This award is open to full-time general faculty of any rank who have excelled in teaching in the laboratory. The “laboratory” can be broadly defined to include both traditional science labs and other formal courses that include experiential learning where students participate in the processes of investigation, analysis, and reflection in order to reach a deeper understanding of course concepts. The award recipient will receive $3,000, and up to one award will be given annually.
Questions? Contact Joyce Weinsheimer.
- Nomination packets are due by 5 p.m. on the last Friday in January.
- Awards will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Day Luncheon in April, and winners will be honored at the New Faculty Orientation Dinner in August.
- Any faculty member of any rank who teaches students in lab settings.
- Self-nominations are encouraged.
The nomination packet (which should be no more than 15 pages) should be submitted electronically as a Word document or PDF to Georgia Tech's award portal: https://gatech.infoready4.com. It should include the following items:
- Table of contents for the packet.
- Description of the laboratory initiative, including the goals of the laboratory instruction, the intended audience, the targeted learning outcomes, and the approach taken.
- Description of how the laboratory initiative has been evaluated, including documentation of how the goals were met, the extent to which the learning outcomes were achieved, and the benefits derived from the initiative.
- Description of the potential for others to adopt or adapt the initiative to other lab settings.
- In addition, you should solicit five letters of support of your award application. You will be prompted to enter the email addresses of each letter writer. These individuals will then be sent a request to submit their letters directly through the awards portal. These letters of support should be from the following individuals:
*Candidate’s department chair.
*One or two colleagues who have observed the laboratory initiative.
*Three to five students who have participated in the initiative.
It will be up to the selection committee to set the exact criteria for the award. But it's expected that the committee will consider the extent to which the approach to laboratory instruction does the following:
- Enhances student learning by helping students deepen their understanding of fundamental concepts.
- Promotes student participation in the processes of investigation, analysis, and reflection.
- Provides opportunities for students to think about, discuss, and/or investigate/solve real-world problems.
- Engages students in collaborative problem solving.
- Contributes to a positive student learning experience at Georgia Tech.
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