Noel Faculty Awards Program

EKU offers eight annual faculty awards through the Noel Faculty Awards program, announced during Scholars Week held each year in April. Applications for all awards are due on February 1 each year.

Annual faculty awards:

  • High-Impact Practice Teaching Award (2 awards given each year)

  • Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award (2 awards given each year)

  • Faculty Leadership Award (1 award given each year)

  • Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award (2 awards given each year)

  • Faculty Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award (1 award given each year)

High-Impact Practice Teaching Award

This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who has implemented high-impact teaching practices. As defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), “the practices may include techniques and/or designs for teaching and learning that have proven to be beneficial for student engagement and successful learning among students from many backgrounds.” Many practices qualify under this category, and they generally share common traits such as: requiring considerable time and effort, facilitating learning outside of the classroom, requiring meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encouraging collaboration with diverse faculty and students, and providing frequent and substantive feedback (Kuh, 2008).

2 awards, $1,000 each

Kuh, G. D. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.


Nomination Process:

Nominations are open to any current tenure-track faculty, lecturers or instructors at EKU (excluding Deans, Associate Deans, or other faculty members in full-time administrative roles). Nominations may come from any member of the EKU community who has direct knowledge of the high-impact practice or a faculty member may self-nominate.

Nomination Materials:

Narrative: Each nominee should submit a 600-word (or less) narrative describing the high-impact practice. This narrative may include but is not limited to a discussion or overview of the practice, how the practice: 1) facilitates learning outside the classroom, 2) enables meaningful interactions between faculty and students, 3) encourages collaboration, and 4) improves student success.

Examples/Materials: Examples and materials used to implement/execute the high-impact practice must be submitted. Due to the variance of practices and disciplines, nominees are encouraged to submit a brief description with the examples/materials to provide additional context and aid in the evaluator’s understanding of the practice’s effectiveness.

Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from their department chairperson describing how this high impact practice enables student success in the department in addition to at least two (2) letters of support from students who can describe how the practice provides a positive impact on engagement, collaboration, and success from the student’s perspective.

Award Assessment:

Judging of this award will be:

  • The overall quality of the impact

  • The effectiveness on learning and/or impact on student success

  • The ability to facilitate learning outside the classroom

  • The ability to enable meaningful interactions between faculty and students

  • The ability to encourage collaboration

Decisions are made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty Innovators.

Apply for the High-Impact Practice Teaching Award

Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award

This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who is leading the way in teaching innovation. Teaching innovations may come from any aspect of instruction such as innovative methods, activities, new technologies, novel approaches, or the development of products used for teaching. The scope of the innovation may vary to include a unit of study, an assignment, or an activity.

2 awards, $1,000 each


Nomination Process:

Nominations are open to any current tenure-track faculty, lecturers, or instructors at EKU. Nominations may come from any member of the EKU community who has direct knowledge of the innovation or a faculty member may self-nominate.

Nomination Materials:

Narrative: Each nominee should submit a 600-word (or less) narrative describing the innovation. This narrative may include but is not limited to a discussion or overview of the innovation, how it is to be used in the existing curriculum, and how it is improves student success.

Samples: Examples and products from the innovation must be submitted. Because teaching innovation varies amongst the many fields of study, the faculty nominee is free to submit any relevant examples of the teaching innovation. A brief description of how these materials are used should be included.

Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from their department chairperson describing how this innovation departs from typical teaching practices in their field in addition to at least two (2) letters of support from students who can describe how this innovation provides a positive impact on engagement and success from the perspective of a student.

Award Assessment:

Judging of this award will be:

  • The overall quality of the innovation

  • The effectiveness on learning and/or impact on student success

  • The creativity or novelty of the innovation

  • The currency of the innovation, or to what degree the innovation can be determined to be cutting edge

Decisions are made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty Innovators.

Apply for the Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award

Faculty Leadership Award

This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who exhibits exemplary leadership at EKU. Leadership could be in the areas of service to the University but could also include leadership in Departments or Colleges. This award is not open to Chairs, Deans, or other administrators, or to faculty with more than half-time appointment in administrative duties.

