The annual Jack Erjavec Instructor Award was awarded for the first time in June 2007 to foster the professional development of promising new automotive technology instructors. In order to open up the scholarship to more instructors, the Jack Erjavec Innovative Instructor Award, given for the first time in 2011, will be granted to the instructor who demonstrates the most innovative and effective use of technology in the classroom.
Sponsored by Cengage Learning, and administered by the NACAT Education Foundation, the $2500 annual award provides funding to allow one instructor each year to attend the summer NACAT conference and other training events.
DEFINITION OF INNOVATIVE
“The introduction of something new. Using or showing new methods and/or ideas.” For this award, innovation includes such things as: the use of e-learning products in the classroom, the development of instructional standards and tracking of student progress, the creation of instructional animations, the modification of existing instructional and management packages, and participating with e-learning products and sites for the purpose of professional development.
Nomination deadline is May 1, 2017. Announcement of the award will be made by June 1, 2017. The award will be presented at NACAT’s 2017 annual conference held in Warren, Michigan July 17 - 20, 2017.
NOMINATIONS and ELIGIBILITY
Self nomination for the award is encouraged, although fellow instructors, department chairs, or administrators can nominate someone within their program or school. We do require an administrative reference (name, phone number, email address) due to the types of questions used to help evaluate applications (please obtain their permission before sharing their information with us). We will not contact the reference unless an applicant advances to the final round of judging. At that point, we will contact the reference to gain their perspective on the applicant and the applicant’s innovative techniques.
Awards do not take into account any references to age, sex, religion, race, national origin, disability, or ethnic background. Please attach additional sheets to nomination if additional space is required. Each individual is eligible to win only one scholarship/award affiliated with the NACAT Education Foundation each year.
ABOUT JACK ERJAVEC
The award recognizes the contributions of Jack Erjavec, former board member and current officer of NACAT, and recipient of the 2006 NACAT MVP Award. Erjavec is the Author of Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, 6th Edition, the Today’s Technician Series Editor as well as is the lead author, series editor, or contributor to dozens of other Cengage Learning books. Mr. Erjavec was a charter member of STS/SAE, has served as board member of the Automotive Training Managers Council, and has been awarded numerous honors throughout his career.
Jack Erjavec is a valuable contributor to automotive education. Cengage Learning is proud to honor his commitment to the field by offering instructors the opportunity to further develop their teaching skills and technical knowledge.
NOMINEES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA
The award is open to ANY automotive technology instructor who works at a public or private secondary or post-secondary school or training center in North America. Full-time faculty nominees will receive higher consideration than part-time faculty nominees.
* Please note that judging will be based on the information provided here coupled with the reference verification if an applicant successfully enters the final stages of judging. The more detail and information you provide the more effective the nomination will be. Attach additional pages, if necessary.