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Nominations open for 2024

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Open Educator Awards! Submit your nominations by July 3; winners will be announced July 17.

Meet the 2023 Honorees

The PALSave Open Educator Award recognizes innovation and excellence in support of higher education, textbook affordability and student success. As part of the PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning Program, these individuals have been key players in the creation and adoption of Open Educational Resources—OER—which reduces costs for students and makes higher education more equitable and accessible.

Header photo: Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson, Courtesy of the University of Indianapolis

Pictured is Andrea Bearman

Andrea Bearman

Trine University

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Elizabeth Kiggins

University of Indianapolis

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Pictured is Laura Merrifield Wilson

Laura Merrifield Wilson

University of Indianapolis

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Pictured is Sarah Rowley

Sarah Rowley

DePauw University

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Pictured is Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown

Trine University

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Pictured is Lexie Kuzmishin Nagy

Lexie Kuzmishin Nagy

Earlham College

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Pictured is Alisha Miller

Alisha Miller

Anderson University

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Pictured is Elizabeth Ziff

Elizabeth Ziff

University of Indianapolis

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What are the Open Educator Awards?

Given annually as part of the PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning Program, the Open Educator Award recognizes outstanding teaching faculty, open educational resource (OER) champions, and innovators in the realm of textbook affordability and student success on PALNI campuses. Individuals can nominate their colleagues or can self-nominate for the award. Honorees are selected based on criteria established by the PALSave team and announced in summer/fall. 

What is the criteria for being an Open Educator Award recipient?

Potential awardees might include:

  • Faculty or staff who are passionate champions for Open Education Resources (OERs)
  • Faculty or staff who have created their own open materials for a course, or for a wider audience
  • Faculty or staff who are engaging students with innovative open pedagogy

Any outstanding teaching faculty advocate or adopter of OER can be considered.

How do I nominate myself or someone else for the award?

Nominations are typically held in June with the honorees announced in July of each year. The PALSave team will put out a call for nominations via the PALNI Community, PALSave email distribution lists, and other channels. For questions about the process, email the PALSave team.

Who are the past honorees?

Now in its fourth cycle, the Open Educator Awards have recognized many individuals from across PALNI's 24 supported institutions. View past honorees: