Emerging Educator Award

The Emerging Educator Award honors an individual who is an up-and-coming athletic training educator and has demonstrated excellence in values toward education and teaching abilities. The recipient excels in delivering and promoting athletic training education through various means at the local and regional levels.


Candidate Criteria

Individuals must meet the following requirements to be nominated for the award:

  1. Current certified NATE Member in good standing.
  2. Recognition as a member of a teaching faculty in athletic training for a minimum of three years and no more than 10 years.
  3. Minimum recognition of service at the state or regional level in professional organizations related to the field of athletic training in the past five years.
  4. College/university work or service, which can include, but isn’t limited to:
    • Courses developed
    • Courses taught
    • Serving as a preceptor
    • Serving as program director and or clinical education coordinator
    • Committee involvement
    • Capstone/thesis advising
  5. A minimum of three years of contributions to athletic training education beyond the classroom and individual institutions, which can include, but isn’t limited to:
    • CAATE site visitor and or reviewer
    • Contributions to CAATE Standards and Guidelines development
    • Contributions to BOC exam development
    • Consultant for athletic training education programs
    • Serving on state/regional/national education committees
    • Member of NATA Executive Council for Education
    • Editor and/or reviewer for the Athletic Training Education Journal
    • Editor and/or reviewer for education textbooks, educational journals and/or other materials
    • Research activities
  1. Evidence related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, which can include, but isn’t limited to:
    • Platform presentations
    • Poster presentations
    • Workshops
    • Publications
    • Creative works, such as technology
  2. Evidence of quality teaching, which can include, but isn’t limited to:
    • Teaching awards
    • Nomination letters
    • Summative course evaluations
    • Student engagement artifacts
    • Peer observations of teaching
    • Student awards (i.e., scholarships, university, professional organizations, etc.)


The chair of the NATA Executive Council for Education is not eligible for nomination.


Application Guidelines

  1. The nomination can be made by any athletic trainer, student, administrator or faculty member of a college/university.

  2. Each nominator, in collaboration with the nominee, is responsible for compiling a dossier supporting the nomination. The materials should include the items listed below:
    • Three letters of support for the candidate’s nomination. One letter can be from the nominator and one must be from current student(s)/alumni. Other letters can be from administrators, committee chairs, colleagues, etc. Letters should address the criteria noted in the candidate criteria section.
    • The candidate’s curriculum vitae.
    • A summary statement from the nominee of their contributions and impact on athletic training education.
    • Artifacts of teaching are highly recommended (for example: peer observations, online course designs, summative course evaluations, trended data, teaching philosophy statement, etc.).


Each candidate will be rated by the selection committee based on a weighted scale using the candidate criteria noted in this document. Therefore, when compiling the dossier, these criteria should be kept in mind. Where appropriate, each criterion should be followed by examples to support the nominee.

Each nominee will be judged on their overall impact on athletic training education, including impact on students, structure and delivery of athletic training education and the impact the nominee has made on athletic training education field of study.

  • No more than two candidates will be selected in a calendar year.
  • Once nominated, the candidate's dossier will be kept on file for a two-year period and considered both years, if not selected in the first year.
  • The award doesn’t need to be given every year if there isn’t a candidate deemed qualified for the award.
  • All candidates are reviewed by members of the selection committee who are appointed by the Professional Education Committee. The candidates will be judged on a rating scale relative to the criteria listed in the candidate criteria section.


All recommendations, including all materials identified in the Application Guidelines must be complete and submitted no later than March 2. Submit nominations to ece@nata.org