa Arnold // First-Year Writing + Bruce Maylath // Upper-Division Writing
View nomination packet

Criteria:

Eligible nominations may be made by the individual faculty member, colleague(s), and student(s). Please limit nomination descriptions to one cover page plus three additional pages describing how the program meets the criteria listed below. Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

Cover page - The cover page should include program name, department name, contact person, email address, and phone number for the nominated department and name, department, email, and phone number of the individual nominating the program.

The program assessment award applicant must demonstrate that the program has met the following attributes about assessment protocol:

  1. Clearly identifies program goals and objectives and/or outcomes,
  2. Shows evidence of assessment linked to those goals, objectives, and/or outcomes,
  3. Involves a wide range of departmental faculty/staff,
  4. The program and related assessments have evolved over time,
  5. Documents changes that improve the program,
  6. Adheres to the accreditation standards for the department/program,
  7. Uses best practices of assessment,
  8. Effectively collects data, and
  9. Evaluates the assessment protocol to make changes over time.

The Assessment Awards Committee will meet to assess and evaluate submissions. Recipient departments will be announced on or before April 14, 2017. Contact Paul Kelter, Office of Teaching and Learning, with questions.


Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

Follow NDSU

Office of Teaching and Learning
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7015
Campus address: Family Life Center (FLC) 314
Mailing address: Dept 2020 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 1:12:00 PM