Awards

About the Awards

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2017

Each year, ADEIL presents a number of awards recognizing excellence in various aspects of distance education and independent learning. If you are a current (paid) ADEIL member, we invite you to consider nominating an outstanding staff member from your institution or colleague in the field, or perhaps submitting a course or research project. We would like to have a number of nominees and submissions to create a lively competition for each award.

The ADEIL College Level Course Award, the ADEIL High School Course Award and the ADEIL Research Award have specific time periods associated with them.

The ADEIL College Level Course Award and the ADEIL High School Course Award nominees should have opened for enrollments sometime during the 15 months prior to the nomination (July prior to the last academic year through September i.e., July 2016 through September 2017). Research Award nominees should be completed and published during the academic year preceding the conference (September through August). The ADEIL Excellence in Support Service Award is new to ADEIL and differs from other awards in that it recognizes accomplishments for an individual’s work with several courses over time rather than individual courses.

Presentation of Awards:
Awards are presented at the annual ADEIL conference.

ADEIL College Level Course Award
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The ADEIL College Level Course Award honors the most outstanding college level credit course that opened during the previous year. The award recognizes the accomplishment of the instructor, author, primary editor and/or course developer who worked together to create an exemplary course. This includes any distance education or online learning course that may be online or print-based using a study guide.

The ADEIL Awards Committee will arrive at a consensus based on its assessment of the relative scholarly and instructional qualities of the entries. The committee will evaluate the overall design, content, learning activities, and assessments for each entry.
Eligibility

Eligible courses include newly developed distance education course that opened for enrollments sometime during the previous academic year. The time period for the course opening will actually be 15 months, i.e., July 2015 through September 2016. If a previously submitted course was rewritten or revised it may be resubmitted for consideration.
Application Procedure

The nomination letter should highlight the features of the course and tell why it should be considered for the award. The letter should also include the names of the key individuals who helped develop the course (e.g., instructor, author, primary editor and/or course developer, etc.).

If you would like to have any materials returned, please also enclose a self-addressed postage paid return envelope. NOTE: Please do not send textbooks.

The award nomination should include the following:
• nomination letter,
• course materials with relevant ancillary materials, and
• study guide or online link with access information (URL, user name and password).
*NOTE: If emailing the nomination letter and access information, please add “ADEIL College Level Award Submission” in the subject field. Also, when nominating an online course, make sure the password will be active for at least 8 weeks after the submission date.
Submission of Nominations

Nomination material should be submitted to each member of the Awards Committee, including the co-chairs of the committee. If emailing the nomination, please put the name of the award in the subject field. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by the due date to be considered. For more information about the awards contact the awards committee chair.

ADEIL High School Course Award
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The ADEIL High School Course Award honors an outstanding pre-collegiate level (K–12) course that opened during the previous year. The award recognizes the accomplishment of the instructor, author, primary editor and/or course developer who worked together to create an exemplary course. This includes any distance education or online learning course that may be online or print-based using a study guide.

The ADEIL Awards Committee will arrive at a consensus based on its assessment of the relative scholarly and instructional qualities of the entries. The committee will evaluate the overall design, content, learning activities, and assessments for each entry.
Eligibility

Eligible courses include newly developed distance education course that opened for enrollments sometime during the previous academic year. The time period for the course opening will actually be 15 months, i.e., July 2015 through September 2016. If a previously submitted course was rewritten or revised it may be resubmitted for consideration.
Application Procedure

The nomination letter should highlight the features of the course and tell why it should be considered for the award. The letter should also include the names of the key individuals who helped develop the course (e.g., instructor, author, primary editor and/or course developer, etc.).

If you would like to have any materials returned, please also enclose a self-addressed postage paid return envelope. NOTE: Please do not send textbooks.

The award nomination should include the following:
• nomination letter,
• course materials with relevant ancillary materials, and
• study guide or online link with access information (URL, user name and password).
*NOTE: If emailing the nomination letter and access information, please add “ADEIL High School Course Award Submission” in the subject field. Also, when nominating an online course, make sure the password will be active for at least 8 weeks after the submission date.
Submission of Nominations

Nomination material should be submitted to each member of the Awards Committee, including the co-chairs of the committee. If emailing the nomination, please put the name of the award in the subject field. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by the due date to be considered. For more information about the awards contact the awards committee chair.

ADEIL Excellence in Support Service Award (NEW 2016)
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The Excellence in Support Service Award is given to an individual who has contributed technologically to support his/her distance education/ independent learning unit, with possible implications for other institutions. The award recognizes the person’s outstanding contribution in course development, with resulting improvement in student services over time. This person’s outstanding work may include but is not limited to: setting up or improving a platform or template for course delivery; innovative use of materials and instructional strategies; developing innovative course design and structure, interactive elements, and other features that facilitate student learning in the distance education environment; and work with course instructors to help them create a content-rich course where students can be more successful.
Persons who may qualify for consideration are instructional designers or developers, information technologists, and IT functional support staff.

