Project-Based Learning Award
Project-based learning is a flexible teaching strategy that supports faculty working to scaffold students through appropriate expectations for their level of development, interests, and goals. PBL can take many forms, but ultimately students are engaged in the exploration of authentic problems as a method of both learning and applying content knowledge to meet course outcomes. This award is designed to recognize faculty, or teams of faculty, who have incorporated project-based learning pedagogy into or across their courses, demonstrating a positive impact on student learning. Recognizing that the approach to projects may look different across different domains (e.g., engineering, music, chemistry, forestry, philosophy), the award criteria remain sensitive to these variations, and faculty members from all domains are encouraged to submit nominations.
The Project-Based Learning Award is given to one individual implementing project-based learning at the course level OR a faculty team implementing across courses. This award is given every three years. The next call for nominations will be for the 2024 Project-Based Learning Award.
Award recipients receive a $500 award, a plaque, and up to $2,000 to cover travel and/or registration at one conference to present their project-based learning work. (*If this is awarded to a faculty team, the award will be divided equally among team members.)
To be eligible for the Project-Based Learning Award, nominees must 1) be a full-time or part-time faculty member at Virginia Tech, 2) have teaching as one of their primary responsibilities, and 3) present work based on their own teaching.
Submission Form: The submission form requires 1) the nominator’s name, department, and email address (self-nominations are welcome) and 2) the nominee's name, department, college, rank, years at Virginia Tech, area of expertise, and email address.
Nomination Packet: The nomination packet must be uploaded to the online submission form, be a single PDF file, and include the items below to meet the award criteria.
- A statement of the nominee's project-based learning approach, guiding student outcomes, motivation for adopting a PBL approach, evidence of student learning, and any broader impact beyond the nominee’s classroom (2 pages max.)
- A statement of the nominee’s teaching philosophy, highlighting the integration of a project-based learning pedagogy (2 pages max.)
- Supporting materials, which may include a collection of student work, course artifacts, media coverage of student experience, statement of support from a project support partner or client, and/or published scholarship recognized in the discipline (2 items max.)