Signature Experience Award

The Signature Experience Award recognizes outstanding faculty members who lead undergraduate courses that include experiential learning components through non-traditional course experiences, such as real-world, hands-on exercises or projects that aim to increase content knowledge, promote critical thinking, apply concepts to new problems, and/or develop demonstrable and transferable career skills.

Signature Experiences are courses in which “learning comes alive and students are encouraged to be active in their own education.” In these courses, students apply class content to a real-world sustained experience that they do not typically encounter in the standard classroom. Students produce a final project or presentation that reflects on their experiences and the learning achieved.

Deadline: March 2020

Award: $1,000 Professional Development Funds


Full-time faculty members who have been at the university for at least two years.

Selection Criteria:

Selection of winners of this award will be based on descriptions of the innovative approaches used to provide experiential learning opportunities in Georgia State Signature Experience courses. Faculty should show how they use experiential learning or similar philosophies to engage students in course content, to provide real-world examples and/or to prepare students for future jobs and careers. Faculty must detail the final project requirements, provide sample project outcomes, and report student evaluations of instructor or other means of course assessment. Applicability of the chosen approach as a model for other courses in other areas or disciplines will be considered.

Required Documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A summary of the experiential learning experiences offered through a course (up to 3 pages), including:
    • Description of innovative approaches to experiential learning experiences used within the course
    • Evidence of how experiences connected to course material, provided real-world examples, or prepared students for future jobs and careers
    • Evidence of how experiential learning or similar philosophies was used to engage students
    • Description and details about final project requirement
  • Sample syllabi for relevant Signature Experience courses
  • Samples of students’ final project, reflection and/or analysis of their experiential learning experiences. Can also include samples of developed teaching materials, photos, etc. Portfolium links welcome.
  • Sample reports of student evaluations of instructor or other forms of assessment
  • Please submit name, address and email address of two references who can speak toward your work with experiential learning. The Office of Special Programs will solicit letters of reference as needed.

Please submit all the required documentation and reference information to by the deadline. Please use subject line: Last name, first initial – award application (For example: Doe, J – award application). If you have issues sending all materials in one email, you may want to consider using Send a File.

For any questions, please contact the Special Programs Coordinator.

Special Programs
Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success
75 Piedmont Ave NE, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30303