The Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

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

Chuck D. Dziuban Award Submission Information

The next submission period will take place in fall 2019.The faculty review committee is in the process of reviewing award criteria, submission processes, and the supporting workshop series.

Dates below are tentative, for candidate planning purposes, based upon the 2018 award process and are subject to update following decisions by the faculty review committee.

Award Eligibility

To align with upcoming State University System of Florida (SUS) quality assurance initiatives, to be eligible for consideration, each candidate must have a High Quality designation (or a High Quality course review underway) for the “W” course on which the submission is based. The course review is facilitated by a Center for Distributed Learning instructional designer. Faculty may look up their current instructional designer using the ID LookUp Tool.

Suggested Timeline and Deadlines

The Dziuban Award faculty review committee suggests the following timeline to faculty interested in submitting an award proposal for fall 2019. Please see eligibility criteria for additional requirements.

  1. Complete the Online Course Review Request Form to request a Quality Review of the course on which your submission will be based (recommended completion by summer 2019). If you have questions about the course review process, please contact your instructional designer (ID LookUp Tool).
  2. Once your course receives the Quality designation, request a High Quality Review no later than September 9, 2019.
  3. Attend or review the Dziuban Award workshop series to help you prepare for an award submission.
  4. Apply for the 2019 Dziuban Award. (Opens Monday, September 16 at 8:00 a.m.; closes Sunday, October 13, at 11:59 p.m.


Each candidate:

  • must be the original creator of the course content for the course on which the submission is based.
  • must have a High Quality underway for the “W” course on which the submission is based.  (Note: In 2020 and beyond, a High Quality designation will be a prerequisite for award consideration.)
  • must have taught at least one online (W) course within the previous three years.
  • must be on a 9- or 12-month full-time appointment (tenured, tenure-earning, or non-tenure-earning faculty member; all full-time faculty are eligible).
  • must not have received this same award within the previous three years.


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 form fields, please prepare for uploading a single document (Word document [*.doc] or Adobe Acrobat file [*.pdf]) containing each of the following:

  1. Instructor narrative
  2. Course number and section of “W” course with a High Quality designation
  3. Sources of supporting data/evidence selected by the candidate.
    (Note: If impractical to include all data in the application document, please see the below section on supporting evidence/data.)

You may choose to use the following document template to expedite your preparations: Application_Packet_Template.docx

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.

Launch Packet Submission Qualtrics Form
[Note: Form opens for submissions on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Sunday, October 13, at 11:59 p.m.]


The Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching winner will receive a $1,000 travel award transferred to the winner’s academic department for the winner’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. This award will be presented at the 2020 Spring Showcase session of IDL6543 next year.

The Dziuban Award winner 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