Innovation 20/20 Call for Nominations: Special Spotlight on Graduate Teaching Assistants

Innovation 20/20 SeriesWe are now accepting nominations for Innovation 20/20 sessions. This year I want to focus attention on our college’s excellent Graduate Teaching Assistants. If your department has 1 or 2 outstanding TAs who are known to be innovative in their teaching, I hope you will take the time to nominate them to do an Innovation 20/20 presentation.

Not only we all benefit from learning from their teaching approaches and techniques, but they will receive an important recognition that I’m sure will help distinguish them as they begin to develop their professional dossiers for finding a faculty position in higher education.

To submit a nomination, send the following information to Lloyd Rieber <>:

  • Name and email of the nominee
  • Nominee’s department and/or program
  • Short explanation of why you are nominating this person
    (e.g. in what way is the person innovative in his/her teaching)


While it is difficult to pin down what is meant exactly by “innovative teaching,” here are are a few guidelines. Nominees should be more than just good teachers. They are people who take some risks and try new things. They are also people who are known to use one or more unique innovative strategies consistently as part of their teaching repertoire.

The focus is squarely on “innovation in teaching,” but if some attention is given to how technology makes the teaching innovation possible or feasible, all the better.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Many thanks!

Lloyd Rieber
Director, Innovation in Teaching and Technology


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