Emerging Educator Award

The NATA 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 or Exceed the following requirements for consideration:

1. NATA member in good standing.

2. A minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 10 years as a full-time athletic training faculty member.

3. NPI number (with appropriate taxonomy code).

4. Evidence of quality teaching. Evidence can include but is not limited to:

  • Nomination letters
  • Teaching awards
  • Summative course evaluations
  • Student engagement artifacts
  • Peer observations of teaching
  • Student awards (i.e., scholarships, university, professional organizations, etc.)

5. Evidence of education-related scholarly activity. Evidence can include but is not limited to:

  • Publications
  • Platform presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Grants
  • Workshops
  • Creative works and/or technology

6. Evidence of college/university work and/or service. Evidence can include but is not limited to:

  • Courses developed
  • Courses taught
  • Serving as a preceptor
  • Serving as program director and/or clinical education coordinator
  • Committee involvement
  • Capstone/thesis advisement

7. Evidence of contributions to athletic training education beyond the classroom and individual institution. Evidence can include but is not limited to:

  • CAATE peer reviewer or committee member
  • Contributions to BOC exam development
  • Consultant for athletic training education programs
  • Serving on state/regional/national education committees
  • Editor and/or reviewer for the Athletic Training Education Journal
  • Editor and/or reviewer for education textbooks, educational journals and/or other material



Application Guidelines

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

II. Each nominator in collaboration with the nominee is responsible for compiling a dossier supporting the nomination. The materials should include the items listed below:

  1. The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.
  2. A summary statement of the candidate’s contributions and impact on athletic training education written by the nominator (collaboration with the nominee is strongly encouraged).
  3. A letter of endorsement from the nominee’s supervisor (different from nominator).
  4. Where appropriate, each criterion should be supported by artifacts. Recommended artifacts include but are not limited to: a statement of teaching philosophy; additional letters of support; course evaluations; peer evaluations; evidence of honors and/or awards, scholarly activity and service.

III.  All candidates are reviewed by the selection committee, based on a weighted scale using the candidate criteria noted in this document. The chair of the NATA Executive Council for Education is not eligible for nomination.

IV.  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.

V.   The award need not be given every year if no candidates are deemed qualified for the award.

All nominations, including all materials identified in the Application Guidelines must be complete and submitted no later than March 8. Submit nominations to ece@nata.org.