Innovation in Teaching Award

This annual award recognizes innovation and creativity in best teaching practices by a Nursing Educator in Georgia.  The award will recognize teaching effectiveness in planning, designing and implementing instruction and assessment to improve student learning. It also may involve use of a new instruction technology or the use of traditional technology in new and creative ways. This award is also designed to encourage the dissemination of these approaches to colleagues across disciplines.


The annual awardee meets or exceeds the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates significant innovation in teaching
  • Actively promotes and implements aspects of innovation in teaching
  • Acts as a role model for creating and sustaining a culture of creativity
  • Motivates students to learn and stimulate interest in the subject
  • The awardee may demonstrate innovations that have:
  • Influenced the methods and teaching effectiveness of other faculty
  • Utilized best practice and/or unique use of technology in teaching


  • Nominees must be a current Nurse Educator in Georgia.
  • Nominees may include faculty of lecturer, assistant, associate, or full professor status.
  • Nominees must hold a minimum of a Masters Degree

Nomination Portfolio

All applications should include:

  • One letter of reference/endorsement from a colleague, former or current student (academic or clinical), administrator or supervisor, which supports the award criteria and contributions cited.
  • A statement that includes: (maximum two pages, double spaced)
    • A description of the specific teaching innovation
    • Information about the origin of the innovative idea
    • How it has benefited students

Selection Process

  • Please include Innovation in Teaching Award in the subject heading and email all nomination letters toAmanda Reichert at
  • Please review Recipient Expectations prior to considering a nominee for this award.

Recipient Expectations

The recipient of the GANE Teaching Effectiveness Award will

  • If able, present their teaching innovation ideas at the following annual GANE convention.
  • Be willing to serve the following year on the GANE Scholarship and Awards Committee


The Teaching Effectiveness Award was created by the GANE Scholarship and Awards Committee 2015 to support the recognition of excellence in teaching and to encourage novel approaches to best teaching practices.