Note: The Excellence in Support Service Award differs from other ADEIL awards in that it recognizes accomplishments for an individual’s work with several courses over time, rather than an individual course.

The award nomination should include the following:
• nomination letter,
• documentation that reflects the range of innovations the individual incorporated into courses and the relevance of their contribution,
• the number or scope of courses the individual worked on during the course of a year, as well as,
• any additional information to support the nominee’s contributions to distance education/independent learning.
Submission of Nominations

Nomination material should be submitted to each member of the Awards Committee, including the co-chairs of the committee. If emailing the nomination, please put the name of the award in the subject field. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by the due date to be considered. For more information about the awards contact the awards committee chair.

ADEIL Research Award
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The ADEIL Research Award is for the purpose of promoting scholarship, innovation, and progress in the field. The award recognizes one or more individuals responsible for conducting an outstanding research project on any area directly related to distance learning.

The outcome of the research project should clearly enhance the profile and possibilities of distance learning, and may focus on theoretical or practical issues. The recipient of the award receives $500 from ADEIL. If there is more than one co-author, money is split accordingly.

The research project must have been published during the academic year which preceded the conference (September through August), but the research may have been conducted over more than that year. Research projects must be centered on an aspect of distance learning, including, but not limited to history, statistics, technology, innovations, personnel, student services, marketing, and pedagogical techniques.

The Awards Committee will judge the nominations on the basis of the scholarly qualities of the research and on the significance or magnitude of its contribution to the field of distance education and independent learning.

The research paper or report should be submitted in the form which is compatible with the type of research. For example, historical research should be submitted in article or book form. Most other papers will have, at minimum, an introduction, description of method, description of results, and discussion of results. Recommended length of the research paper or report is 10–25 pages, not including appendicular materials.

Any person, research team, or institution may nominate a research project for the award. The nominator, the researcher or at least one member of the research team should be an active member of ADEIL.

The award nomination should include the following:
• one-page abstract which highlights the research principles of the project, the manner in which the project was pursued, the conclusion(s) of the project, and a clear statement about how the research contributes to the field of distance education and independent learning,
• publication details (where published; if accepted for publication, when and where), and
• research paper or report (see details above).
Submission of Nominations

Nomination material should be submitted to each member of the Awards Committee, including the co-chairs of the committee. If emailing the nomination, please put the name of the award in the subject field. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by the due date to be considered. For more information about the awards contact the awards committee chair.

Awards Committee Chair

Kerry O’Donoghue
Instructional Designer and Training Specialist II
Division of Outreach, The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
Jackson Avenue Center
University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: 662.915.2353
kcodonog@olemiss.edu

Awards Committee Members

Donna Kasznel
Distance Learning Specialist
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270.745.4171
donna.kasznel@wku.edu

Kimberly Livengood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Angelo State University
Member, Texas Tech University System
ASU Station #10921
San Angelo, TX 76909-0921
Phone: 325.942.2647
kim.livengood@angelo.edu

Witt Salley, Ed.D.
Associate Provost of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Maryland University of Integrative Health
8228 Brushybridge Road, #1D
Laurel, MD 20724
wittsalley@outlook.com

Evan S. Smith, Ph.D.
State Regulations Compliance Coordinator
Mizzou Online
University of Missouri
136 Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-4200
Phone: 573.882.3717
smithev@missouri.edu

Past Recipients of ADEIL Awards

Each year, ADEIL selects award recipients who are distinguished for excellence in their contributions to the field of independent study. To the best of our knowledge, the past recipients of these awards and the first year each award was presented are identified below.

2016 Twenty Fourth Annual ADEIL Conference: Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Award Recipient Notes
ADEIL Research Award Dr. Mary Boyd, Dr. Beverly Baliko and Ms. Vera Polyakova-Norwood, “Using Debates to Teach Evidence-Based Practice in Large Online Courses,” University of South Carolina, College of Nursing
ADEIL College-level Course Award BUS 330: Principles of Marketing, Forbes School of Business at Ashford University
ADEIL High School Course Award Trig-041-T002, Trigonometry, Brigham Young University, Department of Independent Study
Excellence in Support Service Award Dr. Lydia Frass, University of South Carolina, Center for Teaching Excellence

2015 Twenty Third Annual ADEIL Conference:
University of South Carolina
Award Recipient Notes
Von V. Pittman
Excellence in Research Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Accountancy 2026: Accounting 1” Mizzou Online, University of Missouri
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study
“AP Calculus 061: AP Calculus AB Part 1” Brigham Young University, Department of Independent Study

