ePortfolio Awards Luncheon Honors Exceptional Students and Faculty

2018 ePortfolio Student Award Winners

Award winners pictured with Provost Bill Hardgrave, from left to right: Brent Warr, Provost Bill Hardgrave, Jessica Gilpin.

Published May 11, 2018
Office of University Writing

On May 1, the ePortfolio Project at Auburn University named two Auburn students—Jessica Gilpin and Brent Warr—as recipients of the Outstanding ePortfolio Award for their exceptional ePortfolios. Winners of this award have demonstrated excellence in creating ePortfolios directed toward the professional audiences in their respective fields. These students received the honor during the fifth annual ePortfolio Awards Luncheon hosted by Provost Bill Hardgrave and the Office of University Writing’s ePortfolio Project.

A committee of faculty and students reviewed nominations from disciplines across the university and selected the winners based on the four primary learning outcomes of the ePortfolio Project: effective communication, critical thinking through reflection, visual literacy, and technical competence.

In addition to honoring students, several Auburn faculty were recognized at the awards luncheon. Forestry and Wildlife Sciences faculty Becky Barlow and John Kush, Kelly Bryant and Wei Wang from Industrial and Graphic Design, and Leslie Cordie from Adult Education were presented with the Gary Brown ePortfolio Faculty Cohort Award, which recognizes faculty members who exhibit a spirit of collaboration and joint ownership for implementing ePortfolios. The award is named in honor of Dr. Gary Brown, a national leader in innovative teaching and the use of ePortfolios.

eP 2018 Faculty Award Winners

Gary Brown Award winners with Provost Bill Hardgrave, from left to right: John Kush, Becky Barlow, Leslie Cordie, Provost Bill Hardgrave, Kelly Bryant, Wei Wang

Last year, the American Association of Colleges and Universities recognized ePortfolios as a High Impact Practice. The university selected ePortfolios as its QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) in 2012 and has been working with faculty to integrate ePortfolios into the curriculum across disciplines, promoting deeper learning and engagement among students.

The ePortfolio Project has generated a multitude of conference papers, publications, and webinars from Auburn faculty and staff, and the Office of University Writing often serves as a resource for institutions across the region, nation, and world that are working to launch ePortfolios on their campuses. Provost Hardgrave noted, “That we can rise to such a visible position of leadership in only five years bodes very well for the future of the Project and the future of Auburn.”

The ePortfolio Project is a campus-wide initiative that offers Auburn students the opportunity to create personal websites that communicate and showcase skills, experiences, and learning. Students can use their sites to contextualize the diverse portfolio of work they have created at Auburn for different audiences.

More information about the ePortfolio Project can be found at

Archived Press Releases:

May 8, 2017 – 2017 ePortfolio Awards Luncheon Press Release

May 9, 2016 – 2016 ePortfolio Awards Luncheon Press Release

May 8, 2015 – 2015 ePortfolio Awards Luncheon Press Release

May 1, 2014 – 2014 ePortfolio Awards Luncheon Press Release

For more information about the ePortfolio Project and how to get involved, click here.