Awards and Grants

The work you are doing deserves to be recognized, which is why we support several grants, awards, and initiatives to do just that. Receive a grant to continue instructional creativity, an award for your innovative teaching methods, and the recognition you deserve for going over and above in the classroom.

Excellence in Teaching Award

Faculty recipients for The Excellence in Teaching award are nominated by students. The top 10 nominations become finalists.  Each of the finalists are then invited to submit a proposal on making an existing course more innovative with an emphasis on improved student engagement. The Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee then convenes to review the Enhanced Course proposals, interview each of the finalists, discuss the nominees, and vote on the final three awardees. This committee consists of three students and four faculty members.  

The Excellence in Teaching award provides each recipient with a plaque, recognition at the Fall Faculty Meeting, a professional development stipend, access to a course enhancement team, and a stipend for participating in a paid lecture series.

Creative Teaching Grants

Online and Strategic Learning provides administrative support for the Creative Teaching Grants, a program that promotes instructional creativity and experimentation. The University Creative Teaching Committee administers the award and chooses awardees.

Visit the Creative Teaching Grant page for the current Creative Teaching Grant Manual and a list of recent winners.

The Rawlings Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award

The Rawlings outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award recognizes outstanding online teaching at Ball State University. It is named in honor of former Dean Joseph S. Rawlings who dedicated himself to serving off-campus students through distance education courses and programs for more than twenty years. 

The award is to honor faculty members who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, and dedication in online teaching as evidenced by things such as student comments, peer evaluations, and other course feedback.

Award Guidelines and Application (DOC)

Contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for more information concerning this award.