Online Teaching Award

Objective: To recognize outstanding online teaching performance.

Eligibility: Tenure-track, tenured, term faculty or a staff member who has completed a minimum of one academic year of appointment in Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences and a minimum of four courses taught in the College of Human Sciences. At least two of the courses need to be completely online. These can be the same course number taught over different semesters or two different courses with different course numbers. No blended classes will be considered.

Amount of award: $500 one-time stipend

Number of awards: Two per year, although the College of Human Sciences Awards Committee reserves the right not to select any recipient in a given year.

Criteria: Evidence of outstanding performance as a teacher, as documented by students and peers.


  1. Submissions must be in .pdf form and submitted via email to by 11:59pm on the first Tuesday in February. Please name your PDF file “Award title, Last name of nominee” before submitting it (ex: Online Teaching Award, Lee).
  2. Complete the nomination form.
  3. All letters should be on relevant letterhead, addressed to the College of Human Sciences Faculty and Staff Awards Committee, and signed by letter writer. Nominations for this award may be submitted by an individual or employing unit. Letters should be written specifically for the nomination.
  4. Nominating letter: A nominating letter of no more than three pages, signed by an individual with a reputation for outstanding teaching, describing why this person deserves this award. Indicate the range of teaching responsibilities which have been performed, describe the aspects of the teaching performance which distinguish the nominee, and provide specific evidence of meritorious performance.
  5. Nominee statement: Include a two-page statement of teaching philosophy prepared by the nominee.
  6. Student and colleague letters: Four letters maximum. This section should be prefaced with a list of the names and positions of the letter writers and an indication of their relevance to the nomination. Two letters should come from current and former students who are in a position to comment on his/her/their teaching. Two letters from colleagues should come from those who have strong reputations for teaching excellence; are in a position to comment on the nominee’s teaching; and reflect team teaching experiences, observations, or other firsthand knowledge of teaching performance.
  7. Curriculum vitae: An abbreviated vita of no more than four pages, which is current and includes all information related to the teaching award.
  8. Student evaluation data: Student evaluation data, displayed in summary form, including an appropriate range of courses or offerings and reflect the most recent years. Online student evaluations should be displayed in the context of college or department norms with a clear explanation of the characteristics being evaluated and the rating scale being used.