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Shauna Schullo Best Distance Teaching Practices Award

Past Award Recipients

2012 Schullo Award Recipients

David Stein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Workforce Development and Education, The Ohio State University

Constance Wanstreet, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

David and Connie received the Schullo Award for their 2011 Conference Information Session: E-coaching and Feedback Practices to Promote Higher Order Thinking Online (link to paper)

2011 Schullo Award Recipient

Betsy Bannier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Chemistry/Mathematics Online

Lake Region State College

Betsy received the Schullo Award for her 2010 Conference Information Session: Understanding Our Adult, Undergraduate Learners: Designing Courses for Success (link to paper)

Katherine Hayden_Schullo Award 2010

2010 Schullo Award Recipient

Katherine Hayden, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Technology, School of Education
California State University San Marcos

Katherine is the first recipient of the Schullo Award based on her 2009 Conference Information Session: Best of the Best in Online Instruction: Effective Strategies for Designing Online Activities (link to paper)

2013 Award Recipients

Tina Stavredes, Ph.D. (right)

Managing Partner, Starting Point Education


Tiffany Herder, M.S. (left)

Senior Instructional Designer, Capella University

Tina Stavredes and Tiffany Herder received the Schullo Award for their 2012 Conference Information Session: Strategies and techniques to help students persist (link to paper).




Highlight Story (posted September 2012):

Mothers and daughters share many things in life. In this case, Tina Stavredes (mother) and Tiffany Herder (daughter) have shared career interests and recently co-presented at the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning held August 8-10 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tina Stavredes is the Vice President of Online Education at Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, Florida. Previously, she spent 10 years at Capella University serving in a number of leadership roles. 

Tiffany Herder is a Senior Instructional Designer at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tiffany graduated with a communication studies degree from the University of Minnesota but wasn't sure what she wanted to do next. Her mother, Tina, orchestrated an internship for her at Capella University. Tiffany really connected with the goal of providing high quality online learning to adult learners. As a smaller company at that time, she had an opportunity to try different roles and responsibilities. About four years later she realized that instructional design was her true passion.  She completed her Master's degree and has moved into Capella’s course development department.

During this time, her mother, Tina, completed a book with Jossey-Bass Publishing titled Effective Online Teaching: Foundations and Strategies for Student Success. Once her book was published, Tina decided the focus of her next book should be on effective online course design. She and Tiffany are currently under contract with Jossey-Bass to co-write Effective Online Course Design, scheduled for publication in 2013. 

The formation of their writing partnership led to co-presenting at the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. They presented an Information Session titled "Strategies and techniques to help online students persist." We look forward to this duo co-presenting again at a future conference!


About the award

This award was established in 2010 and is named in memory of our late colleague and distance educator, Shauna Schullo, Ph.D., to honor her commitment and contributions to the study and practice of distance education and her involvement with the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning.

This award is given out annually to honor an Information Session presenter from the previous year (eg. all 2011 Information Session presentations will be considered for this award which will be recognized at the 2012 conference).


Evaluation criteria


The following considerations will be reviewed to determine the award recipient:


Award recipient(s) will receive:

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