The UMass Lowell Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching is designed to honor individual early career faculty members who exemplify a deep commitment to excellence in teaching. UMass Lowell prides itself on outstanding teaching and recognizes the efforts made by professors to make their classes engaging and to enhance learning outcomes. In recent years, technology and pedagogical theory have evolved, with new ways to promote class participation with improved outcomes. Implementation involves further innovation for translation to specific topics and for differing groups of students. The university appreciates the time and effort involved in modifying and testing new teaching methods.