Two Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Awards are presented each year in honor and recognition of meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching to two full-time faculty members of the University of Nebraska. Both awards may be made to the same campus in a given year.

2016 Call for Nomination Information
Past Recipients

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2016 Award Winners

Grandgenett VIDEO: Neal Grandgenett – 2016 OTICA Winner
Neal Grandgenett, Ph.D., Dr. George and Sally Haddix Community Chair of STEM Education in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Grandgenett teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in data-driven decision making, interdisciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning and research methods. His efforts at UNO have helped establish dual pathways for P-12 STEM teacher certification that are collaborative across colleges, and his community efforts have engaged thousands of teachers and other campuses in efforts like learning with educational robotics and wearable technologies. A 27-year veteran of UNO, Grandgenett is a favorite among students, achieving a lifetime instructor average on student evaluations of 4.88 on a five-point scale. His research interests align closely with his teaching and focus on the investigation of technology-based learning in STEM education, a topic on which he has authored more than 130 articles and research papers. Grandgenett has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on nearly $18 million in federal grants, and has been the investigator or co-investigator on 10 National Science Foundation grants, several of which have been shared with other NU campuses.


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