Celebrating 10 Years of The David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching And Learning

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which recognizes outstanding faculty members who conduct research in teaching and learning in higher education. The award was created in 2007 by Doug Becker, founder and chairman of Laureate, and named in honor of David A. Wilson, a former member of Laureate’s Board of Directors, who has had a lifelong commitment to education.

In the words of Dr. Wilson: “Laureate continues to stand tall in its commitment to students, teaching, and learning.  Since the award’s inception, Laureate has granted $900,000 USD to its faculty for the sole purpose of giving its students a greater, stronger, and better foundation for their lives. To have my name associated with this award is an honor far greater than I ever imagined I would be granted.”

While the award has seen changes over the years, the 2017 version is still built on the original mission to recognize the trajectory of faculty members in the field of higher education teaching and learning by conferring an award in the form of a research grant. The 2017 award, though, now provides an opportunity for the recognized researcher to guide a less experienced faculty member in academic culture, supporting the advancement of his/her teaching, research, and/or service skills, thus facilitating the growth of future research leaders at institutions that are part of the Laureate network. Each team applying for the award must be comprised of at least two faculty members of different career trajectories.

This year, four $25,000 awards will be given to the faculty teams in each research topic area: students, faculty, curriculum, and technology. Since 2007, Wilson awardees have published, in total, 28 articles, and have produced 38 presentations to showcase their research work at conferences around the world.

Click here to meet past Wilson Award winners.