Novice Faculty Teaching Awards
Description of Awards
The purpose of the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools.
Two awards will be presented each year, with one award presented in each of the following categories:
- The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award will be presented to faculty teaching in either classroom or online settings. See Past Award Winners.
- The Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award will recognize outstanding faculty teaching in clinical settings. See Past Award Winners.
FREQUENCY OF AWARDS
The call for award applications will be announced during the Fall semester, with the nomination application packets due during the Spring semester.
APPLICATION Deadline for 2012 cycle
June 1, 2013
- Faculty at AACN member school
- Novice faculty; defined as teaching full- or part-time in their first faculty teaching role for five years or fewer
- Faculty that have taught full- or part-time for at least two semesters during the previous academic year
- Faculty with a doctoral or master’s degree in nursing
- Faculty teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
- Demonstrates innovation in teaching/learning approaches
- Demonstrates empathy and respect for students and creates a culture that encourages student expression of ideas
- Acts as an exemplary role model and exhibits professional values and standards
- Demonstrates evidence-based teaching/learning and integration of theory and practice
The eligible faculty member may be nominated by either a student or faculty member. The nomination application packet consists of five components:
1. 2 letters of nomination – one from a peer faculty member and one from a student
2. Statement of verification from nominee’s Program Chair – confirm that the nominee demonstrates overall effectiveness in the faculty role and teaching effectiveness (i.e., as reflected in student evaluations)
3. Nominee personal statement (one page) – explain why your approaches to teaching and learning meet the criteria for this award
4. Nominee curriculum vitae
- The letter of nomination must explicitly state whether the faculty member is being nominated for the didactic or clinical award.
- All components of the application packet will be utilized to judge the degree to which each nominee meets the award criteria.
- All five components of the nomination application must be submitted as a single packet.
- All letters and statements must be no longer than one page in length.
- All letters and statements must be written within the last six months.
- It is recommended that letters and statements address the stated award criteria and provide evidence or examples of meeting the criteria.
Nomination application packets should be electronically submitted to Anna Kathryn Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct any questions to Faculty Programs Coordinator, Anna Kathryn Pierce at email@example.com.
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
Award winners will be announced at the end of the spring semester:
- Winners will choose one AACN conference that they would like to attend during the following academic year; the registration fee for that conference will be waived.
- Winners will receive an award certificate.
- Winners will be spotlighted on AACN’s website and in the association’s electronic publications.
2012 Award Winners
Renee McLeod-Sordjan DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Lori McElroy, MS, RN, CNE
University of Oklahoma
College of Nursing