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EDUCAUSE Award Winners for 2008

EDUCAUSE has announced the recipients of its three 2008 awards. Winners will be honored during the annual conference, October 28–31, in Orlando. The award program is sponsored by SunGard Higher Education, An EDUCAUSE Platinum Partner.


The highest recognition that EDUCAUSE gives to individuals is its Leadership Award. This year the association is presenting this award to Joel L. Hartman, vice provost of information technologies and resources at the University of Central Florida.

Hartman has not only played a critical role in advancing the University of Central Florida's (UCF) innovative uses of technology, he has helped shape the impact of key technology organizations and been a mentor to many aspiring IT leaders. He has been a consultant to both public and private sector organizations, and has been active in the development of statewide education and research networks in Illinois and Florida. He has served on numerous state, regional, and national IT committees in areas including public broadcasting, distributed learning, and networking.

As CIO at UCF, Hartman's division—comprising Computer Services & Telecommunications, the Library, the Office of Instructional Resources, the Center for Distributed Learning, Course Development and Web Services, and the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness—successfully supports campus-wide technology, technology-enhanced learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Over the past decade, UCF's distributed learning program, Online@UCF, has been internationally recognized as one of the premier initiatives of its kind, with models and lessons learned being disseminated through extensive presentations, publications, and site visits, both nationally and internationally.

Hartman has published and spoken extensively, most notably on bridging technology, teaching, and learning. The ECAR research bulletin Blended Learning that he co-authored is one of the most extensively accessed online resources in ECAR history.

During Hartman's term as CIO, UCF has been recognized by many organizations for its integration of technology into the learning enterprise, having received, among other recognitions, the American Productivity and Quality Center award, the American Distance Learning Association award for Distance Learning Program Excellence, the Sloan-C Outstanding Individual in Distance Learning award, the Sloan-C award for Online Teaching and Learning Faculty Development, and the EDUCAUSE Teaching and Learning Award.

2008 EDUCAUSE Catalyst Award

The EDUCAUSE Catalyst Award recognizes innovations and initiatives centered on information technologies that provide groundbreaking solutions to major challenges in higher education, or that change prevailing conditions in remarkable ways so as to allow new solutions to be developed and deployed. This year's Catalyst Award recipient is the Regional Networks, an essential part of the collaborative dynamics that created the Internet.

Evolving from and supporting higher education consortia with roots in supercomputing research centers, the Regional Networks were able to solve formidable technical problems and create critical interoperability standards, develop and share organizational models, evangelize for new applications, and bring together diverse academic and corporate entities in a trusted network environment that had not existed before.

The Regional Networks formed an essential link in an unprecedented partnership that included the federal government's National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET), emerging campus networks, supercomputing centers at research institutions, and commercial network providers that were created to manage a nascent national backbone. These organizational players, in turn, followed the lead of the predecessor Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) of the U.S. Department of Defense. A project that had its roots in basic science and military research blossomed into a world-wide knowledge tool and economic engine.

The Regional Networks and their visionary pioneers shaped a concept into reality with government and corporate entities that ultimately benefited institutions of all types, sizes, and missions. Few enterprises in history have depended on such broad, deep, and sustained collaboration. Without the direct and catalytic impact of the Regional Networks, neither higher education nor the global information web could have been transformed as quickly and from the forms they were just two decades ago.

2008 EQ Contribution of the Year Award

This year's EDUCAUSE Quarterly Contribution of the Year Award goes to an article by Michael J. Albright, associate professor and director of online learning at Dakota Wesleyan University, and John Nworie, lead educational technology designer at Kent State University. Their winning article, "Rethinking Academic Technology Leadership in an Era of Change," points out that the senior academic technology officer (SATO) is integral to leading efforts in directing instructional technology adoption, organization of service and support, administration of the support unit, management of resources, and integration of the teaching and learning process in higher education—yet few campuses have an SATO in place. The article appeared in EQ, Volume 31, Number 1, 2008, pp. 14–23,

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EQ Thanks Departing Editorial Committee Members
EDUCAUSE extends its sincere thanks to departing committee members Timothy Chester (Pepperdine University), who served as chair in 2008; Wayne A. Brown (Johnson County Community College); Catherine Finnegan (Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia); James A. Jorstad (University of Wisconsin–La Crosse); and AJ Kelton (Montclair State University).