The National Extension Technology Community (NETC) Award for Innovation recognizes individuals or teams who has demonstrated the innovative use of technology. The award honors the innovative use of technology integrated into the delivery of educational programs or in the administrative systems that support educational programs within the Cooperative Extension community.
One award will be presented each year given that nominations of sufficient substance are submitted. Each award winner will receive an engraved award and a framed certificate to be presented at the NETC Annual Conference.
Eligible professionals must be active members of the NETC and employed by an 1862, 1890, or 1994 land-grant institution for a minimum of two continuous years in a position whose assignments and workloads have focused significantly (effective FTE is 51% or more) on providing information technology services to Cooperative Extension programs. IT professionals are not eligible to compete for this award if they are a current member of the NETC Board.
Process and Timeline
A call for nominations will be issued in November of each year with the expectation that the award will be presented at the NETC Annual Conference the following year.
A standard nomination form, created and maintained by the NETC Board, will be used. In addition to the standard nomination form, each nomination must be accompanied by at least three letters of support.
The institution hosting the next NETC Annual Conference (the “Host Institution”) will be responsible for managing the nomination and selection processes with the guidance of the NETC Board.
The selection committee will review the nominations and, using a common rating sheet, will select the award recipient.
General timeline for nomination, selection and presentation of the award:
- a representative from each region as defined by the NETC Bylaws
- a representative from the institution hosting the next NETC Annual Conference
- selected past award winner(s).
The NETC Vice President will serve as the chair of the selection committee.