AWARDS
Each year NUTN’s global awards program recognizes significant contributions, innovation and leadership by individuals and organizations. These much sought after awards are given to those advancing applications of technology to teaching and learning in higher education and include areas of Research, Distance Education Innovation, Synchronous Distance Learning, Service to the Field, and Student Recognition. Awardees are selected by review panels in response to an annual call for nominations, including self-nominations. In addition, awards nominated by NUTN members are given for Institutional Achievement and Leadership in NUTN. The highest individual honor given by the NUTN Advisory Board is the Distinguished Service Award, given to an individual or group of individuals of national prominence, who may come from other fields of endeavor and whose work has significantly contributed to our dynamic field. All awards are presented at NUTN’s annual event.
BEST RESEARCH PAPER AWARD
This award recognizes the contribution of an individual or group to the collective understanding of the principles, practices and approaches that lead to improvement of the field of technology in education.
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
Melissa Layne, Phil Ice, & Liz Wallace,
American Public University System (APUS)
"Measuring Students Perception of Teaching Presence in an Online Environment"

Finalist:
Diane Reddy, Ray Fleming, Laura Pedrick, Danielle Jirovec, Heidi Pfeiffer, Katie Ports, Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, Alicia Helion, & Rodney Swain
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
"U-Pace Instruction: Improving Student Success"
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
Dr. Constance Wanstreet & David S. Stein,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
"Presence Over Time in Synchronous Communities of Inquiry"

Honorable Mention
:
James A. Wallis, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL:
"A Phenomenological, Evaluative Approach to Developing Ecology Virtual Field Trips for Undergraduate, Non-Major College Students"
2011 (Fort Worth, TX)
Dr. Rebecca Van de Vord,
Washington State University,
"Distance Students and Online Research: Promoting Information Literacy Through Media Literacy"
2010 (Colorado Springs, CO)
Dr. M'hammed Abdous and Dr. Wu He,
Old Dominion University,
"Using Text Mining to Uncover Students' Technology-related Problems in Live Video Streaming"
2009 (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Gary Brown, Theron Desrosier, Nils Peterson, Meriem Chida & Randy Lagier,
Washington State University: The Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology
"Harvesting Feedback, Accountability & Community"
2008 (Park City, UT)
Gary Brown, Yoon Jung Cho, Ashley Atter-Kranov,
Washington State University
"Faculty Teaching Beliefs, ePortfolios, and Web 2.0 at the Crossroads"
2007 (Philadelphia, PA)
Joan Anderson, Gary Brown, Stephen Spaeth,
Washington State University
"Online Student Evaluations and Response Rates Reconsidered"
2006 (Minneapolis, MN)
Gail Derrick,
Regent University
"An Exploration of Attitudinal and Situational Factors Related to Intrinsic Motivation and Autonomy in Teacher Education Students"
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DISTANCE EDUCATION INNOVATION AWARD
This award recognizes an individual or group that has developed an innovative program or practice that contributes to the field of distance education, in the context of a new or ongoing program, student or support services, pedagogy, faculty development and support or technology.
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
NUTN Member Division:
Excelsior College
ESL WOW at Excelsior College:
"A Writing Online Workshop for ESL Writers"

Finalists:
Memorial University, Newfoundland & Labrador
The CONNECT Program

Michigan State University
AgShare: Creating Open Resources That Make a Difference

Lone Star College
Lone Star College Online
Open Academic Division:
WICHE
The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework

Finalists:
University of California - Irvine
UCI Open Chemistry

Northern Arizona University
Personalized Learning
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
NUTN Member Division:
Michigan State University,
E. Lansing, MI:
"MetroAgOPEN Online Course"
Penn State World Campus, Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA
"Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies to Build a Dynamic Community of Penn Staters Worldwide"

Honorable Mention:
Savannah College of Art and Design
, Atlanta, GA: 
"Online Course Design & Multimedia Components"

Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ: 
"CloudCre8 - Fluid Course Design"
Open Academic Division:
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI:
"U-Pace: Advancing the Practice of Distance Education"

Honorable Mention:
American Military University/American Public University,
Manassas, VA:
"American Public University System Library Guides: Doppler Shift Project"

Jogi Vedavati:
"By the Students - For the Students"

Northeastern University Online, Boston, MA: 
"Creating a Culture of Quality in Online Education"
Corporate Division:
Honorable Mention:
Hands-on Labs, Englewood, CO:
"LabPaq"
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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Each year, the NUTN Advisory Board selects one person to receive this highest award given. The honoree will be invited to be our luncheon speaker on the second day of our conference.

