William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning

Evolution of the CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series

Until 2017, the Fredrick D. Williams Award for Teaching Innovation was given to a single instructor who was bringing new technologies or teaching methods to campus.   With the implementation of Canvas and the push for blended learning, the award was discontinued mostly because there was so much innovation happening in so many places, it would have been extremely difficult—and maybe inappropriate—to single anyone out.

Lecture hall full of professors

At the same time, academic leadership continued to recognize that eligibility for our main teaching awards (selection to the Academy of Teaching Excellence) tended to be driven mostly by student feedback—which is great. But other instructional contributions, by their nature, were unlikely to be rewarded through that process. The goal was to recognize not only instructors who were trying something really new, but also teachers in large classes (where student evaluations are known to be lower), and those that did the behind-the-scenes work of curriculum innovation and assessment.

During spring 2017, academic deans were asked to begin recognizing instructors making contributions in these areas as part of the Deans’ Teaching Showcase, effectively nominating them for these instructional awards. CTL and Provost’s office members along with previous awardees then select one individual in each category from a pool composed of the Showcase and those nominated to the Academy of Teaching Excellence. These individuals are asked to make a 30-45 minute presentation, sharing the work they are doing that has drawn this recognition. Following each presentation, each is formally recognized and subsequently receives additional compensation.

CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series


Innovative or Out of Class Teaching Award

Thursday February 18, 2021 / 3:30–4:30 p.m.


Libby Meyer

Senior Lecturer

Visual and Performing Arts


Leo Ureel

Assistant Professor

Computer Science



Curriculum Development and Assessment Award

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 / 3:30–4:30 p.m.


Katrina Black

Senior Lecturer



Large Class Teaching Award


 Tuesday, March 30, 2021 3:30–4:30 p.m.


Kette Thomas

Associate Professor

Diverse Literature in Humanities


Past Recipients


Curriculum Development and Assessment Award

Innovative or Out of Class Teaching Award

Large Class Teaching Award

2019 John Jaszczak, Tim Schulz Lisa Gordillo Paul Charlesworth
2018 John Irwin Cécile Piret Roman Sidortsov
2017 Tara Bal Don Lafreniere Glen Archer