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Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award

Criteria and Selection Procedures
Nomination/Application Form

The MTSU Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award honors faculty members each year who demonstrates excellence in the development of technology-based teaching materials and in the integration of instructional technology into the classroom. Three distinguished awards are accompanied by a check for $3,000 from the MTSU Foundation. The award recipients are honored at the MTSU Fall Convocation in August.

Past recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award:


  • Virginia Donnell, Speech and Theatre
  • Daniel Prather - Aerospace
  • Vince Smith - Business Communication and Entrepreneurship


  • Nathan Adam, Recording Industry
  • Debra Wilson, Nursing
  • Amy Macy, Recording Industry















Award nominations are taken beginning in January (a timeline is available to highlight important dates and nomination procedures). The nominees are asked to submit materials, in digital format, in support of their nomination that address the following:

  1. Instructional materials development
    • Describe the technology-based teaching materials that you use.
    • Describe the procurement/development process.
    • Describe the hardware and software you utilize in the development phase.
  2. Classroom/curriculum integration
    • Describe how the materials are used in your courses.
    • Describe how the materials are used by your students outside of your classroom.
    • Describe the hardware and software used in the classroom.
  3. Materials evaluation
    • Describe your technology-based materials evaluation process.
    • Outline your evaluation results.
    • Describe how your evaluation results are used.
  4. Mentoring and publication
    • Illustrate how you share your instructional materials and knowledge with your colleagues.
    • Describe any publication, conference participation, or educational training related to instructional technology.
  5. Additional information
    • Describe your methods for learning more about instructional technology.
    • Describe your requirements for student use of instructional technology.
    • Highlight your plans for future use of instructional technology.
    • Innovation: Describe how what you do is unique to your area.
    • Impact: Describe how your use of Instructional Technology has impact beyond your classroom (community, university, OR globally).

Selection procedures

  1. Nominations are due on January 30th, 2015.
  2. The nominees' supporting materials should be sent to Brenda Kerr,, at the Faculty Instructional Technology Center (Box 226) by Friday, February 27th, 2015. Sending digital files by email would be best.
  3. The Instructional Technologies Development Committee and a faculty representative of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable review the materials and select five finalists in March. (Only the names of the five finalists will be announced.)
  4. The five finalists are announced in March. At that time equipment arrangements for technology-based materials demonstrations are made with each of the finalists.
  5. The five finalists demonstrate their technology-based instructional materials before the Instructional Technologies Development Committee, a faculty representative of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable, and an ex-officio member of the MTSU Foundation in April.
  6. The awards are announced at the Fall Convocation in August

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