Jessica Nicklin, Christopher Cerasoli, Claire Varga, and R.J. McGivney, along with co-author Laurel McNall, have been selected to receive the prestigious 2017 Wedemeyer Award for Innovative Research in Distance Education and Training. The Wedemeyer Award and honorarium, selected by a committee at the University of Wisconsin, honors either an outstanding article published in the American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE) or in alternating years, an outstanding distance education practitioner.
The award was presented for their paper titled "Teaching Online: Applying Need Theory to the Work–Family Interface" published in 2016. This ground-breaking research, inspired in part by recent efforts of the University to expand online offerings, explores the experience of online teaching from the instructors' perspective. They found that improving the experience of online instructors is associated with better outcomes for both instructors and students.
Jessica Nicklin is the Belle K. Ribicoff endowed professor, an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and an associate professor of psychology.
Laurel McNall is an associate professor of psychology at the College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Christopher Cerasoli is a consultant with The Group for Organizational Effectiveness, Inc. (gOE), a management consulting firm. His clients include the U.S. Army, Air Force, NASA, and over a third of FORTUNE 100 companies.
Claire Varga is an adjunct professor and doctoral candidate in the department of psychology.
R.J. McGivney is the Dean of University Programs, and a graduate of the University.