Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology

Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Criteria and Eligibility

Recognition and Award


Nomination and Submission Guidelines

Nomination form

Administrative Advisory Committee

Previous Recipients

The Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology is a teaching award created to honor the creative pedagogy of NC State’s faculty and their work in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies. The award was first awarded in Fall 2002 and named for Gertrude Cox, “The First Lady of Statistics,” who came to NC State in 1940 to establish the university’s distinguished Department of Statistics.

Criteria and Eligibility

  • Nominees should be current faculty or small groups of faculty who have worked together on a single project at NC State University
  • Nominations should be based on a project developed or refined in the previous academic year or earlier that has produced demonstrable evidence of advances in student learning for at least one academic year
  • Nominees from previous years who did not win the award may reapply with documented refinements of previously-submitted projects
  • There is a two-year waiting period from the year of receipt of the award to be eligible for nomination for a new project

Selection is by peer-reviewed faculty process, and nominations will be considered based on:

  • Data-driven evidence of impact on student learning, student motivation and student creativity through relatively objective measures such as tests, changes in pass rates or success rates in subsequent courses, or other means, and through relatively subjective measures such as student letters or testimonials in which students explain how their learning was enhanced or improved.
  • Data-driven evidence of the impact of pedagogical innovation on campus and/or beyond campus through letters of support from faculty colleagues in one’s department and beyond campus, if appropriate.
  • Evidence of high-quality design, where applicable. This may include incorporation of multiple media elements, originality in design, clarity of connection to the target curriculum, depth and breadth of project content, accessibility, usability, and aesthetics.
  • SCORING RUBRIC for Review Committee


Recognition and Award
One Gertrude Cox Award will be awarded per academic year.

The recipient of the Gertrude Cox Award will be asked to present at the Teaching and Learning Symposium hosted in early spring by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Office of Faculty Development.  Because the award is presented in April, the recipient will be invited to participate in the Teaching and Learning Symposium in the following year.

The award recipient will also be recognized at the Teaching Awards Luncheon in the spring and will be publicized in NC State media, and in the Spring Commencement program.

Nominations for completed projects that provide demonstrable evidence of enhanced student learning for one academic year for the academic year 2019–2020 or earlier will be accepted.
Nomination Submission Deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Nomination and Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Submit to: Judy Austin, awards and events coordinator at

Submission Materials:
– PDF files that comprise the nomination package should be submitted at the same time.
– Links to open source sites or Moodle sites.

Submission Options

  • Email attachments
  • Upload to Google Drive

Nomination Package Required Contents:

  • Completed Nomination Form. If applicable, include information for faculty who are co-nominees on the project
  • Current limited CV for the nominee and all co-nominees (limit 3 pages per individual CV)
  • Statement of the project’s impact on student learning outcomes for at least one academic year (limit 2 pages)
  • Statement on how the technology is used to support the pedagogical approaches to the course. (limit 2 pages)
  • Data-driven evidence of pedagogical innovation that advanced student learning, including objective and subjective student evidence as well as evidence from peers or external colleagues (as described above.)
  • Link to the course, project or body of work web presence (if this is a site which requires login, please contact Judy Austin at who will coordinate with DELTA to obtain anonymous login credentials for project reviewers)
  • Two letters from students supporting the project’s nomination and stating how the use of technology in the course improved or enhanced their learning (1 page per student letter)
  • Letter from an NC State faculty member supporting the project’s nomination and describing her/his assessment of its pedagogical impact. (limit 1 page)


Nomination Form
Please complete the nomination form and have it signed by your college’s Dean or designee and college award committee chair. All faculty co-nominee information should be included on the form.

Administrative Advisory Committee Composition

  • The Chair of the Faculty or one faculty senator, recommended by the Chair of the Faculty
  • One representative of Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) who has faculty status
  • Two previous faculty recipients of the Gertrude Cox Award
  • The Chair of the Standing Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching (EOT) or one member of the EOT, recommended by the EOT Chair
  • The President of the Graduation Student Association (GSA) or one GSA student representative recommended by the President of the GSA.  Student members must have a background that reflects an aptitude for educational technology.
  • The President of the Student Body or one undergraduate student government appointee recommended by the President of the Student Body, Student member must have a background that reflects an aptitude for educational technology
  • A representative from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.


The Gertrude Cox Award Administrative Advisory Committee will meet:
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 2-3 p.m. via Zoom