Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
The Wolters Kluwer Innovation in Teaching Award is presented by the ACSM Exercise Science Education Interest Group to ACSM educators who have used innovative strategies and practices to enhance student learning. The purposes of this award are both to honor individuals who have used innovative pedagogical approaches and to promote the dissemination of best practices by providing a forum for them to share their work with other educators in the College and beyond.
The recipient will receive a $1000 award and will be recognized during the Exercise Science Education Interest Group meeting at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The awardee will be required to share her/his innovation by making a 10-15 presentation during the Interest Group meeting, and by discussing the project in a webinar that will be hosted by Wolters Kluwer over the summer. Finally, the awardee will also be asked to serve on the 2019 award selection committee.
Applicants need to demonstrate careful reflection, implementation and impact of an innovative teaching strategy or practice that does at least one of the following:
• promotes novel approaches to teaching and learning
• promotes research-based approaches to teaching and learning
• investigates current teaching and learning issues and trends
• employs novel teaching and learning technologies
• utilizes active student learning
• utilizes data to inform instructional changes
In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must:
• be a current member of the ACSM
• be a full-time faculty member, instructor or teacher in a community college, college or university
• demonstrate an innovative strategy or practice they used to enhance student learning within the last five years
Applicants do not need to be nominated for the award, they simply need to submit a single PDF file that includes all of the following components:
• a one- to two-page description that explains: 1. the course(s) in which the innovation was used, 2. the learning challenge you were encountering, 3. the reason you implemented the innovation, and 4. how the innovation was implemented. If possible, describe the innovation with enough detail and in such a manner that would allow others to replicate it.
• a one- to two-page description of how the innovation impacted student learning and/or student engagement. Be sure to address how student performance in the course(s) impacted and, if possible, comment on the cost to benefit ratio of the innovation.
• one- to two-pages of supporting materials (e.g., additional evidence of impact, samples of student work, student feedback or evaluations, link to an online resource, etc.) and/or evidence of dissemination of the innovative work to the teaching community (e.g., journal abstract or professional conference presentation info)*.
• a one page letter of support from a supervisor or colleague (e.g., Chair, program coordinator or curriculum coordinator) that attests to the impact of the innovation
• one to two letters of support (each one page) from current or former students that attest to the impact of the innovation
*Note: Publications and presentations will be viewed as good evidence of innovation and impact, but they are not required for the application. All individuals who can demonstrate careful reflection on their innovative work are encouraged to apply, even if they have not previously disseminated it.
Applications should be emailed to the chair of the award selection committee John Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by February 15, 2018.
The award selection committee consists of:
• the current chair(s) of the Exercise Science Education Interest Group
• at least two additional members of the Exercise Science Education Interest Group