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Fairmont State University Faculty Awards and Grants 2021-2022: Excellence in Online Teaching

Past Excellence in Online Teaching Winners

Excellence in Online Teaching Rubric

Excellence in Online Teaching Criteria

Award for Excellence in Online Teaching


     This award is new this year and it is intended to honor faculty who show excellence in design, application, student engagement, student success, and enhanced commitment to virtual course facilitation.

     Full-time faculty with at least three years of service to Fairmont State University having a teaching load of 50% or more online are eligible for this award.


Nomination Process

     This award requires nomination by a peer or student who is currently enrolled at Fairmont State University. They should complete and submit the electronic nomination form explaining why the faculty member deserves consideration for the award. No anonymous nominations will be accepted; however the name of the nominator will not be disclosed without their consent. The committee will ask faculty members who have been named if they will accept the nomination.

Nomination Deadline

      November 12, 2021

Selection Criteria
     The committee hopes to obtain specific information about each nominee’s outstanding achievements in some or all of the following:
     • Excellence in design and application of online courses
     • Dedication to student engagement and success in online courses
     • Unusual dedication and commitment to online course facilitation

Application Process
     Those who have been nominated for the award and decide to move forward (to be considered for the award) are required to submit the following materials. The precise details for online submission will be provided to nominees with ample time prior to the application deadline. (Incomplete applications will be disqualified.)

1. Cover Letter (1-2 pages):
      The most useful cover letter does more than list the contents and reiterate the letters of support. The cover letter should make a clear and persuasive case for why the Faculty Development committee should give the nominee the award by identifying the nominee’s strengths and talents in the areas listed under the Selection Criteria.

2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae

3. At least one artifact and a one page (single-spaced) description of how that artifact demonstrates the nominee's achievement in one of the areas listed in the selection criteria:
         • Excellence in design and application of online courses
         • Dedication to student engagement and success in online courses
         • Unusual dedication to online course facilitation
4. Two Letters of Support
    • One peer letter
    • One Dean, Associate Dean, or Department chair letter

     During the spring semester, members of the Faculty Development Committee will meet with each nominee to review at least one online course the nominee facilitates. Additionally, a survey will be sent to students in the course that was reviewed for their feedback.

Application Deadline

     January 18, 2022