This award is open to full-time 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 February 1.
- Awards will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Day Luncheon in April.
- 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 PDF file 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. (Please note that this award is for instructional labs, not research labs.)
- 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 letters of support of your award application (these letters will not count toward the page maximum). 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.
David MacNair, Director of Laboratory Development, Mechanical Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Four years ago, Dr. David MacNair took on the challenge of redesigning the instructional laboratories in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He created new laboratory platforms for students to utilize, and he designed and produced data-collection equipment and pieces of experimental apparatus so that students could navigate the lab environment more easily. Dr. MacNair has fundamentally enriched the quality of the content students learn while preparing them for the realities of engineering in the world beyond Tech. These changes inspired one of his students to say, “His efforts helped me become both a better student and a better engineer.”
Victor Breedveld, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Nomination Packet)
S. Balakrishna Pai, Biomedical Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Christine Spencer, Biology (Nomination Packet)
Michael A. Dobbins, City and Regional Planning (Nomination Packet)
Essy Behravesh, Biomedical Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Cara Gormally, Biology
Jacqueline Mohalley Snedeker, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering