The Sally M. Johnstone Award

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The Sally M. Johnstone award is named after WCET's founding executive director. Sally led WCET from 1989 to 2006, creating the basis for the organization which is the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. From WCET, Sally has gone on to leadership positions at several institutions, continuing to be an advocate for student success and technology in higher education.

This award recognizes a professional who has made an outsized contribution for their 'rank' to the technology-enhanced learning community with the intention of recognizing thought leadership, excellence in practice, and demonstrated leadership capabilities. This award is meant to honor up and coming leaders in higher education.

2018 Sally M. Johnstone Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Nash, Associate Director of Academic Innovations & eLearning, Project Director, UAA Title III Robust Online Learning Grant, Assistant Professor of Adult Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, who has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Sally M. Johnstone Award.

Dr. Nash is an accomplished scholar, author, grant writer and director, consultant, and evaluator. She has published numerous book chapter and papers, presented at multiple conferences, and is a respected voice in the educational technology field, with a focus online course quality and program administration and instructional design. Dr. Nash is recognized for her work on a statewide initiative in Alaska that created quality support structures for technology-enhanced learning. The program no includes participation from all three universities within the University of Alaska system, and includes multiple smaller community campuses. Her team recognizes and values her contributions to their group, specifically for her complete redesign of instructional design processes for their institution and her dedication to assisting their faculty and students.

Read more about this year's WCET Award Winners.

Previous Sally M. Johnstone Award Winners

2017 - Bucky Dodd, University of Central Oklahoma

2016 - Dale Johnson, Arizona State University

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Professionals who have an outsized contribution for their 'rank' to the technology-enhanced learning community.
  • Professionals who have not achieved the rank of senior leadership at their institution.
  • Demonstrated leadership, including thought leadership, in an area effecting technology-enhanced teaching and learning including policy and practice related arenas.
  • Candidates must not be a current member of the WCET staff, steering committee, or executive council.
  • Candidates must be affiliated with a WCET member institution, organization, or cooperation that is in good standing.

Nominations may be submitted by the individual under consideration or by a colleague, supervisor, or other interested party.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Up to two pages addressing how the candidate meets the eligibility criteria, including evidence of contributions to the technology-enhanced teaching and learning community.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae for the nominee.
  • Two--three letters of reference (inclusion of one external to the candidate's home organization is recommended but not required).

There will be one award recipient chosen each year and honored at the WCET Annual Meeting during the annual awards lunch. The 2018 recipient will be notified ahead of time and will receive a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting and a travel stipend to attend in Portland, OR, October 23 - 25, 2018.

All nomination materials should be sent to the WCET Awards team at wcetawards@wiche.edu no later than September 1, 2018. An award committee will evaluate the nominations and select a winner who will be notified by the end of September.