Faculty and teaching staff who are motivated and invested in their teaching should be recognized for their commitment to quality teaching and learning. 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
- Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment
- Peltier Innovation in Teaching Award
- Campus Kudos
The Office of Teaching and Learning invites applications for this award that honors individuals or small teams for creative and thorough methods of assessment in individual courses or a series of consecutive courses. The award promotes sharing of outstanding assessment models with the North Dakota State University (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.
Teaching faculty and staff can nominate themselves, or may be nominationated by a colleague(s) and/or student(s). Please limit award applications four pages, composed of one cover page and three additional pages describing how the nominee meets the criteria listed below. Applications can be submitted starting January 1st and are due by March 1, annually.
Cover page - The cover page should include name, department, email address, and phone number for the nominee and, if applicable, the nominator.
The Award for Excellence in Course Assessment nominee must demonstrate the following attributes about assessment protocol:
- Assesses either formative or summative student learning,
- Focuses on specific learning objectives,
- Has been used to improve student learning,
- Is appropriate for their course level,
- Uses valid, effective data collection methods,
- Gives a product and/or data that clearly assesses the learning objectives,
- Can be used long-term,
- Is amenable to modification with time, and
- 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, annually. Contact Jill Motschenbacher, Office of Teaching and Learning, with questions.
2018 Excellence in Course Assessment Award Winners:
It is an honor to announce that the faculty teaching team of Drs. Heidi N. Eukel, Jeanne E. Frenzel, and Elizabeth T. Skoy from the Department of Pharmacy Practicewere selected for the 2018 Award for Excellence in Course Assessment.
Drs. Eukel, Frenzel, and Skoy were selected because of the quality and variety of formative and summative assessments used in their class, which focus on both individual and team learning. The team demonstrated that ongoing instructional change has occurred, and is occurring, in the classroom as a result of assessing student learning. Their assessment plan was organized, focused, adaptable over time, and can be used as a model for other courses.
Drs. Eukel, Frenzel, and Skoy will receive a $500 prize to use toward a professional development opportunity of their choice.
Additional nominees for the 2018 Excellence in Course Assessment Award were: Dr. Loren Baranko from the Department of Animal Science, nominated by Dr. Jeanette Hoffman and Dr. Kenneth Magel from the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, nominated by Dr. Brian Slator. Nominations for the 2019 Assessment Awards will be accepted January 1 through March 1, 2019.
2018 Excellence in Course Assessment Award Nominees:The nominees for the 2018 Award for Excellence in Course Assessment are...
Loren Baranko, Ph.D.
Department of Animal Science
Course: Introduction to Animal Sciences Labs (ANSC 114)
Nominated by: Jeanette Hoffman, Ed.D. // School of Education
Heidi N. Eukel, PharmD // Jeanne E. Frenzel, PharmD // Elizabeth T. Skoy, PharmD
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Course: Pharmacy Practice Laboratory I (PHRM 351L)
Nominated by: Heidi N. Eukel, PharmD; Jeanne E. Frenzel, PharmD; and Elizabeth T. Skoy, PharmD // Department of Pharmacy Practice
Kenneth Magel, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science
Course: Various Computer Science courses
Nominated by: Brian Slator, Ph.D. // Department of Computer Science
2017 - Brody Maack, PharmD
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.
The Office of Teaching and Learning invites applications for this award that honors academic programs for documenting and improving assessment effectiveness over time. The award promotes sharing of outstanding program 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 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.
Nominations are due March 1 and can be emailed to Jill Motschenbacher.
Academic program faculty and staff can nominate their own program or the program may be nominated by a colleague(s) or student(s). Please limit award applications to four pages, composed of one cover page and three additional pages describing how the program meets the criteria listed below. Applications can be submitted starting January 1st and are due by March 1, annually.
Cover page - The cover page should include program name, department name, contact person, email address, and phone number for the nominated department and, if applicable, the name, department, email, and phone number of the individual(s) nominating the program.
The Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment applicant must demonstrate that the program has met the following attributes about assessment protocol:
- Clearly identifies program goals and objectives and/or outcomes,
- Shows evidence of assessment linked to those goals, objectives, and/or outcomes,
- Involves a wide range of departmental faculty/staff,
- The program and related assessments have evolved over time,
- Documents changes that improve the program,
- Adheres to the accreditation standards for the department/program,
- Uses best practices of assessment,
- Effectively collects data, and
- 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, annually. Contact Jill Motschenbacher, Office of Teaching and Learning, with questions.
2018 Dr. Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment Nominees:
There were no nominees for the 2018 Dr. Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2019 award.
Award name was changed in 2017, award was given under the name "2017 Excellence in Program Assessment Award". This year there are two winners of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Program Assessment.
2017 - 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.
2017 - 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.