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.

The Fall 2021 submission period is closed.

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, concluded “W” or “V” course taught in the last three years.
    • Please note that “V1” courses are ineligible.
  • The concluded course should have been taught with a High Quality designation for a minimum of one semester.
  • All supporting data should reflect on the teaching excellence demonstrated in the section on which the submission is based. 
  • Submission should detail the work of a single instructor of record. 
  • Limit one submission per faculty member. 
  • 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 Kathleen Bastedo or 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. Applicants are encouraged to use this rubric for a self-evaluation of their packet before submitting.

Application will be via Qualtrics form. In addition to completing the Qualtrics form fields, please prepare for uploading a single document (Word document [*.doc] or Adobe Acrobat file [*.pdf]) containing each of the following:

  1. Course number and section of the “W” or “V” course with a High Quality designation
  2. Instructor narrative
  3. Supporting evidence/data:
    1. Student engagement
    2. Learning gains
    3. Student Satisfaction

You may choose to use the following document template to expedite your preparations: Application_Packet_Template.docx
Additionally, it is strongly recommended that applicants attend or review the Dziuban Award workshop series to help prepare for an award submission.

A note on supporting evidence/data
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 as outlined in the Dziuban Award Packet Submission Review Rubric. The instructor narrative should reference these sources of supporting evidence. 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.


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.