Awards and Recognitions

CTETE Awards and Recognitions

Excellence in Teaching,
Research, leadership, and
technology and engineering education.

The Council of Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE) annually awards outstanding accomplishments of engineering and technology educators. CTETE’s award winners reward those who have dedicated themselves to realizing the mission of education, research, service, and technology and engineering education.

Types of Awards and Recognitions

Technology and Engineering Teacher Educator of the Year Award

In an effort to promote and recognize excellence in technology teacher education, the CTETE currently sponsors four awards programs:

Our signature award, we annually recognize one individual, nominated by the membership, whose contributions in teaching, research, and service to the progression have been exemplary. 

The Technology and Engineering Teacher Educator of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Council to recognize individuals with established records of service to the CTETE and to the Technology and Engineering education profession.  

We are now accepting nominations from the CTETE membership for the 2023 Technology and Engineering Teacher Educator of the Year Award.

Click here to apply for the 2023 CTETE Award and Recognition!

Current executive committee members and prior award winners are not eligible.

Meet the 2022 CTETE Award and Recognition Winners.

Outstanding Research Award

Recognizes one member (or members, if co-authored) annually for outstanding contributions in published research. 

The Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE) sponsors an annual award for outstanding scholarly research in the field of Technology and Engineering Teacher Education. This award is presented to a member or members of the CTETE who have provided significant service to the profession through research and related scholarship in the preparation of Technology and Engineering Education teachers or enhancement of professional practice in technology education. The CTETE Outstanding Research Award will consist of a framed award certificate and a monetary award of $500. Recipients of the award are asked to submit a manuscript of their work to the Journal of Technology Education


Candidates for the Outstanding Research Award may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. The application process consists of an initial screening by the CTETE Research & Scholarship Committee based on a brief abstract, followed by a peer review of papers submitted by selected finalists. The CTETE Outstanding Research Award is available on an annual basis, but will not be awarded should submissions not be deemed worthy of the award after being reviewed by the Research & Scholarship Committee members. 


  1. Complete the Outstanding Research Award nomination form beginning on the second page of this document. This document is also available from the CTETE web site or can be requested from the chairperson of the CTETE Research & Scholarship Committee. Persons conducting nominated research projects must be members of the CTETE.
  2. Attach an electronic copy of the 1,200-word abstract or draft manuscript of the scholarly work to be considered. This should include statements of the title, significance, problem, research methods, findings, conclusions, and recommendations. For research not yet completed, anticipated findings, conclusions, and recommendations can be suggested, but the focus should be on the planned design of the research.
  3. The required nomination form and abstract or draft manuscript must be submitted ELECTRONICALLY to the Chair of the CTETE Research & Scholarship Committee. These materials must be received by the last day of December each year.
  4. Based on review of the nomination forms and abstracts or draft manuscripts, up to three finalists will be selected for further consideration to receive the Outstanding Research Award. Finalists will be asked to submit finalized papers reporting the results of their research to the Research & Scholarship Committee.
  5. Finalists will be invited to present the results of their research at a CTETE Research & Scholarship Committee sponsored session during the ITEEA conference. The Outstanding Research Award will be presented to the selected recipient during the CTETE Business Meeting at the ITEEA conference.

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Silvius-Wolansky Outstanding Publication Award

Co-sponsored by the G. Harold Silvius Foundation and the CTETE, this award is presented annually to an author (or co-authors) whose scholarship has enhanced the Technology and Engineering Education profession.

The award is presented annually by the CTETE to an author (or co-authors) whose scholarship has enhanced the Technology and Engineering Education profession. 

Criteria for Eligibility 

  1. The manuscript being nominated should make a significant contribution to Technology and Engineering Education in one or more areas such as research, curriculum development, teaching methodology, etc.
  2. The scholarly work must be an article, research report, chapter, monograph, or book published within the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline. Edited works, for example those that involve one or more editors and several or more authors (such as CTETE Yearbooks and special theme issues of journals), shall not be eligible for this award.
  3. The nominee(s) must have held membership in CTETE for at least the two years prior to the administration of the award, and must have a record of professional involvement in Technology and Engineering Education. In the case of works involving multiple authors, at least one of the authors must meet these criteria. For such jointly authored works, all authors shall be nominated as a group.
  4. The individual(s) must be nominated by a person in Technology and Engineering Education. Self-nominations are also welcomed and encouraged.
  5. An individual may receive the award no more than once in any five-year period.

Procedures for Nomination and Selection of the Award Recipient 

  1. The nominee shall email the following materials by the last day of December each year to: Dr. Fred Figliano ([email protected]) at Troy University 
    • One copy (MS Word or PDF format) of the publication being nominated (Note: If the publication is available online, provide the URL in lieu of sending a digital copy).
    • A rationale (one page max) that addresses the significance of the publication.
  2. A sub-committee of the CTETE Research and Scholarship (R&S) Committee will make the selection. The Silvius-Wolansky Award is available on an annual basis, though will not be awarded should submissions not be deemed worthy of the award following review by the R&S Committee members.
  3. Publications nominated for this award will be judged by the following criteria:
  • Originality of the contribution
  • Quality of the contribution
  • Content and clarity of purpose
  • Organization and presentation
  • Potential impact on the profession​

4. The recipient of the award will be notified before the annual conference of the ITEEA, where the award will be presented. The recipient will be responsible for his or her own costs for attending the ITEEA Conference, including registration.

Gerhard Salinger Award

The Gerhard Salinger Award for Enhancing I-STEM Education through Technological/Engineering Design-Based Instruction is co-sponsored with the ITEEA. This award is given to an individual or team of collaborators whose work has effectively promoted the use of technological/engineering design-based education at the K-12 level.

The award was created in honor of Dr. Gerhard Salinger, program officer at the National Science Foundation from 1989 to 2014, whose work to promote the use of engineering design activity and whose advocacy for technology and engineering education has widely influenced STEM education. The award is open to classroom teachers, university educators, school administrators, and others whose contributions are consistent with the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be judged on the extent to which their work has exemplified, promoted, investigated, and/or enhanced teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines through: 

  1. Use of technological / engineering design-based instructional practices to effectively integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; or
  2. Contributions to the understanding of successful practices in technological/engineering design and their outcomes at the K-12 level.  

Selection Process

  • The award will be publicized via the ITEEA and its affiliate councils’ Web sites and listservs (CC, CSL, and CTETE). Notification of the call for nominations will also be sent to the Directors of related STEM organizations (e.g., ASEE, NCTM, NSTA, the Triangle Coalition).
  •  A call for nominations (including self-nominations) will be disseminated via these listservs/Web sites by no later than November 10th of each year.
  • TO APPLY: The nomination/application packet must include:
    • A cover page with the name, title, and full contact information for nominee(s).
    • A description (600 words maximum) of the nominee’s contributions as they relate to the selection criteria. In addition, nominators are encouraged to submit supporting evidence (e.g., links to publications, samples of work, digital images or short video clips, and so on) that will assist the selection committee in judging the work. Supporting documentation should not exceed 25 pages.
  • The President of CTETE will be responsible for soliciting and collecting applications. The selection committee will consist of two representatives from the CTETE Executive Committee; one representative each from the ITEEA Board, the CC, and CSL Executive Committees; and (when possible) a prior recipient of the award. Selection will be by majority vote; when necessary, the CTETE President will break a tie vote.
  • The recipient of the Salinger Award will be announced at the annual ITEEA conference. The awardee will be notified in advance so that arrangements can be made for the recipient to receive the award in person. 

Award Resources