Bob Gough, Montana State University, served as editor
from 1996 to 2002.Bob Gough

As editor, he introduced many changes to the Journal that we still benefit from today, for example: a style guide, more manuscripts in each issue, condensed reports and a color change. His advice: “Write tight,” still applies.

Year Recipient/s Institution/s
2017 Matt Spindler Virginia Tech
2016 Edward Franklin University of Arizona
2015 Roger Brown
Tammy Stephensonn
University of Kentucky
2014 Kulbhushan Grover
Shelly Stovall
New Mexico State University

The Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award is made possible through the generosity of Cengage Learning. This award is presented to one individual who demonstrates excellence in using technology to enhance post-secondary instruction in agriculture. To qualify for the award, a NACTA member must currently be on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching. A committee of NACTA members reviews applications. Criteria included in the evaluation are: nominee’s essay on the integration and use of technology to support effective teaching and learning; a statement about the impact of technology integration on student learning, student motivation, and student creativity; evaluations submitted by current students, alumni, administrative officers, and peers; a self-evaluation including factors such as considerations in technology integration, course outcomes, scholarly activities and professional development specific to technology integration, challenges to technology integration, future plans for technology integration, and recognition/mentorship in technology integration. Recipients receive a plaque and $1,000.00.

 
Selection Criteria for your Dossier:
  1. Inclusion of the Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award Checklist at the beginning of the nominee's file.
  2. Cover letter to the Chair of the Teacher Recognition Committee, which addresses items 3 and 4 below.
  3. Evidence of an individual NACTA membership for at least five of the past seven years (be sure to address this). Membership will be verified with the NACTA Secretary.
  4. Evidence that the nominee has been on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching for at least five of the past seven years is required. (A statement by an academic administrative officer will suffice.)
  5. An essay by the nominee describing the integration and use of technology to support effective teaching and learning in a specific course offered on-campus or via distance education. This must not exceed five typewritten (double-spaced) pages.
  6. Statement about the impact of technology integration on student learning, student motivation, and student creativity in the classroom.
  7. Evaluation from three current/former students who are currently enrolled or have completed the technologically enhanced course.
  8. Evaluation from one academic administrative officer specifically discussing the nominee’s utilization of technology in his/her teaching.
  9. Evaluation from a peer specifically discussing the nominee’s utilization of technology in his/her teaching.
  10. Samples of course materials reflecting the integration of technology in a specific course (such as excerpts from syllabi, assignments, projects, student portfolios, links to course content, audio or video materials, etc). Limit 3 - 5 pages.

  11. Nominee's resume/vita, limited to 4-pages total.

 

The nominee should provide a self-evaluation on the following:
  1. Considerations in the integration of technology specific to their course,
  2. Outcomes of the technologically enhanced course as compared to other courses delivered using more traditional pedagogy,
  3. Scholarly activities and professional development specific to technology integration, 
  4. Challenges that have been encountered specific to technology integration and how they have been addressed,
  5. Future plans for technology integration efforts, 
  6. Departmental, college, and university efforts specific to technology integration, and/or mentorship of other faculty members in technology integration.

 

Please submit all award materials for each nominee as one single PDF file online at:

 

Special Criteria for NACTA Judging and Student Service Award

The NACTA Judging and Student Service Award is presented to a faculty member who has provided exceptional service to students, with special emphasis on those coaching competitive judging teams who have participated in the annual NACTA Judging Conference. Other areas of consideration include involvement in other student service activities, teaching accomplishments, and integration of the nominees judging program and activities with the overall academic experience and institution’s mission.  Additional criteria evaluated includes: student service philosophy, evaluations by current students and/or alumni; peer evaluation; administrative officer evaluation; and continued professional development of the faculty member. Evaluation forms can be found by clicking the proper form title in the "Evaluation Forms" menu box located on the left-hand side of this screen.

Recipients receive a plaque and a cash stipend. Please consult the selection criteria below for a more concise listing of criteria when preparing your award packet.

