The David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 

In October 2007, Laureate Education, Inc.'s Chairman and CEO, Douglas Becker, established the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in honor of the company's former Board Member, Dr. David Wilson, for his dedicated service to the Laureate network. The award seeks to recognize and support faculty members that teach at Laureate International Universities network institutions and are conducting research on innovation in teaching and learning in the field of higher education. Each year, two Laureate faculty members will each receive a $50,000 grant for the research projects proposed in their applications. Since the award's inception, more than 250 professors from 20 Laureate higher education institutions have submitted research proposals for ten research awards totaling $500,000.

Previous year’s winners and their projects include:


  • Dr. Pascale Hardy (University of Liverpool Online Programs): Knowledge creation and transfer in the workplace: an empirical assessment within an online action learning environment.
  • Dr. Evelyn Johnson (Walden University): Enhancing an online quantitative research course through increased interaction.


  • Annamaría Sziláygi (University of Liverpool Online - Interactive Education): Cultural factors and student retention in international online post-graduate programs.
  • Emmanuel López (Universidad del Valle de México): Academic coaching and decision-making based on Artificial Intelligence technology.


  • Andrés Meza (UNAB - Chile): Development of active learning methods for an introductory physics course.
  • Gary Burkholder (Walden University - USA): Promotion and assessment of student engagement and higher order thinking in the online discussion forum.


  • Iris Yob (Walden University - USA): Factors predicting faculty assessments of doctoral studies of independent students.
  • Pedro Lara (UEM - Spain): Creation of a university-based social networking system to improve students’ learning.


  • Lea Sulmont (UPC- Peru): Development of an online platform for students to share entrepreneurial experiences.
  • Oscar Filho (UnP): Use of artificial intelligence to assess performance in distance learning environment.


  • Carlos Enrique López Campos (UVM - Mexico): Teaching methodologies for improved cognitive development, motivation, and attitudes of students based on problem-solving techniques of math, science, and physics.
  • Zarina Charlesworth (Glion - Switzerland): Teaching strategies for hospitality educators in the international classroom.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Maintain a status of "continuity and commitment" with their university, which can be defined in one of the following ways:
    • Have held full-time faculty status for a minimum of two years prior to the date of application.
    • Be a full-time administrator who has also taught for a minimum of two years prior to the date of application. (NOTE: Rectors, Vice-Rectors, and Deans with high administrative responsibilities that require full-time dedication are not eligible to apply.)
    • Have taught as a part-time or adjunct faculty in the same subject for a minimum of three years.

  • Demonstrate a track record/commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Present a compelling research topic on teaching and learning that can be completed within one year of the date of the award, applied within two years, and have potential for replication and scale across the Laureate network.
  • Show outstanding success with students and professional respect of peers. (Applications may demonstrate this by including documentation with results from student satisfaction surveys.)
  • Be willing to secure the submission/publication of the research results in a peer-reviewed journal.

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More information about this resource:  
Resource Type(s): Awards
Format: Web Page
Date: 3/16/2010 8:00 PM
University(ies): Laureate International Universities
Academic Discipline(s): Architecture, Art and Design;Business & Management;Communications;Education;Engineering & IT;Health Sciences;Hospitality Management;Law and Legal Studies;Others
Training Priority(ies): Content Area Expertise;Educational Opportunities;Educational Technology;Teaching Strategies
Language(s): English