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News Release: ITEEA Announces William E. Dugger Exemplary Collaboration Award

September 11, 2018

ITEEA is pleased to announce the William E. Dugger Exemplary Collaboration Award in Technology and Engineering Education, which was created to honor the life’s work of Dr. William E. (Bill) Dugger, Jr. Dr. Dugger’s noteworthy collaboration with classroom teachers, teacher educators, professional association leaders, school administrators, and policy makers affords him a place of respect earned by very few within the Technology and Engineering Education profession.

The award will be presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to Technology and Engineering Education through collaboration. Special weight will be given to those whose efforts have been significantly influenced through direct collaboration with Dr. Dugger or one of Dr. Dugger’s collaborators. This award is open to Pre-K through university educators, administrators, and others who are ITEEA members and whose contributions are consistent with the selection criteria.

For almost 60 years, with grace, modesty, and dignity, Dr. Dugger guided the development of landmark standards documents, conducted periodic Status of Technology and Engineering Education studies, and toward the end of his long and productive career, conducted a five-year Learn Better by Doing study. He served as President of our professional association the year it changed its name from the American Industrial Arts Association to the International Technology Education Association (1984-85). He also served as the Phi Delta Kappa International Board of Directors District VIII representative from 1992-1998 and as an Emeritus Professor of the College of Human Resources and Education at Virginia Tech. He was the ITEEA Senior Fellow from 2005-2018.

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be judged on the strength and effectiveness of their collaborative efforts and how the collaboration has exemplified, promoted, investigated, and/or enhanced teaching and learning in Technology and Engineering Education. Special consideration will be given to those nominees who can demonstrative that their collaborative work came as a result of interaction

with Dr. Dugger, or with one or more of Dr. Dugger’s collaborators. Collaborative work can be demonstrated through research on teaching and learning, curriculum and instructional development, teacher enhancement, development of improved pedagogical practices, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and/or promotion of the affordances of Technology and Engineering Education to broad audiences within or external to the field.


The award application is now open to ITEEA members at Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2018. The recipient of the William E. Dugger Exemplary Collaboration Award will be announced at the annual ITEEA conference. The awardee will be notified in advance so that arrangements may be made for the recipient to receive the award in person at the conference.


The award recipient will receive a complementary ITEEA conference registration in the year the award is to be presented. Additionally, the awardee will receive a framed certificate and public recognition at the ITEEA annual conference along with a complimentary Awards and Recognition Program ticket. An announcement will be posted on the ITEEA website. A letter will be sent to the awardee’s supervisor (where applicable) by the ITEEA President, acknowledging the award.


ITEEA’s Foundation for Technology and Engineering Education welcomes contributions on behalf of Dr. Dugger to offset the expenses associated with the award. To make a contribution, go to

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