This award is sometimes described as the highest award the NUTN Board gives annually. From its inception in 1997, it is indeed a distinguished list:

2014 (San Antonio, TX)
Dr. Candace Marie Thille, Director, Open Learning Initiative
Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer,
Sloan Consortium, Southern Regional Education Board
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
Dr. Linda Thor, Chancellor, 
Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Los Altos Hills, CA
2011 (Fort Worth, TX)
Dr. Mark David Milliron, Deputy Director, Higher Education,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2010 (Colorado Springs, CO)
Dr. Dwight W. Allen, Eminent Scholar of Educational Reform,
Emeritus, Old Dominion University
2009 (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Elliott Masie, The Masie Center
2008 (Park City, UT)
Gary Miller, Penn State World Campus
2007 (Philadelphia, PA)
Chris Dede, Graduate School of Education/Futurist, Harvard University
2006 (Minneapolis, MN)
Diane Oblinger, Vice President, Educause
2005 (San Francisco, CA)
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
2004 (Kennebunkport, ME)
Dr. Carol Twigg, President and CEO, National Center for Academic Transformation
2003 (San Antonio, TX)
Steve Crow, Executive Director, The Higher Learning Commission
2002 (Washington, DC)
Mary Beth Peters, U.S. Registrar of Copyrights, Library of Congress
2001 (Denver, CO)
Lionel Baldwin, Founding President, National Technological University (NTU)
2000 (Toronto, ON)
Dr. Sally Johnstone, Executive Director, WCET
1999 (Seattle, WA)
Frank Mayadas, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
1998 (Newport, R.I.)
Larry Irving, Jr., Assistant Secretary,
U.S. Department of Commerce and Director,
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
1997 (Vail, CO)
Michael Leavitt, Governor of Utah contributions to Western Governors University
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J.O. GRANTHAM LEADERSHIP AWARD
The J. O. Grantham Leadership Award, named for the founder of NUTN, is given to a person who represents strong leadership in the field of distance learning and technology. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated strong leadership qualities in the NUTN organization and in the field of educational technologies as a whole. Nominations and vote of the NUTN membership determine the recipient of the award. Only NUTN members are eligible for this award.
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
Dr. Mel Muchnik
Professor Emeritus, Governors State University
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
Danella Soeka,
Hands-on Labs, Englewood, CO & Governors State University, Chicago, IL
2011 (Fort Worth, TX)
Dr. Dana Offerman
2010 (Colorado Springs, CO)
Gary Greenberg, Patrick Pow
2009 (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Kim Scalzo
2008 (Park City, UT)
Janis Hall
2007 (Philadelphia, PA)
Nancy Thompson
2006 (Minneapolis, MN)
Dick Hezel
2005 (San Francisco, CA)
Pam Quinn
2004 (Kennebunkport, ME)
Elizabeth Craft
2003 (San Antonio, TX)
Cynthia Elliot
2002 (Washington, D.C.)
Edie Barnett and Janis Hall
2001 (Denver, CO)
Monica Pilkey
2000 (Toronto, Canada)
Jeanne McGrath
1999 (Seattle, WA)
Ted Christensen
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NOFFLET WILLIAMS SERVICE AWARD
In 2001, the NUTN Advisory Board established the Nofflet Williams Service Award in honor of the contributions and memory of Dr. Nofflet Williams as a founding member. Dr. Williams provided service to hundreds of individuals in the area of distance education at the local, regional and national levels.

This award recognizes an individual who exhibits, over a sustained period and in a consistent manner, the commitment to providing service to those in the field. It signifies the individual is acknowledged to be a contributor, a mentor, a do-er, and a leader of national and international note. Since the central core of NUTN is to provide service in the exchange of experience, practice and theory to all in the organization in a free manner, the award is doubly significant.

