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National Engineering Technology Teaching Award

Purpose of the Award: The National Engineering Technology Teaching Award recognizes proven leaders for teaching in their chosen fields. The recipient of this award has demonstrated enhanced student learning experiences, which has enabled students to excel. This award recognizes individual achievement in innovative teaching in engineering technology and/or applied engineering education, contributions to the scholarship of teaching, and participation in and service to engineering technology education at the regional and national level. The National Engineering Technology Teaching Award was established to identify and recognize those who are among the nation's most influential educators in the study of applied engineering and/or engineering technology education. The goal is to award individuals whose insatiable love of teaching and learning has led them to strive above and beyond that which is expected of faculty to create learning environments that motivate students to reach outside their imagination and enable students to develop creative solutions to engineering problems in ways that make our world a better place. Moreover, the awardee’s actions are not to be limited to their classrooms; the awardee must actively and relentlessly share their accomplishments and successful teaching and learning strategies with colleagues in the engineering technology community. Further, it is expected that awardee will use the award opportunity to further develop, expand, and share the teaching strategies, experiments, and/or programs that drew the attention of the selection committee.

Description of the Award: The award will consist of a commemorative plaque and a cash honorarium of $1,000. The funding for this award will come from the endowment established by the Engineering Technology Division, the Engineering Technology Council, and the Journal of Engineering Technology.

Criteria and Qualifications: The award will be made to an individual who has demonstrated a high level of performance and commitment to excellence in creating learning environments that motivate students to imagine and develop creative solutions to engineering problems in ways that make our world a better place. Nominees must demonstrate extraordinary performance and commitment in at least two of the the following three areas:

1. Teaching:

  • Inspire a strong culture of innovative thinking
  • Develop and use innovative delivery techniques
  • Possess broad communications skills
  • Demonstrate technical excellence
  • Reinforce workforce accomplishment
  • Encourage a safety-focused environment
  • Support social and economic development

2. Scholarship of Teaching:

  • Course and curriculum development
  • Laboratory development
  • Publication and presentation
  • Sharing innovative teaching activity and experience

3. Participation and Service:

  • Engineering Technology Division, Engineering Technology Council, and/or Journal of Engineering Technology of ASEE
  • ASEE at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Professional and technical societies

Presentation of the Award: The award will be presented annually at the ASEE Annual Conference during the joint Engineering Technology Council and Engineering Technology Division awards banquet along with the James H. McGraw Award and the Frederick J. Berger Award. The award recipient must be present to accept the award.

Award Committee: The Engineering Technology Teaching Award Committee will be comprised of the immediate Past Chairs of the Engineering Technology Division and the Engineering Technology Council and the Past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology. In addition, there will be one representative from the Engineering Technology Division, the Engineering Technology Council, and the Journal of Engineering Technology appointed by the respective chairs or editor-in-chief. The Past Chair of the Engineering Technology Division will chair the award committee.

Nominations for the award: Nominations may be made by any person, organization, or group, except members of the National Engineering Technology Teaching Award Committee. Members of this award committee, in any capacity, are not eligible to make nominations or receive this award while they serve on the award committee. No individual shall receive the award more than once. Self nominations for this award are allowed. This award will follow the same timeframe process of the ASEE national awards. The National Engineering Technology Teaching Award is an ASEE annual national award.

Award Modification Policy: The award guideline or selection process may be suggested, changed, or adjusted by a majority vote of the current Chairs/Editor-in-Chief of the Engineering Technology Division, the Engineering Technology Council, and the Journal of Engineering Technology. The Chair that proposes change must obtain an email vote from all the other current Chairs in order to amend the award language.

 

Frederick J. Berger Award

Dr. Frederick J. Berger has been acclaimed for his many noteworthy contributions to engineering technology education, including his many years of service at City University of New York and as the long-time Executive Director and sponsor of Tau Alpha Pi. Tau Alpha Pi is the professional honor society for engineering technology that was founded in 1953 by Jesse DeFore at the Southern Technical Institute (now Kennesaw State University) in Marietta, Georgia. From the 1960's to the 1990's, Dr. Berger oversaw the dramatic growth of Tau Alpha Pi into a viable national honor society.

