The Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science

Cognella and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) have partnered to recognize outstanding Family Science teachers through the creation of the Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science.

We’re looking for those teaching in higher education who go above and beyond to introduce cutting-edge teaching practices to their courses that better engage students and advance scholarship in the discipline.

The first-place winner of the award will receive $1,000 cash, and the second-place winner will receive a $500 Cognella book credit. The prizes will be awarded at the NCFR Annual Conference, November 7 – 10, 2018, in San Diego, California.

Cognella and NCFR are now accepting entries and nominations for this award. Click HERE to download the application. Submit the application, and all supporting materials, in full to award@cognella.com by August 31, 2018.

Review the eligibility details and application process below, then submit your work or nominate a peer who’s making a difference through innovative teaching practices in Family Science.

If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact the award team at award@cognella.com.

  • Applicants and nominees must have taught at least three Family Science or Family Life Education courses during the 12 months immediately leading up to the award submission deadline (August 31, 2018).
  • Applicants and nominees must be current NCFR members.
  • Applicants and nominees must demonstrate innovative teaching practices within the discipline.
  • Applicants and nominees must hold a doctoral degree in their respective discipline.

The awardees of the Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science must meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates significant innovation in teaching:
    • Diversity issues
    • Ethics and values
    • Family stress and crisis
    • Family Life Education
    • Parenting
    • Sociology and the family
  • Actively promotes and implements innovation teaching practices
  • Acts as a role model for creating and sustaining a culture of creativity
  • Motivates students to learn and stimulates interest in the subject
  • Demonstrates innovations that have influenced the methods and teaching effectiveness of other faculty
  • Utilizes best practices and/or unique use of technology in teaching

A panel of individuals will evaluate all applications in accordance with the award criteria. The panel will include experts in the Family Science discipline, Cognella authors, and members of the Cognella Editorial Team.

Applicants may submit their own work or be nominated by others.

All applications must include:

  • A complete award application form (download the form HERE)
  • One letter of reference from each of the following:
    • A colleague
    • A former or current student
    • An administrator or supervisor
      • Each letter must reflect the stated criteria for consideration, including relevant examples of innovative teaching practices exercised by the nominee.
  • A personal statement that includes:
    • A description of specific teaching innovations employed by the nominee
    • Background information about the origin of the innovative idea
    • Examples of how the innovative practices have benefited students
      • This statement should not exceed two pages, double-spaced – approximately 1,000 words.
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae for the nominee

Please submit all materials in full (a total of six (6) documents) to award@cognella.com by August 31, 2018.

All entries must be received, in full, by August 31, 2018. Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline and that all materials are received.

Please send all applications to award@cognella.com.

The first-place recipient will receive:

  • $1,000 cash
  • An award plaque
  • Public award announcements through Cognella and NCFR

The second-place recipient will receive:

  • $500 in Cognella book credit
  • An award plaque
  • Public award announcements through Cognella and NCFR

Award winners will be notified by October 15, 2018, and the awards will be presented at the NCFR Annual Conference, November 7 – 10, 2018, in San Diego, California.