The Nofflet Williams Service Award is presented on an annual basis (as appropriate) by the NUTN Board to an individual who is seen as providing an outstanding example of service to the organization and to others in our field. All professionals in the field are eligible for this award regardless of NUTN membership.
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
Dr. Karen Vignare
Associate Provost, Center for Innovation & Learning
University of Maryland University College
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
Julie Porosky Hamlin,
Quality Matters & Maryland Online, Annapolis, MD
2011 (Fort Worth, TX)
Dr. Chris Geith
2010 (Colorado Springs, CO)
Ann Marie Vaughan,  Press release
2009 (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Joeann Humbert and Frank Mayadas
2008 (Park City, UT)
Ted Christensen
2007 (Philadelphia, PA)
Steve Crow
2006 (Minneapolis, MN)
Monica Pilkey
2005
no award given
2004 (Kennebunkport, ME)
Pam Quinn
2003 (San Antonio, TX)
Mel Muchnik
2002 (Washington, D.C.)
Anne Raymond Savage
2001 (Denver, CO)
Jerry Hargis (first recipient)
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SHIRLEY DAVIS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BLENDED LEARNING
Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Blended Learning competition recognizes the work of individuals, organizations and institutions in providing blended learning (effectively integrating elements of synchronous and asynchronous modalities and/or at-a-distance blended with on campus) of a superior nature. Blended learning delivery may include the integration of video or audio conferencing, MOOCs, or other at-a-distance delivery into the on campus classroom experience. It also may include the innovative and effective use of synchronous technologies within the online, asynchronous classroom.
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
College of North Atlantic
Newfoundland, Labrador, & Qatar
"Blended Delivery of Apprenticeship Training: Brining Learners Together Through Technology"

Finalists:
Kansas State University
Dr. Linda Yarrow

Michigan State University
Equine Business Network
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
Penn State Video Learning Network,
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Honorable Mention:
"Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems,"
Division of Continuing Education, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

"Using Anchored Instruction and Game-Based Learning in a Cybersecurity Course,"
Florida State University at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
2011 (Fort Worth, TX)
The United States Coast Guard (PSSU Honolulu Learning Center, Barber’s Point Air Station) in partnership with the Wayland Baptist University campus in Aiea, Hawaii.

Honorable Mention:
Temple University and Catherine C. Schifter, Ph.D.,
"Introduction to Research Method and Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods"
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INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The NUTN Institution Achievement award recognizes an institutional member of the National University Technology Network (NUTN) for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and/or organizational administration (or administrative operations) that is exemplary, demonstrates leadership and commitment, and advances the field as an institutional model.
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
Virginia Tech
Virginia Polytechnic & State University
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
eduKan
Great Bend, KS

Honorable Mention:
Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
2011 (Fort Worth, TX)
R. Jan LeCroy Center, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, TX
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STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD

The NUTN Student Recognition Award recognizes students whose use of distance learning has been both exemplary and impactful in providing opportunities for personal or professional advancement.

Students for the NUTN Student Recognition award will be nominated by local or host institutions to the annual NUTN event (conference/summit). The nominating party should submit a brief synopsis of the student's distance learning experiences, and address the three criteria listed below. Selected students will be invited to attend the NUTN annual event with a complimentary registration to receive their recognition award.

Award Criteria:
  • Opportunity – The student seized the opportunity afforded by distance learning, to further academic, personal and/or professional goals.
  • Academic Achievement – The student has had a high degree of success as measured by academic achievement in distance learning courses and degree completion or advancement.
  • Professional or Personal Advancement – The student been able to further his or her own goals professionally and/or personally through distance learning in significant ways.
2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
Molly Frendo
Michigan State University
Educational Psychology & Educational Technology
Rebecca Anderson
College of North Atlantic
Business Administration & Human Resources Management
Adam Jennings
University of Maryland University College
Biotechnology
2012 (Kansas City, MO)
Brent Chyna,
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
Glori Hinck,
Boise State University, Boise, ID

Honorable Mention:
Sheryl Davis,
Savannah College of Art and Design
Deborah Kane,
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Alfred P. Orth,
U.S. Coast Guard Learning Center,
Honolulu, HI & St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL
2011 (Fort Worth, TX)
Andrew Bedley, Cedar Valley Community College
Leslie Sussan, The University of Maryland University College
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