AECT Robert deKieffer International Fellowship Award

The AECT Robert deKieffer International Fellowship Award is presented to an individual in recognition of professional leadership in the field of educational communications and technology in a foreign country.

Robert deKieffer was born in Chicago in 1916. His father died when he was only four years old. Bob was diagnosed with dyslexia so his mother encouraged him to study music which eventually lead him to Heidelberg, Germany after his high school graduation. Bob served as Concert Master of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra then he returned to the United States and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Northwestern University. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he earned his Ph.D. from State University of Iowa, where he established his reputation in the educational technology field with the study, "The Status of Teacher-Training in Audio-Visual Education in the Forty-Eight States", a forty year longitudinal study reported at ten-year intervals. Bob held positions with Stephens College in Missouri and the University of Oklahoma then, in 1954 Bob became the director of the Bureau of Audio-Visual Instruction at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he developed an extensive film collection, supported instructional television and eventually served as Dean of the Division of Continuing Education until his retirement in 1982. Always interested in leadership development, Bob served as AECT President and Chair of the ECT Foundation, giving many years of leadership and service to his profession.

  - must be a professional in any level position in educational communications and technology.
   -must be a member of AECT.
   -must reside outside the 50 states of the United States.

Review Criteria:
In addition to the eligibility criteria, the recipient must meet at least ONE of the following requirements which will be reviewed for quality, impact and achievement level based on evidence provided.
-Has conducted a major project or been involved in the advancement  of the field outside of the USA.
-Is recognized as a leader in the field in teaching, research and/or service.
-Has been instrumental and active in forging one or more professional partnerships between U.S and foreign countries.

An award committee appointed by the International Division will review nominations and recommend candidates.

Nomination Procedures:
To prepare a nomination, click the online nomination form link displayed below. Written statements in the nomination should address above eligibility and review criteria.
Recommendations from at least one and preferably three references should be submitted. Required contact information for references includes full name and email address along with additional information as provided.  Once submitted, an email will be sent to the references requesting comments via a link in the message.

Nomination Form: Click here to submit a nomination.

Nature of Award: A cash award of $400 and a plaque of achievement

Presentation: Presented during the awards ceremony at General Session at Convention.

Funding And Support: ECT Foundation

Nominations due by: Aug. 15, 2019

Award Management on behalf of AECT: International Division

Contact : Szu-Yueh Justine Chien, award coordinator,



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