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USU Innovation in Education Awards 2017
USU Innovation in Education Awards 2017

Abstract Guidelines

Read the accompanying guidelines carefully, then: submit/edit your abstract.

Closing date for abstract submission is Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:55 PM .

USU has many, many highly accomplished educators. The Faculty Senate Education Committee will look beyond the basic qualities of a good educator, to recognize those teachers who have a great impact on the education of our students through the use of innovative materials and/or methods.

The top six finalists whose abstracts are pre-selected by the Education Day planning committee will make 10 minute presentations of their Innovative Teaching Method Abstract to all Education Day participants.

There will be two awards presented this year:

Judge's Selection:  The top abstract as selected by a panel of judges consisting of previous Innovation in Education winners, invited speakers, and Faculty Senate Education Committee members.

Popular Selection:  The top abstract selected by all attendees at this year's Education Day. This will be accomplished using Poll Everywhere ( Please bring a wi-fi enabled smartphone, tablet, or laptop to participate in the voting.

Please Note:  These are not lifetime achievement awards for outstanding teaching; instead, these awards are meant to honor USU educators for their development of innovative teaching method(s) or their innovative use of existing teaching method(s).

Requirements and Procedures:

1.  Any USU faculty member may submit a brief abstract of approximately 500 words before, Monday, May 1 at 11:55 PM. Members of the Senate Education Committee are eligible to submit an abstract but will then be recused from the selection process.

2.   As you write your abstract, please keep in mind that the selection committee will be evaluating your innovation with these criteria in mind:

  • What is the General Quality of this project?
  • What is the Impact on Student Learning for this project?
  • What is the Impact on the Educational Program for this project?
  • What is the Level of Innovation of this project?

Download more detailed criteria in PDF format.

3.   Using the aforementioned criteria for evaluation, the Faculty Senate Education committee will narrow the submission pool to six finalists. These finalists will be notified by Monday May 22, 2017.

4.   During the Education Day program, the six finalists will give 10 minute presentations of their projects to all Education Day participants, followed by 5 minutes to field questions from the audience. The Judge's and Popular selection winners will receive an educational grant award of $2,500.

submit/edit your abstract.

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