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Biennial Awards

 The following awards are given biennially. All awards will be announced at the annual meeting in October.

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Martha Ross Teaching Award (in odd numbered years)

Post-secondary Teaching Award (in even numbered years)

Martha Ross Teaching Award Top

In 1993 the Oral History Association established an honorific award to recognize a distinguished primary or secondary school teacher or professional involved in educational outreach at the precollegiate level who has incorporated the practice of oral history in the classroom in an exemplary way. The Martha Ross Teaching Award is presented biennially in odd-numbered years. The next award will be made at the OHA’s 2015 annual meeting to be held  in Tampa, Florida.

The award-winning teacher will receive a framed award certificate, a one-year membership in the OHA, an honorarium, and complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

Criteria for the award are:

  • The teacher has developed an innovative philosophy or strategy for the use of oral history; and/or successfully implemented an existing strategy for doing oral history with students; and/or used oral history in print or other format to enhance learning.
  • The teacher’s work or approach is a model for the use of oral history in education.
  • The teacher has demonstrated familiarity with both oral history scholarship and the literature relating oral history to educational practice.
  • The project or curriculum reflects appropriate standards for historical research and interpretation, oral history interviewing, preservation of completed tapes (and transcripts, where applicable), and presentation.
  • The oral history project or curriculum has a civic or community component.

To nominate a teacher or education professional for this award:

Submit one copy of each of the following materials to each member of the teaching awards committee below:

  • A two- or three-page statement describing both the teacher’s philosophy or goals relating to the use of oral history in an educational setting and the details of the oral history project or curriculum the teacher has developed
  • Supporting materials such as syllabi, assignments, transcripts, press releases and other promotional material, publications, media productions, et cetera
  • A nominating or supporting letter describing both the educator’s use of oral history and the rationale for nomination.

Nominations may come from teachers themselves or from colleagues, students, administrators, or community members who recognize the accomplishments of a teacher in using oral history to enhance education. In all cases, nominations must be for work completed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2015. Additional questions may be directed to the committee chair.

Postsecondary Teaching Award Top

The Postsecondary Teaching Award of the Oral History Association is presented biannually in even-numbered years. Established in 1993, the award recognizes a distinguished postsecondary educator involved in undergraduate, graduate, continuing, or professional education who has incorporated the practice of oral history in the classroom in an exemplary way. The next award will be made at the OHA’s 2014 annual meeting. The award-winning educator will receive a framed award certificate, a one-year membership in the OHA, and complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

Criteria for the award are:

  • The educator has developed an innovative philosophy or strategy for the use of oral history; and/or successfully implemented an existing strategy for doing oral history with students; and/or used oral history in print or other medium to enhance learning;
  • The educator’s work or approach is a model for the use of oral history in education;
  • The educator has demonstrated familiarity with both oral history scholarship and the literature relating oral history to educational practice;
  • The project or curriculum adheres to appropriate standards for historical research and interpretation, oral history interviewing, preservation of recordings (and transcripts, where applicable), and presentation;
  • The oral history project or curriculum has a civic or community component.

To nominate an educator for this award

Send one electronic copy of the nomination materials to each member of the awards committee below.  A two- or three-page statement describing both the educator’s philosophy or goals relating to the use of oral history in an educational setting and the details of the oral history project or curriculum the educator has developed;

  • Supporting materials such as syllabi, assignments, transcripts, press releases and other promotional material, publications, media productions, et cetera;
  • A nominating or supporting letter describing both the educator’s use of oral history and the rationale for nomination.

Nominations may come from educators themselves or from colleagues, students, administrators, or community members who recognize the accomplishments of an educator in using oral history to enhance education. In all cases, nominations must be for work completed between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2014. Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2014.

Chair – Martha Norkunas, norkunas@mtsu.edu
Juliana Nykolaiszyn, juliana.nykolaiszyn@okstate.edu
Rosie Uyola, rosie.uyola@gmail.com

Submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2014