The Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award was established in 1980 and is administered by the Information Science Education Committee.
1. Nature of the Award
1.1 The award shall consist of a cash award of $1,000. Additionally, Thomson Reuters shall contribute $500 towards travel or other expenses to the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient’s attending the ASIS&T annual meeting, and $250 to ASIS&T Headquarters towards administrative fees.
2. Purpose of the Award
2.1 The purpose of the award is to recognize the unique teaching contribution of an individual as a teacher of information science.
3.1 The recipient of the award need not be a member of the Society but must be directly engaged in teaching some aspect of information science on a continuing basis, in an academic or a non-academic setting.
3.2 Nominees need not be associated with an educational institution; however, teaching information science must represent a significant work responsibility although it need not occur within the traditional classroom. Workshops, speeches, publications, and presentations, in addition to academic courses, can also be used to teach information science.
3.3 Previous recipients of the award are ineligible, as are members of the Education Committee during the year of the award.
4.1 The Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award is sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information and is administered by the Information Science Education Committee.
5.1 Nominations should be submitted electronically by July 1.
5.2 The nomination package should include the following:
(a) Nominating letter, stating why the candidate deserves the award;
(b) The name, title, affiliation, address, phone number, and email address of the person making the nomination;
(c) The full CV of the nominee, to include the nominee’s name, title, affiliation, address, phone number, and email address of the candidate for the award;
(d) The nomination statement (200-500 words, which may be included in the citation for the award);
(e) No more than four supporting documents, which may include such items as:
course syllabi or outlines,
innovative and imaginative teaching/presentation materials or descriptions of teaching methods,
documentation of speeches/presentations given, and/or
a list of consulting activities, professional association activities, or awards and honors, if they are related to teaching excellence; and
(f) No more than five letters of support.
5.3 The nominator should compile the nomination package into one document, for submission to the online nomination system.
6. Jury Committee
6.1 The Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award Jury is composed of four members and a Jury Chair, appointed by the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee. All members of the Jury shall serve for one year.
6.2 Members of the Jury may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
6.3 At least one member of the Jury shall be appointed from the membership of SIG/ED, with the concurrence of the Chair of SIG/ED. At least one member of the Jury, and preferably two, shall have a non-academic affiliation.
6.4 If one of the members of the Jury is nominated for the award, the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee shall appoint a temporary replacement for that juror for that year.
6.5 The Jury may act as a nominations committee by soliciting nominations. The Jury may also consider nominations that were submitted in two previous years.
7. Selection of the Awardee
7.1 Only one of the nominees may be designated a winner.
7.2 Each juror shall carefully review the complete nomination package for each nominee.
7.3 Each juror should score the application on the following elements: 1) evidence of sustained and unique contributions to teaching information science; 2) impact on students, colleagues, and institutions, 3) innovative and imaginative teaching materials and methods; 4) professional association activities related to teaching excellence; 5) research activities related to teaching excellence; and 6) previous teaching awards. The Jury Chair shall total all the scores and declare the recipient of the award to be that nominee with the highest total.
7.4 In the event that no nominee can be declared the awardee (because of a tie score), the Jury Chair shall announce the result to the Jury and repeat the polling process among the top awardees.
7.5 In the absence of qualified nominations, the Jury may review nominations that were submitted during the two previous years or solicit additional nominations.
7.6 In the event that the Jury decides that none of the nominations should be recognized, no award may be given that year.
7.7 The Jury Chair shall communicate the name of the winner to jury members, the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, and the ASIS&T Executive Director.
7.8 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50-250 word abstract, stating why the award was given. This abstract will be used to publicize the award. Material for this abstract can be taken from the voting rationales provided by the members of the jury.
7.9 The Jury Chair shall submit the nomination packets and the results of jury deliberations to ASIS&T Headquarters, after selection of the awardee has been completed.
8. Presentation of the Award
8.1 The award, consisting of a check for $1,000 and a certificate, shall be presented to the winner by the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee at the banquet of the annual meeting of the Association.
9.1 The award shall be publicized through the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the Society website. Publicity is the responsibility of ASIS&T Headquarters.
10.1 Appointments to the Jury Committee shall be made in advance of the award year and not later than the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
10.2 Nominations must be submitted to ASIS&T Headquarters by July 1. All nominations submitted shall be acknowledged upon receipt.
10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, and the ASIS&T Executive Director shall be notified by 60 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
[Approved by Board: 10/31/91] [revised 10/96] [revised 11/97] [revised 10/11]