Open Educational Materials Awards Recognize Texas A&M University Faculty

By Marketing and Communications | 03-11-2016

COLLEGE STATION, TX (March 11, 2016) – The Texas A&M University Libraries has partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to recognize faculty members who promote or contribute to a culture of using open access materials. The awards are the SGA Open Educator Award and the SGA Open Education Champion Award. The two annual awards were established for faculty members who go above and beyond in adopting and demonstrating exemplary use of Open Educational Resources (OERs). 

OERs are defined as teaching, learning and research resources that carry legal permissions for open use. Generally, this permission allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource. The awards seek to recognize faculty who contribute to, and promote, a culture of utilizing OERs in order to lessen the financial burden on students, and mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education.

The SGA Open Educator Award recognizes three individual faculty members who demonstrate exemplary usage of open access materials in their own classrooms. Nominees will be considered based on their overall economic and educational impact as well as the quality of OER usage. Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to nominate faculty members for this award.

The SGA Open Education Champion Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the most compelling and significant positive impact in areas related to OERs, with additional weight given to action that contributes to, or use of, Texas A&M’s OAKTrust Institutional Repository. Nominees will be considered based on the quantity, quality and depth of contributions, their effect of outreach, and their actual or potential impact. Texas A&M faculty members, and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, are eligible to submit nominations.

All nominations are due by 5:00 PM on April 18, 2016.
The first annual awards ceremony is planned for early May 2016.

 More information and instructions on how to submit a nomination can be found here.




For more information contact the SGA Open Educational Awards Committee at