National Award for Excellence in Teaching

Deadline for nominations: July 22, 2023

The annual AJHA Award for Excellence in Teaching honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the areas of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning, and offers an outstanding example for other educators.

An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize.


A nominee may be tenured or untenured, and should hold either a full- or part-time appointment at a college or university that confers an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree in journalism, mass communication, communication studies, or history as of the submission due date.

All nominees must have responsibility for teaching the history of journalism and mass communication either as a stand-alone course or as part of a broader course.

Nomination packets must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 2 pages)
  • A syllabus from a favorite course (must be mass comm. history-related)
  • Sample assignment and/or sample lecture
  • Teaching evaluations (summary tables, previous 2 years if untenured; 4 years if tenured). Written peer and/or tenured faculty reviews of teaching may also be included.
  • Letters of support - one from each level:
    • Administrator (dean/chair)
    • Colleague
    • Former student (be sure to indicate the relationship of the individual to the nominee and institution, e.g., is the individual currently a graduate student in the nominee's department?)
Nominations should be sent to Education Chair Kaylene Armstrong electronically as a PDF (one file).
Dianne Bragg of Alabama received the 2022 National Award for Excellence in Teaching. Read about her recognition

Past Winners

 2021 Ira Chinoy, Maryland
 Michael Fuhlhage, Wayne State
 2019 David Vergobbi, Utah
 2018 Mike Sweeney, Ohio
 2017 Amber Roessner, Tennessee
 2016 Wayne Dawkins, Hampton
 2015 Tracy Lucht, Iowa State
 2014 Bernell Tripp, Florida
 2013 Earnest Perry, Missouri
 2012 Janice Hume, Georgia
 2011 Leonard Teel, Georgia State
 2010 David Sloan, Alabama
 2008 Betty Winfield, Missouri

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