Filippelli Institute Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

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The College of the Liberal Arts recognizes the vital role of the teacher in the academic success of the online learner.  We value the part the teacher plays in advancing a rich learning environment that allows educators and students to introduce and exchange ideas and information around the clock and from anywhere in the world using multiple communication modes.

It is in the spirit of innovation that the Filippelli Institute Award for Excellence in Online Teaching is given by the Filippelli Institute for e-Education and Outreach to recognize, congratulate and show our appreciation for noteworthy online teaching.


  • Minimum of three years of teaching for the College of the Liberal Arts
  • Undergraduate online teaching as a primary responsibility
  • Pre-tenured, tenured, or teaching faculty are eligible
  • Full-time appointment (defined as all online courses or a split between residential and online) or a minimum of 12 courses taught on a part-time appointment
  • Has not won the award for five years

Nomination Process

  • Eligible departments and or programs in the College of the Liberal Arts determine an internal nomination process based upon the established eligibility criteria. Please note candidates may not self-nominate but rather must be the nominee from their department or program. Departments or programs may submit only one nomination for consideration
  • Candidate's portfolios must be electronically submitted by their department or program to the Assistant Dean for Online Education and Outreach () by December 18 each year

Teaching Award Review Criteria

  1. Knowledge and use of engaging pedagogy: Demonstrates the use of a variety of individual and group work experiences; shares clear expectations for the students; provides context and content resources and applications for the learners; creates open-ended questions; and provides guidelines and instruction on responding to other students
  2. Is present at the course site: Liberal use of communication tools such as announcements, discussion board postings, and forums to communicate to the student
  3. Creates a supportive online community: Demonstrates a balanced set of dialogue – launches the class with a personal introduction; encourages use of open student forums; sets up small groups where students can assume responsibility for supportive mentoring of fellow students; sets up problem solving forums
  4. Demonstrates an understanding and use of appropriate innovation for the courses they teach
  5. Aligns teaching to learning: Links what they do in their courses with the outcomes of the course and what they expect from their students
  6. Learner centeredness: Indicates that students learn differently and that students are key to the learning process

Candidate’s Portfolio

To ensure that each candidate is fully considered, the following elements must be submitted as part of the candidate’s portfolio:

  • Candidate's nomination form
  • Teaching philosophy (one page maximum double spaced)
  • Biographical sketch - include appointments in reverse chronological order and address how online teaching has influenced your professional growth (two pages maximum double spaced) 
  • SRTE summary table for all online courses
  • GPA summary table for all online courses
  • Best practices statement – address what works well for you. Include what is meant “to be present,” and how you create a supportive online community (three pages maximum double spaced)
  • Letters of Support:
  1. Department or program head
  2. Faculty member who is familiar with your teaching
  3. Student written comments in SRTEs
  • Sample syllabus - one course syllabus. Note if you developed the course and/or what modifications or enhancements you made to the syllabus if you did not develop the course
  • Collection of written comments on assignments to students

Submit the portfolio electronically in the stated order with a cover letter by December 18 to:

, Chair, Selection Committee
Filippelli Institute for e-Education and Outreach

The successful candidate will be named during the spring term. The recipient will receive a cash award of $1000.

Nomination Form (download)

Past Winners

2022 Brian Redmond Labor and Employment Relations
2021 Tara Traeder Communication Arts and Sciences
2020 Lisa Stevenson Psychology
2019 Jaime Brown Economics
2018 Kurt Braddock Communication Arts and Sciences
2017 Katie S. Coll Economics
2016 Paul Kellerman English
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