CEE Innovation in Experiential Education Award

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Award Rationale and Purpose

The Center for Educational Excellence is proud to sponsor the Innovation in Experiential Education (IEE) Award to signify our commitment to facilitating student-centered experiential learning, including but not limited to service learning, internships, classroom simulations, and research. Such activities require great faculty dedication. To encourage, celebrate, and disseminate best practices in the development and implementation of experiential learning, the CEE will annually bestow the Innovation in Experiential Education Award, which includes a $500 cash award, to a faculty innovator. The awardee will be announced at the CEE Recognition Reception, and receive their stipend and an award certificate at a luncheon/dinner presentation to be scheduled for Fall of the corresponding year.

Eligibility Requirements

All full-time and benefit based USD faculty members are eligible. The award will be given for innovative and successful experiential activities conducted in a course for at least two semesters during the last two academic years.

Application Process

Faculty should submit nominations (or self-nominations) to Anne Koenig (akoenig@sandiego.edu). Please include the faculty member's name and course in the nomination email. Nominees will be notified and encouraged to apply.

All materials in support of a faculty member’s nomination must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for the award. Deadline for submissions is March 2, 2018 at 5pm.

Nominees are required to submit the following materials:

  1. A one-page summary that includes the faculty member’s name, title, school or department, and a listing of courses for which the faculty member has developed experiential activities. For each course list its number, title, and semesters taught, followed by a brief description of the experiential activities used in the course.
  2. A letter, not to exceed three single-spaced pages, which describes the faculty member’s experiential education activities:
    • Describe the experiential activity and its educational objectives.
    • Discuss how these objectives had been accomplished prior to implementing the activity.
    • Discuss student reception of the experiential activity.
    • Evaluate the success of the experiential activity and discuss whether the educational objectives were achieved; cite evidence of success, such as pre-and post-test scores, student evaluations about the experiential activity itself, reflection papers, or other concrete measure of the impact of the innovation. These measures need to be linked to the experiential activity and not the course.
    • Discuss the activity's benefits and limitations with specific attention to how you would modify the activity in the future (e.g., what you learned or how this will inform your future efforts).
    • Discuss whether the innovation lends itself to a conference presentation or journal publication
  3. Relevant course syllabi (a maximum of two) and supporting materials, such as class handouts.

Selection Process

  • The selection committee composed of previous recipients of the award will make the selection.
  • Nominations will be assessed based on the committee’s scoring rubric, to be completed by all committee members participating in the selection of the award recipient.
  • The award is based on originality and impact on students, courses/programs, and community. In order to receive the award, a nominee must receive an average rubric score of 10 points or better. If no nominee receives this score, then no award will be given that year. Assuming more than one nominee receives this score, the nominee with the highest average rubric score will receive the award.
  • Questions about eligibility, the application process, or the selection process, should be directed to Anne Koenig (akoenig@sandiego.edu), x 7402.

Previous Award Recipients

2015-2016 Academic Year

  • Mike Lawless, PhD - Clinical Professor of Management, Academic Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives

2014-2015 Academic Year

2013-2014 Academic Year

2012-2013 Academic Year