This award recognizes a faculty member who excels in facilitating an online learning experience that supports high-quality student-to-student and faculty-to-student interaction, increases social rapport among students and requires students to work together to achieve learning outcomes. Evidence of excellence might include examples of threaded discussions, types of assignments and assessments, instructor strategies to create a presence in the class, and instructor feedback on student assignments and questions. Awards will be presented at the annual Celebration of Teaching Conference. Recipients will be notified 5-10 days prior to the Celebration of Teaching.

Award: $500

Award applied to professional development activities including conference or webinar registration, books, resources, etc. As a recipient, you will be invited to participate in a campus conference or presentation so that your work may be shared with the campus community.


Any faculty member with a primary teaching appointment is eligible, including tenure track, nonregular, and clinical faculty. Only classes supported by Mizzou Online are eligible.


Anyone affiliated with MU is eligible to nominate individuals for this award. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Teaching (1 award)
  • Graduate and Professional Teaching (1 award)

Nominations should take the form of a letter that:

  1. Addresses how the individual facilitates meaningful student-to-student and faculty-to-student interaction,
  2. Cites specific examples of assignments that require students to work together to achieve learning outcomes, and
  3. Describes why the individual should receive the award.

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2018. Courses delivered in any of these terms (Spring 2017, Summer 2017 or Fall 2017) are eligible.

Review process

Members of Mizzou Onlineā€™s Advisory Council will review all nomination materials and select the award recipients. Nominees may be asked to allow the reviewers access to their online course site.

Excellence in Online Class Facilitation Award nomination form