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The nomination for the 2023-2024 Showcase awardees is closed.

  1. Timeline
  2. Nomination Instructions (Nomination has closed for 2023-2024 period)
  3. Application Instructions


NominationMarch 24 to April 21, 2023Nominate someone or self-nominate by going to the IIS Website
Application SubmissionApril 23 to September 15, 2023Nominees will receive an email from the IIS committee requesting application materials
Application ReviewSeptember 18 to October 23, 2023The IIS Committee will review all applications
Notice of AcceptanceNovember 6, 2023The IIS Committee will provide notice of acceptance to applicants
Production of ShowcasesNovember 2023 to July, 2024The IIS Committee will work with accepted applicants to create a “showcase” video to be featured on the IIS website
Showcase Awardee CelebrationOctober 17, 2024Campus leaders and community will celebrate showcase awardees in the award ceremony

Nomination Instructions (2023 Nomination was closed on 4/21)

Who can nominate?

All Mānoa faculty, students, staff, alumni, and administrators. We also welcome and encourage self-nominations!

Who can be nominated?

Any Mānoa faculty, lecturer, instructor, and staff (TAs excluded) who has taught a course once or more over the past 2 years (Summer 2021 to Spring 2023) and developed and implemented innovative and high impact teaching practices.

What is an innovative and high impact teaching practice?

Teaching practice…. 

  • uses innovative approaches to engage students in deep learning,
  • has a demonstrated positive impact on student learning,
  • aligns with Institutional/Program/Course or Gen Ed Student Learning Objectives (SLOs),
  • is inclusive of all students, and
  • actively engages students in the learning process.

As a nominator, you are asked to provide

  • a brief description of the innovative and high-impact teaching practice
  • your name and contact information 
  • the nominee’s name, email, department; and course(s) taught

Application Instructions

All nominees are invited to submit an application to be included in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Innovation and Impact showcase repository. A peer review team will read all the applications and select the best ones to showcase on our website. The awardees will choose to create a short video to explain their teaching practice. Our team members and professional media production units on campus will support the selected applicants to prepare the video and the showcase materials.

Sample Application Material

Application submission procedure

Nominees will receive the application link through an email invitation. Nominees need to complete the application by 9/15/2023, 11:59pm. Send inquiries to

Content to Include in the Application (Preview the application questions)

  • Applicant’s Information: name, program, college/school, email, phone number
  • Course description: title, student level, enrollment, and length
  • Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes
  • Alignment with the program, institutional (undergraduate or graduate), or General Education (Foundations, Diversification, Focus area) Learning Objectives/Outcomes.
  • Teaching Philosophy (50-150 words)
  • Description of Teaching Practice (500-850 words)
  • Description of Impact on Students/Program (50-200 words)

Application Evaluation Rubric

Tips to describe your teaching practice

  • Focus on one integrated practice. You probably have used many innovative techniques and strategies in your course. What is the main teaching practice that guides you in selection of the techniques and materials? Talk about how you skillfully integrate different techniques to systematically engage students in deep learning and application of knowledge and skills.
  • Describe the steps of the teaching practice and the facets of that practice so others can learn to use/replicate it. Include any specific tips and tools to engage students.
  • Explain how the practice is appropriate to the learning levels and needs of the students. How has the teaching practice systematically addressed and adapted to individual learners’ needs? Explain how the practice promotes inclusiveness and equity in learning.
  • Provide samples or excerpts of assignment/activity instructions when appropriate. Feel free to include the syllabi, entire assignment instructions, rubrics and so on as supplemental materials. While we encourage the submission of supplemental materials as resources for fellow instructors, reviewers are not required to consider the supplemental materials in their evaluation.
  • Briefly describe any challenges (time commitment, necessary collaborators, student involvement, etc.) that colleagues might want to keep in mind when implementing this teaching practice in their courses.

Tips to describe impact


First and foremost, provide evidence of impact on students’ learning. Options include but not limited to:

  • How do the students perform on the culminating assignments/projects/exams?
      Example narratives:
    • 85% of the students demonstrated satisfactory performance in written communication evaluated by a rubric co-constructed with the students.
    • All 16 students completed the research/creative projects, presented their projects in class with their target audience in mind, and submitted a written report. The rubric evaluation of students’ work showed that all students met expectations on written and oral communication, research design, and data analysis. In addition, three quarters of the students achieved the highest level (highly competent) on research design.
  • How do students demonstrate their habits of mind, development of values and perspectives, and/or sense of professional identity, through student journals, their reflection essays, your observations, interaction with students, and records?
      Example narratives:
    • More than ⅔ of the students demonstrated civic commitment through their reflection journals evaluated by a civic engagement rubric.
    • All 20 students submitted a reflection essay and described their experience in the civic engagement activities [Provide the reflection essay assignment as a supplemental material]. 90% of the students reported applying the skills taught in the course into their civic learning projects, learning to consider multiple perspectives when analyzing community issues, and providing concrete plans to engage in future civic learning opportunities.

In addition to the impact on learning, you can strengthen your description by including one or more of the following:

  • Evidence of students’ positive experience, engagement, motivation through course evaluation responses, observations, interactions, and records.
  • Evidence of students’ success in terms of retention, persistence, job preparedness, readiness for future studies/advanced degrees, and so on.
  • Evidence of your influence on fellow colleagues and the program. For example, you may have developed an assignment/model/procedure that colleagues adapted for their own use.