Signature Experience Teaching Award

The Signature Experience Teaching 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.

The application process will begin on March 1, 2020

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Funding will be available for use July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. If you are looking for Summer 2020 funding, please make a note of this on your application.

Award: $1,000 Professional Development Funds


Full-time faculty members from any GSU campus

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:

1. A curriculum vitae

2. A syllabus for relevant Signature Experience course(s)

3. A summary of the experiential learning experiences offered through a course (no more than 3 pages), including, wherever relevant:

  • Description of innovative approaches to experiential learning experiences used within the course(s)
  • Evidence of how experiences connected to course material, provided real-world examples, or prepared students for future jobs and careers
  • Explanation of how experiential learning or similar philosophies was used to engage students
  • Description and details about final project requirement(s) including context in how your course addresses relevant competencies highlighted by the College-To-Career initiative at GSU (see skill-builder tool for guidance)
  • Samples of developed teaching materials, assignments, photos, students’ submitted projects, reflections and/or analysis of their experiential learning experiences, etc.
  • Sample student evaluations of the instructor or other forms of student feedback
  • A Portfolium faculty profile highlighting student work and/or examples of student Portfolium profiles featuring their work from your course(s)

Please submit all the required documentation to by the deadline. Please use subject line: Last name, first initial – award application (For example: Visaggi, C – award application).

Contact information for faculty and students who could support the award nomination might be requested at a later date.