Open Educational Materials Awards

By Marketing and Communications | 03-07-2017


University Libraries and Student Government Association Grant Two Annual Awards


COLLEGE STATION, TX (March 7, 2017) – 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 SGA Open Educator Award and the SGA Open Education Champion Award, established in 2016, honor 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, mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education, and champion Texas A&M’s land grant mission of public education.

“One of the most exciting thing about OERs is the impact. Open texts are especially impactful if classes with multiple sections, high enrollment, and high textbook costs are targeted, the savings add up – fast,” noted David Carlson, Dean of Texas A&M University Libraries. “An underappreciated feature of Open texts is the ability of faculty to customize the text they use for their courses. This ability to customize can be a powerful instructional tool for faculty thanks to open licensing versus the closed and restricted confines of commercial texts.”

The SGA Open Education Champion Award recognizes a single 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 and their actual or potential impact. Texas A&M faculty members, and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, are eligible to submit nominations.

The SGA Open Educator Award recognizes 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.

In 2016, Dr. Patrick J. Shamberger, Assistant Professor in Material Science & Engineering, and Dr. Trez Jones, Clinical Assistant Professor in Educational Administration & Human Resource Development, were honored as the inaugural award winners. Dr. Shamberger received the SGA Open Education Champion Award for developing an entire course lecture series introducing materials science; the series was shared freely through a dedicated YouTube channel. Dr. Jones was awarded the SGA Open Educator Award for using online materials to enable his students to react to and discuss current topics in the media, without restriction by outdated textbooks.

All nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24, and the awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the SGA Student Senate meeting on April 19. More information and instructions on how to submit a nomination can be found here.




For more information contact Sarah Potvin, Digital Scholarship Librarian,