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.
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 in-person at NUTN’s annual fall conference.
The NUTN Research and Scholarship Award recognizes an individual or multiple individuals who have engaged in significant new research with implications for the field of distance learning and the use of technology as a delivery mechanism in higher education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.