"Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you"!


Throughout the year, SLATE members have been recognized for their work and accomplishments at their institutions and around the academic community. These awards honor those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences. They support and enhance faculty and professional development skills to provide a better organization-wide learning experience. And, at the same time, promote community collaboration, outreach, and innovation while developing and sustaining a community of practice.

We wish to acknowledge their accomplishments here:




Community Awards & Recognitions

•   Jason Rhode, Northern Illinois University
    2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design

•  Greg Long and the NIU Faculty & Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University
    2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design


•  NIU Faculty & Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University
    2013 Blackboard Learn & Blackboard Collaborate Staff Development Award

•  NIU Faculty & Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University
    2012 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community Collaboration

•  Patricia Goldweic, Northwestern University
    2012 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovative Development

•  Ken Sadowski, University of Chicago
    2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community Collaboration

•  NIU Faculty & Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University
    2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Staff Development



Thank You Video Recognizing 10 Years

Thank You for 10 Years







SLATE Star Award

The SLATE Star Award was established in 2004 as a way to recognize those who have shown leadership, demonstrated initiatives, presented new ideas, improved procedures, established effective relationships or provided substantial resources that have effected the success and promotion of SLATE, and/or the general Community of Practice and its members.




  2016 SLATE Star Award Recipient  

Zoaib Mirza
Devry Education Group

2016 SLATE Star Award recipient
Zoaib Mirza (right) and SLATE
Executive Director Ken Sadowski (left)


Past Award Recipients

2015 - Sarah Fornero, Adler University

2014 - Russ Pearson, College of Lake County

2013 - Stephanie Richter, Northern Illinois University

2012 - Sarah Dysart & Terry Moy, Loyola University Chicago

2011 - Faculty Development and Instructional Design CenterNorthern Illinois University

2010 - Mike Sukowski, Concordia University Chicago

2009 - Floyd Saner, Goshen College

2008 - Jason Rhode, Northern Illinois University 

2007 - Jack Corliss, Loyola University Chicago

2006 - Paul Heydenburg, Northeastern Illinois University

2005 - Carol Scheidenhelm, Northern Illinois University

2004 - Ken Sadowski, University of Chicago