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Promoting Excellence In Education With An Outstanding Student Instructor Award Program

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.467.1 - 3.467.6



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Justin Shriver

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Charles Choi

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Trevor Harding

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Jennifer Kadlowec

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Session 0555

Promoting Excellence in Education with an Outstanding Student Instructor Award Program

Jennifer Kadlowec, Justin Shriver, Trevor Harding, Charles Choi University of Michigan


The ASEE Student Chapter at the University of Michigan in conjunction with the College of Engineering has developed and organized an annual Outstanding Student Instructor Award in recognition of excellence in engineering education. The award not only acknowledges the outstanding contributions of the individuals selected for the award, but also coincides with the ASEE’s goals of promoting excellence in engineering education and attracting new members. The paper outlines the planning procedures developed since the inception of the award in 1994 and provides suggestions and insights for other ASEE Student Chapters to create and organize such an award.


The Student Chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education at the University of Michigan created the Outstanding Student Instructor (OSI) Award for the purpose of recognizing the outstanding contributions of individuals and promoting excellence in education. Before this award was instituted, there was no mechanism for identifying exceptional student instructors to the larger academic community. Since the award was created, the student chapter, the student instructors, and the College of Engineering have all benefited from this recognition of outstanding teaching.

As an ASEE student chapter, sponsoring this award is a proactive way to support excellence in teaching, but the benefits go beyond this.[1] Holding a public ceremony and advertising the award to the entire College of Engineering increases the visibility of the chapter throughout the college community. The OSI Awards also serve the ASEE student chapter as an outreach event to attract new members who are also interested in engineering education. Organizing this award as well as other events and seminars gives the student members the opportunity to broaden leadership skills, add to the graduate experience and interact with a variety of university students, professors and deans.

The individuals who receive the award benefit in several ways. Beyond the satisfaction of knowing their jobs were well done, they are honored in a public ceremony for their accomplishments and receive a monetary reward. The award provides encouragement to the outstanding student instructors to pursue careers in academia. Furthermore, this honor provides evidence of their impact on education and teaching abilities, which the awardees can add to a teaching portfolio to be used during the academic job search process.

Shriver, J., & Choi, C., & Harding, T., & Kadlowec, J. (1998, June), Promoting Excellence In Education With An Outstanding Student Instructor Award Program Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7371

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