Nancy Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award
• Teaching module must be suitable for delivery in undergraduate curricula.
• Submitted module must have been delivered within one year of submission.
• There is a limit of one submission per institution.
• Multiple authors are allowed, though all authors must be ITAA member(s). Submissions will be accepted from instructors working on their own as well as from faculty members who have worked together to develop teaching modules. Additionally, graduate students may submit teaching modules that have been developed as projects for graduate seminars or teaching methods courses.
• Winners must agree to present their modules at the ITAA Annual Conference and submit materials to the ITAA Teaching Resources website.
2020 Theme: Incorporating Experiential Learning into the Textile and Apparel Classroom
• Audience: Appropriateness of teaching materials to the audience.
• Innovativeness: Originality of the materials and approach.
• Effectiveness: Learning objectives are clearly articulated and results are measured and reported.
• Presentation Quality: Clarity, detail, and completeness of teaching materials and activities.
Only ITAA members may submit teaching materials to the Rutherford Teaching Challenge competition. Materials must have been developed for and delivered in textile and apparel courses at a post-secondary institution. Submissions may not have been previously published elsewhere. Author(s) must be the developer(s) of the submitted materials. Materials should be submitted to Kim Hiller Connell, Vice President of Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) according to the submission guidelines below. Submissions will be double-blind reviewed under the supervision of the chair of the Teaching Innovation and Resources Committee.
All submissions must be in PDF format. Prepare two files, as follows:
File 1 - Title page with submission title, author name(s), institutional affiliation, program, keywords and contact information. Name this file following this format: Author Last Name_Teaching Innovation_File1.
• Title page which includes title of the submission and keywords ONLY.
• Abstract (maximum 150 words)
• Project description, including: o An introduction explaining:
course(s) for which this activity is appropriate and where course(s) fits in the curriculum.
instructor and students’ knowledge/skills required to complete activity.
recommended format (in-class or homework activity, individual or group-based, online activity, etc.) o
• Detailed description of the activity including:
clear explanation of integration of how the teaching challenge theme is integrated into the activity
learning objectives, direct and indirect assessment tools
directions and resources needed to complete the activity
• Conclusion explaining:
number of times the activity has been delivered the course
changes that have been made to the activity (if any) and rationale
assessment of learning outcome(s) results. Students’ quotes or reflections about the activity are recommended.
recommendations/advantages/disadvantages of using this activity
Note: File 2 materials must not contain any information that identifies the author(s).