2014 Twenty Second Annual ADEIL Conference:
Texas Tech University
Award Recipient Notes
Von V. Pittman
Excellence in Research Award Meg Milligan and H.P. Beck, Troy University, “Factors influencing the institutional commitment of online students”
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Psychology 3830: Health Psychology” Mizzou Online, University of Missouri
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study
“Cycle 41, Cycling Course” eBrigham Young University (BYU) Department of Independent Study

2013 Twenty First Annual ADEIL Conference:
Western Kentucky University
Award Recipient Notes
Von V. Pittman
Excellence in Research Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Physics 127, Descriptive Astronomy” Brigham Young University (BYU)
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “English IV, Second Semester” Mizzou K-12 Online, University of Missouri

2012 Twentieth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Colorado Mesa University
Award Recipient Notes
Von V. Pittman
Excellence in Research Award Kristi Smalley, University of Missouri High School
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “English 4610: History of the English Language” Mizzou Online, University of Missouri
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “Personalized Fitness” MU High School, University of Missouri

2011 Nineteenth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Colorado Mesa University
Award Recipient Notes
Von V. Pittman
Excellence in Research Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award Deb Ensrud, North Dakota Center for Distance Education
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Introduction to American Literature“ Mizzou Online, University of Missouri
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “Honors Chemistry, Part 1”, Brigham Young University

2010 Eighteenth Annual ADEIL Conference:
University of Mississippi
Award Recipient Notes
Von V. Pittman
Excellence in Research Award Gera Burton, “Opening the Great Gate at ‘The Palace of Learning’: Charles A. Wedemeyer’s Pioneering Role as Champion of the Independent Learner”, University of Missouri
ADEIL Course Developer Award Dr. Stephen Ebbs, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
ADEIL Student Services Award Sharon Walters, Southern Illinois University
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study ““History 302, The Italian Renaissance”, Brigham Young University:
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “Shakespeare”, University of Missouri High School

2009 Seventeenth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Troy University
Award Recipient Notes
Von V. Pittman
Excellence in Research Award Evan Smith and Terrie Nagel
“Finding a Niche Through an External Degree-Completion Program”
University of Missouri
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award Alicia Bixby, University of Missouri
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “GEOL 101: Introduction to Geology”
Author: Bart Kowallis
Instructional Technologist: Jessica Draper
Brigham Young University
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “HEN2091M: American Literature”
Author: Cindy Silovich
Instructional Designers: Shannon Dillman, Tammy Fitting
Editor: Elizabeth Ecker
North Dakota Center for Distance Education

2008 Sixteenth Annual Conference:
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award Yvette Wingfield,
University of Arizona
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award Dr. Susan Edgren, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Paul J. Edelson and Von Pittman
“Historical Perspectives on Distance Learning in the United States.”
Economics of Distance and Online Learning: Theory, Practice, and Research, William J. Bramble and Santosh Panda editors (Routledge, New York, 2008) pp. 72-87.
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Marketing 210
University of Nevada-Reno
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study Driver Education
MU High School
Author – Lynda Stubblefield
Editor – Lisa Royse

2007 Fifteenth Annual Conference
Weber State University
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award
ADEIL Student Services Award Jeff Gorges, University of Missouri
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study German 1100: Elementary German 1
University of Missouri
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study LIT 61: Science Fiction Literature
BYU

2006 Fourteenth Annual ADEIL Conference:
University of Mississippi
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award Deb Gearhart
ADEIL Course Developer Award Judy Montgomery
UNL
ADEIL Student Services Award Suevelyn Brewer, Texas Tech University
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Von Pittman
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Dr. Stewart Jay
“SPCI 502: Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security”
University of Washington Extension
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study Earth Science, Part I
Brigham Young University
Steven Park designer

2005 Thirteenth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Champaign, Illinois
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award John Robinson
Ohio University
ADEIL Student Services Award Susan Eykamp
Dakota State University
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Terrie Nagel
“Distance Education: The
Impact of Goal Orientation, Motivational Beliefs and Strategies, and
Course Satisfaction”
University of Missouri
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “WGST 2005: Topics in Women’s and Gender
Studies–Humanities
(Women in Popular Culture)”
University of Missouri-Columbia
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “LATIN II, Second Half Unit”
University of Missouri-Columbia

2004 Twelfth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Bellingham, Washington
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award
EdMap Course Developer Award Julie Moriarty
University of Missouri
ADEIL Student Services Award Vivian Cupples
Louisiana State University
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award Dwight Laws
Brigham Young University
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study “Grade Inflation in Distance Education: Fact or Fiction” Scott Howell et al.
Brigham Young University
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Rural Sociology 1000: Rural Sociology”
Center for Distance & Independent Study
University of Missouri
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “Chemistry I”
Brigham Young University

