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UDL Faculty Award

Award Summary

This award recognizes our faculty’s work in increasing access to environments for students who use assistive technology and/or for expanding the awareness and implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to improve access and inclusion for all students. UDL is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities. The faculty recipient of this recognition award will receive $1,000 funded by the Office of Institutional Diversity’s Inclusive Excellence Activity Grant.  Please scroll down the page to access the UDL Award Nomination Form.

Past UDL Award Recipients


Ms. Mikkilynn Olmsted

Department of English



Dr. Catharine Bishop

Department of Health Professions



Dr. Tina Herring

Department of Special Education



Dr. Ann Morrison

Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Kathryn Young

Department of Secondary/K-12 Education & Instructional Technology



Mr. Aaron Johnson

Department of Sociology and Anthropology



Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld 

Department of English



Dr. Lunden MacDonald

Department of Modern Languages


Selection Process

The award is presented to one selected faculty member at the end of the spring semester. The selection committee is made up of faculty and staff who will be responsible for reviewing nominations and making the final selection. Nominations will be evaluated based on how the faculty member has implemented the use of UDL principles in their face-to-face, hybrid, or online course(s).

UDL principles describe a learning environment in which:

1) ideas and information are represented in multiple ways

2) students express their comprehension and mastery of subject matter in multiple ways, and

3) students receive multiple opportunities for engagement. As they relate to instructional technologies, UDL principles guide the creation of course materials that are accessible and usable by a wide range of students, including those with disabilities and diverse learning needs.

The following are some examples of UDL principles:

  • The instructor offers various ways to engage students in the learning process throughout the semester (e.g., lecture, small group work, online assignments, class discussion).

  • The instructor provides alternatives for students with regard to how they can participate or complete course assignments and activities.

  • The instructor allows students to demonstrate what they have learned in more than one way or through a variety of means (e.g., oral presentation, written report, multiple choice exams).

  • The instructor ensures accessibility for all course content and materials (e.g., accessible websites, handouts, captioned videos, e-workbooks, etc.).

Nomination Process

Nominations, including self-nominations, may be submitted by any member of the faculty, staff or student body. Nominations will be due by March 31 for spring selection. The nomination form is located by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.

Award Presentation

The recipient of the award will be recognized at a ceremony at the end of the spring semester.

Spring 2018


Nominee:  Last, First
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Describe in detail with examples in each category how the nominee has used Universal Design for Learning principles in their class to maximize the learning experience of diverse learners in each of the following categories.

1. Explain how the professor presents their instructional content and material to students in various formats.

2. Explain how the professor provides opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge of the course material in multiple ways?

3. Explain how the professor provides various ways to engage students in the learning process


The deadline for this year's nominations was March 31, 2018. If you have any questions please contact Greg Sullivan, Director of the Access Center at

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