1 award, $1,000


Nomination Process:

Applicants must be nominated by EKU faculty, students, staff, or administrators. Once the initial pool of nominations are received, the members of the Faculty Leadership Institute will then identify a smaller number of nominees that will be invited to apply for the award. The members of the Faculty Leadership Institute will select the winner of the award from the resulting pool of applications.

Submit a nomination

Nominations for the Faculty Leadership Award are due by November 30 of the nominating year. 

Nomination Materials:

Peer nomination form: EKU community members will complete a nomination form including their own identity and position, the identity of the nominee, the nominee’s position, and the reasons for the nominee to be considered for the award (600-word max).

Application materials:

Narrative: Each applicant should submit a 600-word (or less) narrative describing their leadership at EKU, focusing on the current or most recent academic year.

Leadership philosophy: Each applicant should also provide their leadership philosophy, not to exceed 600 words.

Award Assessment:

Judging of this award will be:

  • The overall impact of the leadership at the University

  • Quality and insight of the leadership philosophy

Decisions are made by the members of the Faculty Leadership Institute Advisory Board. Nominees invited to apply can submit their materials below. 

Apply for the Faculty Leadership Award 

Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award

This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who has demonstrated a strong record of promoting student motivation and engagement through culturally responsive teaching and assessment strategies. Accomplishments in advancing inclusive excellence can be demonstrated through increased student-centered pedagogical approaches including:

  • evidence of exemplary culturally responsive instructional practices (e.g., assignments, tools, resources used in the classroom, and/or syllabi modifications); and
  • student evaluations which measure motivation and engagement 

2 awards, $1,000 each


Nomination Process:

Nominations are open to any current tenure-track faculty, lecturers, or instructors at EKU. Nominations may come from any member of the EKU community who has direct knowledge of the applicant’s efforts to create student-centered, culturally responsive instructional practices. Also, a faculty member may self-nominate.

Nomination Materials:

Curriculum Vitae: Each nominee will submit an abbreviated CV highlighting their accomplishments in support of advancing inclusive excellence teaching and learning practices at EKU. Accomplishments should be supported with documentation or examples.

Workshops/Trainings: Each nominee will list the workshops and/or trainings they participated in to advance their inclusive excellence teaching practices.

Narrative: Each nominee will submit a 600-word (or less) narrative giving an overview their contributions and leadership in advancing student success.

Award Assessment:

Judging of this award will be based on the strength of the faculty member's contributions and commitment to inclusive excellence. Decisions are made by the Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award committee.

Apply for the Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award

Faculty Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award

This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who has demonstrated a strong record of accomplishments in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). This would include systematic investigation into teaching, learning, and other conditions that improve learning or other related outcomes. 

Accomplishments in advancing SoTL excellence can be demonstrated through increased student-centered pedagogical approaches including:

  • Systematic investigation regarding teaching, student learning and instructional conditions which promote learning, or similar pedagogic research.
  • Dissemination by published peer-reviewed scholarly work that leads to new knowledge in teaching and learning.
  • Strategies for new or innovative methods for determining the impact of teaching practices on student learning and/or knowledge retention.
  • Incorporation of student voices, from a culturally relevant perspective within design, collaboration, and dissemination in scholarship.
  • Adapting or enhancing SoTL strategies from the literature to further enhance student learning and/or knowledge retention.

Narrative: Each nominee will submit a 600-word (or less) narrative giving an overview of their SoTL scholarship and impact on the teaching and learning process.

Award Assessment:

  • Judging of this award will be based on the strength of the SoTL record and accomplishments. Decisions are made by a committee of active SoTL researchers.

1 award, $1,000


Nomination Process:

Nominations are open to any current tenure-track faculty, lecturers, or instructors at EKU. Nominations may come from any member of the EKU community who has direct knowledge of the SoTL accomplishments.  Also, a faculty member may self-nominate.

Nomination Materials:

Curriculum Vitae: Each nominee will submit an abbreviated CV highlighting their SoTL accomplishments with supporting documentation for each item.

Narrative: Each nominee will submit a 600-word (or less) narrative giving an overview of their SoTL scholarship and impact of the teaching and learning process.  

Award Assessment:

Judging of this award will be based on the strength of the SoTL record and accomplishments. Decisions are made by a committee of active SoTL researchers.

Apply for the Faculty Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award