2023 Provost Innovation in Teaching Award Nomination Process

Purpose: The Provost’s Innovation in Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member or faculty team who has used exceptional creativity in the use of innovative approaches to promote student-centered learning. This annual award will be based on the demonstrated success of the innovation(s), as well as evidence of impact on students, colleagues, and the potential for wider adoption. 

Eligibility: The award is open to all Main Campus full-time faculty in any discipline who teach undergraduate and/or graduate students in face-to-face courses as well as blended and online learning formats at Georgetown University. A wide variety of innovations will be considered. The innovations may have been used throughout a course, in special assignments, or in other learning activities. They may employ the innovative use of learning technologies and/or pedagogical methods.

Criteria: This award recognizes innovations in teaching, both specific innovations as well as sets of closely connected and/or integrated initiatives implemented at the same time. Innovation includes, but is not limited to the following examples: 

  • Creativity of teaching strategy and/or its implementation
  • Teaching strategies in which key components have the potential to be adopted within and/or across disciplines (i.e., how readily can this innovation be adopted by others? Are special materials or special equipment required?)
  • Effective methods for engaging students, with particular emphasis on practices developed and implemented during the pandemic that are transformative and transferable to post-pandemic instruction (in-person and online teaching)
  • Given Georgetown University’s tenet of cura personalis, class or program changes that support care of the whole student
  • Drawing on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to employ research-based methods to improve student engagement and understanding.
  • Demonstrated engagement for diverse students  

Nominations should clearly convey the following:

  • Clear statement of the initiative(s) and why the initiative was undertaken (i.e., the instructional challenges or opportunities being addressed by the innovation)
  • Demonstrated positive impact (i.e., clearly assessed by evidence) on student learning and/or engagement for diverse students, including (where appropriate) reference to research from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or research-based methods shown to improve student learning or engagement
  • How the innovation has been shared by the faculty member with others to date, or specific information about plans to share the innovation in the future (e.g., presentations, publication)


Nominations may be made by Deans, chairs, and unit heads to the Office of the Provost.

The nomination package should be no longer than three (3) pages, excluding the supporting materials and CV. The information should be submitted to the Provost’s Office via email to provost@georgetown.edu.

Selection Process: the Provost will appoint a selection committee, chaired by the Vice Provost for Education. After selection and University-wide recognition, the faculty member will present their innovation in teaching to the Georgetown University Community at a public event.  

Timeline: 2023 Nomination Cycle

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023