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 2018.The faculty review committee is in the process of revising award criteria and submission processes and is offering a new supporting workshop series.

Award Eligibility

To align with upcoming Florida State University System (SUS) quality assurance initiatives, to be eligible for consideration, each candidate must have a Quality designation and have a High Quality Review completed or in progress 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 2018. 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 2018). 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 10, 2018.
  3. Attend or review the Dziuban Award workshop series to help you prepare for an award submission.
  4. Apply for the 2018 Dziuban Award. (Opens September 10 at 8:00 a.m.; closes Sunday, September 23 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 Quality designation and have a High Quality Review completed or in progress for the “W” course on which the submission is based.  
  • 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 submitted for (or earning) a High Quality review
  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 10, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Sunday, September 23, 2018 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.)

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