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CDLT Outstanding Distance Learning Adult Educator Award

Award Description

This award recognizes the individual achievement of an adult educator who demonstrates excellence in teaching at a distance and/or the use of distance technology in their teaching. The award recipient will demonstrate a clear and consistent record of creativity, innovation, and effectiveness in their current teaching practice within distance education.

The award is given annually at the AAACE Conference Awards Luncheon. The recipient will be invited to present at the CDLT Pre-Conference or at a CDLT sponsored session during the AAACE annual conference. If the recipient unable to present at the conference, they will have the opportunity to present virtually (e.g. a webinar) after the conference, or at the following years’ CDLT Pre-Conference. The award winner may also be featured on the CDLT website and in CDLT newsletters/communication.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Award eligibility is limited to current members of the CDLT, or to those who agree to join at the time of nomination. Membership must be current in order to receive the award.
  • Previous awardees may not be eligible to receive the award.
  • Individuals who work in a variety of adult learning spaces are welcome to submit a nomination (these include but are not limited to higher education, non-profit, community, corporate, government, or other professional environments where adult learning is being facilitated.)

Nomination Process, Materials, and Deadlines

  • Nominations may be submitted via self-nominations or by outside nominators.
  • Nomination packages need to include all of the following. Incomplete packages may not be considered:
    • Nominator Information: Name, Job Title/Organization, Address, City/State/Zip, Telephone and Email. (If self-nominated, this information is not needed).
    • Nominee Information: Name, Job Title/Organization, Program Name (if applicable), Address, City/State/Zip, Telephone and Email.
    • A statement from the nominator (no more than 3 pages) describing how the nominee demonstrates a clear and consistent record of creativity, innovation, and effectiveness in their distance teaching and/or use of distance technology in teaching.
    • Up to three additional letters of support from those impacted by or with a knowledge of the nominees teaching and/or use of technology.
    • Additional supporting materials representative of the work and effectiveness of the nominee as a distance educator serving adult learners.
    • All materials must be submitted as a single PDF document, not to exceed 20 pages total.
  • The 2020 award deadline for nominations was June 5, 2020.  2021 nominations will be open March 1, 2021.
  • The recipient will be selected by the CDLT awards committee and notified of the award by mid-August.


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