 

Eligibility:

To qualify for the award, a NACTA member must have been involved with coaching competitive teams in the annual NACTA Judging Conference for a minimum of 5 years.

 SELECTION CRITERIA FOR YOUR Dossier:

  1. A cover page, including membership status to address eligibility. The cover page should include the following information:
    • Name, title, professional address, telephone number, e-mail address of the nominator;
    • Name, title, professional address, telephone number, e-mail address of the nominee;
    • A list of the awards for which the nominee is being nominated; and
    • A cover letter addressed to the Chair of the Teacher Recognition Committee which provides details of the nominee’s active membership in NACTA and length of involvement in the NACTA Judging Conference.
  2. A summary of the nominee’s involvement and contributions to the NACTA Judging Conference, not to exceed two typewritten (double-spaced) pages.
  3. A summary of the nominee’s activities and accomplishments in teaching and other student service activities, not to exceed two typewritten (double-spaced) pages.
  4. A statement of the nominee's personal philosophy on student service, not to exceed two typewritten (double-spaced) pages.
  5. Evidence showing how coaching judging teams and other student service activities have enhanced the academic experience for students and how the nominees judging program integrates with the curriculum and contributes to the academic mission of the institution, not to exceed two typewritten (double-spaced) pages.
  6. Letters of support from 3-4 current or recent former students.  Students should complete the Teacher Evaluation forms on the NACTA Awards main page.
  7. A completed Teacher - Administrative Officer Form from and supporting statements from an administrator familiar with the nominee's teaching and student service activities.  Please see the NACTA Awards main page.
  8. A completed Teacher - Peer Form and supporting statements from a faculty peer.  Please see the NACTA Awards main page.
  9. A self- evaluation of nominee's teaching and student service activities to include the following sections:
a. availability to students
b. ability to attract and motivate students
c. use of current, innovative student service methods
d. scholarly activities related to student service
e. activity in departmental and institutional affairs
f. activity in community service
g. professional service in nominee’s academic discipline
h. professional involvement in other NACTA activities

   10.  Nominee's resume/vita, limited to 4-pages total.

 

Special Instructions


Attendance at annual meeting: Nominees should recognize that NACTA and sponsors expect awardees to be present at the annual conference to receive their awards. A consent of nomination implies that the nominee has an intention and, if selected for an award, will make a reasonable attempt to attend the annual conference.  All award recipients are expected to participate/make presentations at future NACTA conferences.

A photograph and short biography of each award recipient will be included in the awards program at the annual conference. Submit a biography not to exceed 250 words in WordPerfect or Word format, along with a good picture in the form of a JPG or GIF file (the larger/better quality, the better your picture will be). The biography and picture should be sent via e-mail to the Chair of the Teacher Recognition Committee.

 

Submit all award nominations online at: http://nactaawards.expressacademic.org/login.php
 
For each nominee, upload one single PDF file that includes all nomination materials (all documents, letters of support, and other relevant documents) at the website by 11:59 PM on February 1st.

 

NACTA Judging and Student Service Award criteria (Scoring form)

 

Deadline for all nomination materials is 11:59 PM on February 1st via the website.

First impressions do count. Attention to neatness of organization, format, and presentation of dossiers can make a difference.

 

Updated December 22, 2015 

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The NACTA Teaching Scholar Award (previously called the Regional Outstanding Teacher Award) is presented to a maximum of 1% of the NACTA membership body.  These individuals should demonstrate a heavier commitment to NACTA since earning the Teacher Fellow Award (now called the NACTA Educator Award) and be clear about their involvement with NACTA, the NACTA Journal, and our NACTA annual conference.  Teachers seeking this award should also demonstrate a teaching influence beyond their own campus.  
 

Eligibility

To qualify for the NACTA Teaching Scholar Award, a NACTA member must have previously received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award (now called the NACTA Educator Award) and currently be on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching. A committee of NACTA members reviews applications.

