Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology

About the Award

The Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology recognizes the faculty member or team that best exemplifies innovation in teaching by use, development, or adaptation of technology. The award celebrates innovation that results in positive learning outcomes for undergraduate students and that is recognized or adopted by faculty colleagues within or outside Boston University. Each year, the Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee selects a Gitner Award winner who receives a $10,000 prize. The award is conferred at the annual Celebration of Teaching, Research, and Scholarship. Learn more about the committee here.

Letters of Nomination

Nomination letters (about one page) should briefly describe the technology that was used or created, why its use is innovative, in what class(es) it was employed, in what classes it will be used in the future, and what its impact has been beyond the faculty member/team’s particular course(s).  Finalists will present or demonstrate their innovation at a session open to the University community during the spring semester, date and time to be announced.


The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2020 Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching and Technology is Friday, October 4, 2019. The call for nominations for the 2021 Gitner Award will go out in mid July 2020, and again at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester. If you have any questions about the Gitner Award, please email the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at apundergrad@bu.edu.


To be eligible, a faculty member must:

  • Have held a full-time, continuing appointment on the teaching faculty for not less than six semesters;
  • Not be currently under review for promotion or tenure;
  • Not be on sabbatical leave or leave of absence during the spring semester of the current academic year;
  • Not be a previous winner of the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology.

Lecturers are eligible, as are teams led by at least one eligible faculty member.

Pedagogical innovations must be demonstrated effective in at least one course, and it must be clear that they will be used again regularly.

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  • […] This attention-grabbing instruction won him a Mathematical Association of America teaching award in 2001. Now, his work codeveloping software called DETools to better teach differential equations has earned him BU’s second annual Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innnovation in Teaching with Technology. […]