Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

Faculty Award for Excellence in Digital Teaching Practice

Speaker from Adobe presenting at a digital art conference, Kevin Atticks helping student with publishing software, Raenita Fenner helping student with engineering software

Beginning in Spring 2022, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Digital Teaching Practice recognizes a colleague for their innovative use of technology for teaching and learning. Digital teaching practice takes many forms, ranging from using technology to address pressing student needs such as building community and ensuring equity, leveraging technology to advance high impact practices in face-to-face or online settings, and using existing classroom technology to expand learning beyond the physical classroom space. This faculty award honors the creativity and skillful use of technology and digital teaching practices to engage students and promote learning at either the undergraduate or graduate level and within any course modalities: in-person, hybrid, or fully online. A faculty member from one college or school is recognized each year on a rotating basis. Self, peer, or department chair nominations are made to a committee of academic administrators, instructional designers in the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning, and previous Digital Pedagogy Fellows. Nominees are asked to submit additional information describing their digital teaching practice and learning outcomes. The recipient is announced each year at the annual Faculty Excellence Celebration (formerly Deans' Symposium). Any current full-time faculty member is eligible to receive the award. Colleagues who have been nominated in the past may be re-nominated. A faculty member can only receive the award once. Awardees receive a plaque and an honorarium.


Any current full-time faculty member

Nomination Deadline

January 20

Nomination Form


Academic Affairs administrators, instructional designers in the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning, and past recipients

Rotation for the Award

  • 2021-2022: School of Education
  • 2022-2023: Loyola College
  • 2023-2024: Sellinger School of Business and Management

Past Recipients

2022 - Gayle Cicero, education specialties

gayle ciceroDr. Cicero is a proud graduate of the School Counseling Program at Loyola University and holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. She returned to Loyola as a full-time faculty member in the School Counseling Program after spending 30 years working for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in MD as a teacher, school counselor, pupil personnel worker, school administrator, supervisor of school counseling, and director of student services. Areas of expertise include trauma & children, counseling supervision, leadership, and systems thinking.