The Augusta University Teaching Excellence Awards are designed to achieve two goals: recognize the excellence of Augusta University educators and educational programs and to select nominees for the University System of Georgia Regents Teaching Excellence Awards program (winners of the Augusta University awards will move forward as the university’s nominees for the Regents awards)

Individual Teaching Excellence Award

The Augusta University Individual Teaching Excellence Award recognizes an individual faculty member who:

  • Is strongly committed to teaching and learning. This commitment may be demonstrated through activities aimed at advancing the quality and practice of teaching and learning or helping students develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills or global and multicultural understanding;
  • Uses effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning, including innovative uses of technology, active learning, learning communities, student portfolios and assessment;
  • Has a strong commitment to fostering the academic success of students by interacting with them outside the classroom (e.g., advising, mentoring and recruiting).

Program Teaching Excellence Award

The Augusta University Program Teaching Excellence Award recognizes a department or academic program for:

  • Individual and collective faculty efforts to improve teaching and student learning;
  • Its Methods of assessing student learning, achievements that go beyond student evaluations and use of assessment results that inform teaching practices as well as curriculum development and revision;
  • Active support of faculty in the use of innovative and effective forms of andragogy and technology (e.g., critical thinking, collaborative and cooperative learning, problem-based learning and learning communities);
  • The use of a reward system that promotes good teaching (e.g., compensation, promotion, tenure, grants, leaves, travel and departmental or program-based awards);
  • Policies that encourage collaborative faculty efforts, including team teaching, teaching discussion groups, common assessments, interdisciplinary courses, learning communities and mentoring;
  • The use of an on-going, data-driven process to review and reshape curricula;
  • Exemplary out-of-class teaching and learning efforts, co-curricular work with students, and efforts in advising, mentoring, recruiting and retaining students;
  • Student success based on the department’s or program’s success criteria (e.g., graduation rate, job placement and acceptance in graduate school).
  • Clear articulation of how quality is defined, promoted, and assessed by the department or program.

Online Teaching Excellence Award

The Augusta University Online Teaching Excellence Award recognizes an individual faculty member who:

  • Is strongly committed to quality online teaching and learning as evidenced by teaching, service and scholarly activities;
  • Uses effective and innovative online teaching practices that result in student engagement, student satisfaction and achievement of desired learning outcomes;
  • Demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to fostering the academic success of online students by interacting with them beyond the virtual classroom;
  • Uses assessments of student learning to inform teaching practices and improve online courses based on an on-going, data-driven process;
  • Promotes collaboration among students based on best practices of online student engagement;
  • Ensures online courses meet online quality standards set by the USG, such as Quality Matters.

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award

The Augusta University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recognizes an individual faculty member who:

  • Engages in the systematic examination of issues about student learning and instructional conditions that promote learning, building on previous scholarship;
  • Documents the use of strategies for investigating and evaluating the impact of teaching on student learning, anchored in the research literature;
  • Engages in scholarship that is public, peer-reviewed and critiqued;
  • Produces scholarly work that contributes to the body of knowledge on teaching and learning;
  • Develops a well-articulated teaching philosophy that drives research questions;
  • Documents the dissemination of his or her scholarship results;
  • Serves in a formal or informal leadership role to promote and support the scholarship of teaching and learning at Augusta University and beyond.

Previous Winners

 2020-2021 Winners

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Susan Murray

  • Hull College of Business

Individual Teaching Excellence Award

History, Anthropology, and Philosophy

  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Program Teaching Excellence Award

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Daniel Kaminstein

  • Medical College of Georgia

Online Teaching Excellence Award

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Craig Albert

  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

 2019-2020 Winners 

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Angela Spencer

  • College of Science and Mathematics

Individual Teaching Excellence Award

Dental Hygiene

  • College of Allied Health Sciences

Program Teaching Excellence Award

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Graeme Connolly

  • College of Education

Online Teaching Award

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ChongWoo Park

  • Hull College of Business

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award

2017-2018 Winners

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Marsha Loda

  • Hull College of Business

Individual Teaching Excellence Award

Elementary Education

  • College of Education

Program Teaching Excellence Award

Martha Jennings

  • College of Nursing

Online Teaching Award

2016-2017 Winners

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Trinanjan Datta

  • College of Science and Mathematics

Individual Teaching Excellence Award

Department of Pathology

  • Medical College of Georgia

Program Teaching Excellence Award

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David Hunt

  • Pamplin College

Online Teaching Award

2015-2016 Winners

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Rebecca Harper

  • College of Education

Individual Teaching Excellence Award

Emergency Medicine & Hospitalist Services

  • Medical College of Georgia

Program Teaching Excellence Award

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Deltrye Holt

  • College of Science and Mathematics

Online Teaching Award