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Open Educational Materials Awards Recognize University Faculty

Published on Tue 04/14/20

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (April 14, 2020) – The Texas A&M University Libraries partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to recognize faculty members who promote or contribute to a culture of using open access materials. The SGA Open Educator Award and the SGA Open Education Champion Award, established in 2016, honor faculty members who go above and beyond in adopting and demonstrating use of Open Educational Materials (OEM). 

OEM are defined as teaching, learning and research resources that carry legal permissions for open use. This permission allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resources. The awards seek to acknowledge faculty who contribute to and promote a culture of utilizing OEM in order to lessen the financial burden on students, mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education and champion Texas A&M’s land grant mission of public education. Texas A&M faculty members and students were eligible to submit nominations for the awards. The winners will receive $250 from the Libraries, as well as $250 from the Office of the Provost.

The SGA Open Education Champion Award recognizes a single faculty member who demonstrates the most compelling and significant positive impact in areas related to OERs or use of Texas A&M’s OAKTrust Institutional Repository. Nominees were considered based on the quantity, quality, and depth of contributions and their actual or potential impact. This year’s winner is Dr. Wayne K. Versaw, a Department of Biology professor who adapted the OpenStax Biology Textbook and has helped save biology students thousands every year.

The SGA Open Educator Award recognizes faculty members who demonstrates exemplary usage of open access materials in their own classrooms. Overall economic and educational impact, as well as the quality of OEM usage are some of the elements considered when making the decision of a winner. This award has two winners this year: Dr. Terri Pantuso, a Department of English lecturer who has facilitated the creation of a new OEM textbook for English courses, and Rayna Dexter, an assistant professor with the Department of Performance Studies. Dr. Pantuso’s work with OEM has helped students save about $50,000 per semester, and Dexter’s OEM efforts have developed creative resources to help students working in the art industry, while also saving students money.

For more information contact the SGA Open Educational Awards Committee at

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