This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has creatively utilized appropriate Internet-based technologies to teach online and/or blended courses in higher education.


The recipient must have designed and taught one or more online or blended courses with an imaginative approach, well-designed course materials and instructional strategies, and a demonstrated rapport with the course participants. The recipient must also document effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online and/or blended course(s).

Award Criteria:
  • Imaginative Approach: The nominee has implemented a creative approach to one or more emerging instructional challenges.
  • Quality of Course Materials and Instructional Strategies: The nominee has created well-designed course materials and utilized appropriate instructional strategies. These criteria may be exemplified by meeting Quality Matters standards
  • Learner Satisfaction: The nominee has demonstrated rapport with learners as well as other course participants.
  • Effective Learning Outcomes: The nominee has demonstrated effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online course(s).
  • Supporting Letters: The supporting letters address the qualifications of the nominee as an outstanding online teacher.


Any faculty member, department head/director, staff, or student may make a nomination for an individual. Self-nominations will also be accepted.  One PDF document with the appropriate required documentation must be sent to the Office of Extended Learning and Community Engagement, by the posted deadline to bhamel@nmu.edu.

Required Award Documentation:
  • Letter of nomination from peer, department head/director, staff, or student. Not required for self-nominations.
  • A general description of the online and/or blended course(s) taught, with an in-depth focus on one course.
  • A link to the course or photos of pages of the course. Please note if submitting a link to the course, written permission from the faculty teaching the course must be obtained for award reviewers to be given student-level access.
  • Descriptions of the online teaching approaches utilized as a teacher.
  • Up to three examples of well-designed course materials that embody effective teaching strategies. These criteria may be exemplified by meeting Quality Matters standards.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online course(s), such as student survey data, course evaluations, or learning outcomes documentation, and demonstrated rapport with learners and other course participants.
  • Three letters of support, including a letter from at least one student, one faculty colleague, and one administrator.


Completed nomination forms and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the announced deadline indicated on the nomination form to the Extended Learning and Community Engagement Office. Deadlines vary yearly and will be announced via campus-wide email. 


All nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Advisory Committee chaired by the Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement and composed of the Faculty and Staff of the ELCE Advisory Committee.


Recipients of the NMU Excellence in Online Teaching Award will be recognized at the Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. This award consists of a commemorative plaque and a check for $1000.


For further information, contact Brad Hamel in the Office of Extended Learning and Community Engagement at (906) 227-2589.

Past Award Recipients


2018-19Dr. Stacy Boyer-DavisCollege of Business
2019-20Dr. Abby Cameron-StanderfordSchool of Education, Leadership & Public Service
2020-21Sara PotterCommunication & Media Studies
2021-22Dr. Melissa RomeroSchool of Nursing
2022-23Dr. Jessica ThompsonCollege of Business
2023-24Christine LenzenSchool of Art & Design