SIDLIT Awards through the Years
By Angela Glascock, USD 310
After a little digging and a walk down memory lane for some of us, it seemed like a good time to report about the history of the SIDLIT awards. Special thanks to Meg McGranaghan, Jonathan Bacon and Dennis King who answered a number of questions on very short notice in order to make this article as accurate as possible and an extra special thanks goes to Shalin Hai-Jew for the original idea to write it all down for posterity. The disclaimer that goes with this article is that we’re pretty sure about most of the information but not completely certain about some of it, so we’re going with our best knowledge. That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.
As a part of the Heartland Alliance, Colleague to Colleague (C2C) was formed in 1998. The first SIDLIT conference, sponsored by C2C, was in 2000. After SIDLIT was fairly well established, the awards were added in 2002.
The first winner for Excellence in Leadership went to Jonathan Bacon (JCCC), Outstanding Online Course to Dr. Kim Karr (BCCC), and Outstanding Technical Support to Kay Shireman (ESU). There may also have been a winner of the Outstanding Online Instructor Award but that information has disappeared from memory. If anyone remembers, we’d be happy to know and add to the history!
Since inception, SIDLIT has been held on the Johnson County Community College campus except for a few years when it was located at the University of Kansas Edwards campus.
The Outstanding Online Course Award only lasted six years because it was so difficult to get access to view the courses nominated due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and permission from each college or university. At the point the Outstanding Online Course Award was discontinued, the name for the Outstanding Online Instructor Award changed to the Innovation in Teaching Award.
From 2001 through 2008, the leadership award was simply called the Excellence in Leadership Award but before the 2009 awards, several on the Steering Committee thought it would be a good idea to change the name to honor Jonathan Bacon who had been the president of C2C for about four or five years and done an outstanding job. At the ceremony to announce the change of name, Jonathan did protest the renaming because the award was presented as The Jonathan Bacon Memorial Award. Jonathan was not ready to be memorialized since he was still quite alive (and still is) so the award was officially changed to be called The Jonathan Bacon Leadership Award.
Criteria for selection in each of these categories is close to the same as the original awards but has been tweaked and formalized through the years. Below is a chart of all of the winners for whom we have records and the names of the awards as they changed.
|Year||Excellence in Leadership Award||Outstanding Online Instructor Award||Outstanding Online Course Award||Outstanding Technical Support Award|
|2001-02||Jonathan Bacon, Johnson County Community College||(Not certain)||Dr. Kim Karr, Butler County Community College||Kay Shireman, Emporia State University|
|2002-03||Dr. John Ziegler, Emporia State University||Dr. Karolyn Kells, Fort Hays State University||Mike Brotherton, Labette Community College||Kay Shireman, Emporia State University|
|2003-04||Rob Caffey, Kansas State University||Dr. Joella Mehrhof, Emporia State University||Chuck Fann (Criminal Justice) Fort Hays State University||Mitch Weber, Fort Hays State University|
|2004-05||Glen McNeil, Interim Chair of Health and Human Performance, Fort Hays State University||Alan Featherstone (Agricultural Economics), Kansas State University||Jodie Wear-Leiker, Fort Hays State University|
|2005-06||Dr. Elizabeth Unger, Kansas State University||Dr. Beth Walizer, Fort Hays State University||Bryan Vandiviere, Kansas State University|
|2006-07||Meg McGranaghan, Director of Instructional Technology, Butler Community College||Dorothy Ochs, Fort Hays State University||Julie Cotter, Johnson County Community College||Julie Rorabaugh, Instructional Technologist, Cowley County Community College|
|Innovation in Teaching Award|
|2007-08||Anita Mills, Nursing, Butler Community College||Robert Walker, Associate Professor, Music, Labette Community College||Linda Wapelhorst, Assistant Director, Instructional Technology, Butler Community College|
Grant James, University of Kansas Medical Center
|Jonathan Bacon Leadership Award|
|2008-09||Dr. Chris Crawford, Fort Hays State University||Jeff Merritt, Johnson County Community College||Brenda Wilson, University of Central Missouri|
|2009-10||Dr. Leo Hirner, Director, Distance Education, Metropolitan Community College||Dr. Zeni Colorado, Assistant Professor, Emporia State University||Julie Smith, Online System Administrator, Butler Community College|
|2010-11||Dr. Ed Lovitt, Assistant Dean, Distance Learning, Johnson County Community College||Mark Jarvis, Humanities and Fine Arts Instructor, Butler Community College||Anibal Pacheco, Multimedia Specialist, Barton Community College|
|2011-12||Sue Maes, Dean, Continuing Education, Kansas State University||Christa Weigel, Assistant Professor, Allied Health, Fort Hays State University||Terry Keeling, Manager, Instructional Services, University of Kansas Medical Center|
|2012-13||Greg Rose, Director of Operations, Park University||Debra Erickson, Biology, Allen Community College||Phyllis Epps, Manager, Tech Training and Instructional Support, Kansas State University|
|2013-14||Marcus Childress, PhD, Professor and Program Director, Instructional Design and Technology, Emporia State University||Linda Yarrow, RD, LD, CDE, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University||Kathryn Barker, Instructional Designer, Metropolitan Community College|
|2014-15||Adam Holden, Fort Hays State University||Beth Toland, Allen Community College||Ben Ward, Kansas State University|
About the Author
Angela Glascock is a Business teacher, Assessments Coordinator, and Jill-of-All-Trades for Fairfield Schools, USD 310. She has worked in education for 24 years both in secondary and post-secondary as a business/math/computer teacher and instructional designer. Her degrees are B.S. Business Administration, B.A. Secondary Education, and M.S. Instructional Design & Technology.
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