The Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Chuck D. Dziuban Award Submission Information

The Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching recognizes one UCF faculty member who has recently taught an exemplary online (W) or video (V) course.

Award Eligibility

To be eligible, the criteria listed below in both Course Eligibility and Faculty Eligibility should be met. 

Course Eligibility

The course section on which the submission is based must meet all of the following criteria.  

  • One single “W” or “V” course taught in the last three years.
    • Please note that “V1” courses are ineligible.
  • The course on which the submission is based must have a High Quality designation
  • All supporting data should reflect on the teaching excellence demonstrated in the section on which the submission is based. 
  • The submission should detail the work of a single instructor of record. 
  • Limit one submission per faculty member. 

Please note: Starting in 2023, only concluded courses taught with a High Quality designation for a minimum of one semester will be accepted. In addition, a development course section may not be submitted.   

If you are not sure if your course is eligible for this award, please contact your Instructional Designer for assistance.

Faculty Eligibility:

  • Hold a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9- or 12-month full-time appointment (tenured, tenure-earning, or non-tenure- earning faculty member; all full-time faculty are eligible).
  • Not have received this same award within the previous three years. 
  • Be the original creator of the course content for the course on which the submission is based. 

For unique teaching situations, please reach out to Amy Sugar for assistance. 

Application Procedures

The faculty review committee will select the strongest evidence-based case for exemplary online teaching based upon application packets submitted. The Dziuban Award Packet Submission Review Rubric will guide the committee’s selection.

Application will be via Qualtrics form where you will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Course number and section of the “W” or “V” course with a High Quality designation
  2. Instructor narrative
    • The instructor narrative should describe how your online teaching methods are exemplary. Since this is a teaching award, be sure to include evidence that highlights your methods for exemplary online teaching. 
    • Additionally, the instructor narrative should reference the sources of supporting evidence/data listed below.
  3. Supporting evidence/data (can be submitted as documents or explanatory videos):
    • Student Engagement
    • Learning gains
    • Student Satisfaction

For additional information regarding sources of evidence, instructor narrative, and assembling a cohesive packet, please refer to the appropriate recorded sessions in the Dziuban Award Workshop Series.

Submission Options

Applicants are encouraged to use the Dziuban Award Packet Submission Review Rubric for a self-evaluation of their packet before submitting. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that applicants review the Dziuban Award workshop series to help prepare for an award submission.

Option 1: You may submit using the following document template to expedite your preparations:


Option 2: If it is impractical to include all evidence in a single document, please prepare and upload to the Qualtrics form one or more supporting files as appropriate for each of the following categories: student engagement, learning gains, and student satisfaction.


The Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching recipient will receive a $1,000 travel award transferred to the recipient’s academic department for the recipient’s use in professional conference participation. The recipient will be encouraged, but not required, to submit a conference proposal related to her/his online teaching.

The Dziuban Award recipient will have the option to display a digital badge in the online course for which the submission is based and will be invited to share their award-winning course in a short, Center for Distributed Learning-produced video.

All Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome.

About Chuck

Chuck Dziuban is Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he has been a faculty member since 1970 teaching research design and statistics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Learn More about Chuck

*Dates are tentative and are subject to update following decisions by the faculty review committee.