The purpose of the Frederick J. Berger Award is to recognize and encourage both programmatic and individual excellence in engineering technology education. It is presented to both the primary implementing individual and to the engineering technology school or department that have demonstrated leadership in curriculum, scholarly contributions, innovative techniques or administration in engineering technology education. The award jointly recognizes the individual and the activity, the individual and the program, the individual and the department or the individual and the school.

The Award: Established in 1990 by Dr. Frederick J. Berger, the award to the individual consists of a $500 honorarium and a bronze medallion, with representations of Professor Berger and of the Tau Alpha Pi logo inscribed. The academic department recognized receives a $500 honorarium and an inscribed plaque.

Qualifications: An individual must have made a significant impact on a qualifying engineering technology school or program by implementing one or more of the following criteria:

  • Exemplary and discernible contributions to engineering technology education and to the advancement of the professional status of engineering technology students.
  • Outstanding curricular development, evidence of superior subject matter competence by students, course development and updating and academic student advisement.
  • Scholarly contributions including improvement of engineering technology education through authoring textbooks, syllabi and computer applications; active membership in professional societies and participation in professional development activities.
  • Innovative techniques involving excellence in teaching and the ability to guide students to scholastic achievement, character growth and leadership potential. Innovative techniques involving laboratory updating, equipment acquisition and utilization, teaching models and aids as well as the integration of lab exercises with lecture presentations.
  • Administrative support for course development; placement assistance; acquiring quality buildings and facilities; linking with industry and selecting, retaining and developing outstanding faculty.

A qualifying institution must be an ASEE technical college member, and must have at least one associate or baccalaureate level program accredited by TAC/ABET. A qualifying department must be housed within a qualifying institution. The institution must also have an active Tau Alpha Pi chapter on campus.

Nomination: Nominations should be made by an engineering technology school or department in fulfillment of the qualifying criteria. Because it is the intent of the award to recognize the implementing individual, as well as the qualifying activities, a curriculum vita (maximum of two pages) for the person most associated with the activity must be included in the nomination packet. The nomination is to be signed by the dean (or the top administrator supervising the engineering technology program) indicating that they also will financially support the attendance of the recipient at the Engineering Technology Award Dinner and the ASEE Annual Awards banquet.

The nomination shall be submitted online at the ASEE National Award Nominations and shall not exceed six pages excluding the vita.

Renomination: No individual or department shall receive the award more than once, and no institution shall receive two awards within any five year period. An individual or department may be renominated. A nomination may be reactivated for up to two additional years after the initial submission upon written request from the appropriate official of the institution in which the department is housed or where the nominee was employed during the activities recognized by the award.

Past Award Winners

 


James H. McGraw Award

James H. McGraw was recognized as the dean of industrial publishers. He spent some 40 years in the publishing business, beginning as a teacher turned subscription salesman and going on to lay the foundation of one of the largest industrial publishing organizations in the world.

The purpose of the James H. McGraw Award is to recognize outstanding service in engineering technology education. It is presented to a faculty member, author, or administrator who is, or has been, affiliated with an institution that provides engineering technology education.

The Award: Established by the McGraw-Hill Book Company in 1950, the award is now cosponsored by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, the Engineering Technology Council, and the Engineering Technology Division of ASEE. The award consists of a $1,000 honorarium and a plaque.

Qualifications: This award recognizes contributions to engineering technology education. The following achievements are required:

  • Clearly discernible contributions to engineering technology education.
  • Outstanding achievement in one or more of the following activities specifically related to engineering technology education:
  1. Teaching: evidence of outstanding subject matter competence, student guidance and course development;
  2. Publications: textbooks, articles, reports, bulletins and tests;
  3. Administration: outstanding contributions to curriculum development, cooperation with industry, student selection and placement as well as buildings and facilities;
  4. Other activities: participation in engineering technology studies and surveys and leadership in local and national institute groups.

Eligibility: Nominations may be made by any person, organization or group other than members of the James H. McGraw Award Committee and the employees of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Members of the committee, in any capacity, and employees of McGraw-Hill Higher Education are not eligible to receive the award. No individual shall receive the award more than once.

Past Award Winners