Learning Community Awards

Contact: Kyle Holtman, holtman@iastate.edu

The Learning Communities Advisory Committee is pleased to announce several awards for exemplary contributions to Iowa State University Learning Communities. We are now accepting nominations for this year’s awards, which will be announced at the Iowa State University Learning Communities Institute on May 13, 2019. Please share this information with others who may be interested in submitting award nominations. Self-nominations or nominations by others are welcome. 

INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM AWARD

Outstanding Innovations Award

This award will honor members of the Iowa State community who have made new and creative contributions to learning communities. The primary criterion for the award is innovation; i.e., the introduction of new developments that have extended the horizons of learning communities at Iowa State and enhanced learning for our students. Areas of innovation might include novel curricular plans, effective cross-disciplinary collaborations, creative integration of students’ social and intellectual lives, imaginative responses to student needs, effective coordination of multiple facets of the learning community experience, or any other contribution that has extended the boundaries of learning communities at Iowa State.

Nominees for the Outstanding Innovation Award may include individuals, specific partners in a learning community, or the entire staff of a learning community. Nominations should consist of a one to two page letter and any relevant supporting materials.  Please limit the application packet in no more than 5 pages. Supporting materials can include course syllabi, promotional materials, summaries of student evaluations, student or colleague commendations, and/or any other evidence that supports the nomination.

Learning Community Scholarship Award

This award will honor an individual or a research team that has significantly contributed to the scholarship of learning communities. Scholarship may include publications that are technical papers, conference proceedings, journal articles, capstones, theses, or dissertations that have been published, accepted for publication, or submitted and in review during the past two years (2015 to present).  Awards will be presented to both faculty/staff and graduate students.  Nominations should consist of a one page letter about the nominee(s) and a copy of the scholarly manuscript.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination

This award will recognize an individual ISU faculty or staff who has demonstrated outstanding performance in learning community coordination early in their professional careers. Eligibility: ISU faculty or staff who have a minimum of two years and not more than five years of work as a learning community coordinator at Iowa State University.  Recipients must be working with learning communities at the time of the award ceremony in May.  A learning community coordinator may receive this award only once. Nominations should consist of a one page letter. Self-nominations will be accepted.                   

Learning Community Champion Award

This award will honor an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of learning communities at Iowa State University. Nominations should consist of a one page letter.

Learning Community Collaborator Award

This award will honor an individual in the Iowa State community who has demonstrated the spirit of learning communities through collaboration. Nominations should consist of a one page letter.

DEPARTMENT OR OFFICE AWARD

Learning Community Partner Award

This award will honor an individual department or office that has partnered with and supported learning community initiatives at Iowa State University. Nominations should consist of a one page letter.

Please send nomination materials to: Kyle Holtman, holtman@iastate.edu by March 29, 2019

We hope you will take the time to honor contributions to learning communities at Iowa State!