2003 Eleventh Annual ADEIL Conference:
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award Ron McCrory
Louisiana State University
EdMap Course Developer Award Edmara Cavalcanti Reid
University of Texas at Austin
ADEIL Student Services Award Terri Nagel
University of Missouri
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Von Pittman
University of Missouri
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Introduction to Business Law”
University of California at Berkeley Extension
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “Interactive Spanish I”
University of Missouri

2002 Tenth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Reno, Nevada
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award Irene Hesse, University of Minnesota
ADEIL Student Services Award Olga Garza, University of Texas
Dale Huffington
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Mystery Fiction”
University of California at Berkeley Extension
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “Twelfth-Grade English I”
Brigham Young University

2001 Ninth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Athens, Ohio
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award Mary Beth Almeda
University of California Extension
ADEIL Course Developer Award Ronald Malan, Brigham Young University
ADEIL Student Services Award Gail Hawkes, Louisiana State University
Leadership Award Richard Moffitt, Ohio University
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Evan S. Smith, University of Missouri
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study “Introduction to Statistics” University of California submitted by Kathleen Rose of UC Berkeley Extension
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study “Math 7 – Intermediate Algebra” Brigham Young University submitted by Marga Petersen of BYU Department of Independent Study

2000 Eighth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Austin, Texas
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award Judy Copeland-Ashcroft
(University of Texas at Austin)
ADEIL Course Developer Award Lance Millis
(Oklahoma State University)
ADEIL Student Services Award Ellen Wyllie
(University of Missouri)
Leadership Award Ronald McCrory
(Louisiana State University)
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Deb Gearhart
(Dakota State University)
“DSU Online: Program Assessmrent for an Online Program”
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Jennifer Burd, Forrest Miller,
and Cheryl Colehour for
Facilities Life Cycle 2: Design and Construction (University of Washington)
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study Karen McCallum and Maureen McBride
for Her Stories: Women’s Voices in American Literature
(University of Missouri)

1999 Seventh Annual ADEIL Conference:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award Kristi Kay Estes
(Texas Tech)
ADEIL Student Services Award Chrissi Guerrero
(University of Texas at Austin)
Leadership Award
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Susan J. S. Rogers
(formerly of Louisiana State University)
“Factors Influencing Student Attrition in College-level Independent Study Courses.”
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Dennis Griffin and Jennifer Burd for Construction Management (University of Washington)
Monty McMahon Award for Excellence
in Pre-Collegiate Independent Study Beverly Russell, Jed Friedrichson, and Lisa Benson for American Literature I: American Crossroads (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) inaugural year

1998 Sixth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Davenport, Iowa
Award Recipient Notes
Roger G. Young
Professional Achievement Award Joyce Nielsen
(Western Illinois University) award renamed this year
ADEIL Course Developer Award Jesse Lawson
(University of California Extension)
ADEIL Student Services Award
Leadership Award Gera Burton
(University of Missouri)
Specialty Books Award for Research in Independent Study Ron McCrory
(Louisiana State University) “Independent Study Profiles, 1996–1997.” inaugural year
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study L. McKay Rollins and Scott L. Howell for Health and Lifestyle Management
(Brigham Young University) first year of ADEIL sponsorship (formerly, UI sponsored)

1997 Fifth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Athens, Georgia
Award Recipient Notes
Professional Achievement Award
ADEIL Course Developer Award Thomas C. Hofheinz
(University of Texas at Austin)
ADEIL Student Services Award Karen King
(University of Texas at Austin)
Leadership Award Pamela B. Kleiber
(University of Georgia)
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Mary Ann Koory and Estelle Jelinek
for English XB17 Shakespeare
(University of California–Extension) awarded by
The University of Iowa

1996 Fourth Annual ADEIL Conference:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Award Recipient Notes
Professional Achievement Award Von Pittman
(University of Iowa)
ADEIL Course Developer Award Jo Frances Leecraft
(University of Texas at Austin) inaugural year
ADEIL Student Services Award Olga Garza
(University of Texas) inaugural year
Leadership Award Dale Huffington
(University of Missouri–Columbia) inaugural year
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Fran S. Osseo-Asare (Pennsylvania State University) and Robert T. Tauber (The Behrend College–Penn State Erie)
for Psychology of Discipline awarded by
The University
of Iowa

1995 Third Annual ADEIL Conference:
Estes Park, Colorado
Award Recipient Notes
Professional Achievement Award ?
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Randall Harrison and Jessie Lawson
for Critical Thinking
(University of California Extension–CMIL) awarded by
The University of Iowa

1994 Second Annual ADEIL Conference:
University Park, Pennsylvania
Award Recipient Notes
Professional Achievement Award ? inaugural year?
Helen Williams Award for Excellence in Collegiate Independent Study Ronald Rooney and Jeff Zuckerman
for Social Work with Involuntary Clients
(University of Minnnesota) awarded by
The University of Iowa