 

Selection criteria for your Dossier

  1. A cover page, including membership status to address eligibility. The cover page should include the following information:
    • Name, title, professional address, telephone number, e-mail address of the nominator;
    • Name, title, professional address, telephone number, e-mail address of the nominee;
    • A list of the awards for which the nominee is being nominated; and
    • Cover letter to the Chair of the Teacher Recognition Committee which addresses items 2, 3, and 4 below:
  2. Evidence of an individual NACTA membership for at least three years (be sure to address this). Membership will be verified with the NACTA Secretary.
  3. Evidence that the nominee has been on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching for at least five of the past seven years is required. (A statement by an academic administrative officer will suffice.)
  4. Nominee for the NACTA Teaching Scholar Award must have received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award (now called the NACTA Educator Award) at least two years prior to being nominated for this award. Nominee must clearly state when they received the Teacher Fellow Award. Verification will be made with the NACTA Secretary.
  5. A statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy, not to exceed five typewritten (double-spaced) pages.
  6. A summary of student evaluations of teaching for the most recent five years, plus letters of support from 2-3 current or former students.  Please ask students to complete the Teacher - Current Student Form on the NACTA Awards main page.
  7. A completed Teacher - Administrative Officer Form from an administrator directly related to the nominee's teaching activities.  Please see the NACTA Awards main page.  
  8. A completed Teacher - Peer Form from a faculty peer.  Please see the NACTA Awards main page.  It's even better if this is done by peers outside of your institution.
  9. A self-evaluation of nominee's teaching activities to include the following sections:
    1. availability to students
    2. ability to attract and motivate students
    3. use of current, innovative and effective teaching methods
    4. current in subject matter, including relevance to agricultural, environmental, natural and life sciences
    5. scholarly activities related to teaching
    6. participation in departmental, institutional and profession affairs
    7. outreach and engagement related to teaching
    8. student related activities (e.g., Club Advisor, etc.)
  10. A summary of nominee's promotion and enhancement of teaching
  11. A summary of nominee's involvement with NACTA
  12. Nominee's resume/vita, limited to 4-pages total
 
*** Note: Nominees who are not selected for this award may be considered the following year without updating their files, but new copies must be submitted to the Chair of the Teacher Recognition Committee. However, a nominee can and may wish to update the packet if additional supportive material would enhance the nomination.

 

Special Instructions


Attendance at annual meeting: Nominees should recognize that NACTA and sponsors expect awardees to be present at the annual conference to receive their awards. A consent of nomination implies that the nominee has an intention and, if selected for an award, will make a reasonable attempt to attend the annual conference.  All award recipients are expected to participate/make presentations at future NACTA conferences.
 

A photograph and short biography of each award recipient will be included in the awards program at the annual conference. Submit a biography not to exceed 150 words in WordPerfect or Word format, along with a good picture in the form of a JPG or GIF file (the larger/better quality, the better your picture will be) and your funniest moment in teaching story to be shared during the awards presentation using the online submission system where you'll submit your award packet.

 
Deadline for all nomination materials is 11:59 PM on February 1st.
 

First impressions do count. Attention to neatness of organization, format, and presentation of dossiers makes a difference.

 

New instructions: Submit all award nominations online at http://nactaawards.expressacademic.org/login.php

 

For each nominee, upload one single PDF file that includes all nomination materials (all document, letters of support, teaching evaluations and other relevant documents) at the website by 11:59 PM on February 1st.

We will only accept one PDF file for each nomination, and the website will not combine your materials into one file if you upload multiple files for each nominee. Evaluations of all nominees will be conducted through the website and neither the Teacher Recognition Committee nor the evaluators will be able to put multiple files together for one nominee.  

Visit the website at http://nactaawards.expressacademic.org/login.php for information on how to upload your files. If you haven't used this website before, you will need to create your own id and password. If you have any problem uploading files, contact Rick Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Wendy Warner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Deadline: Nomination materials for all awards (except Distinguished Educator and Teaching Award of Merit) must be uploaded at the website by 11:59 PM on February 1st..

 

Updated December 22, 2015

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