Horizons Awards

We are pleased to announce that Horizons is premiering three new annual awards in the games education landscape, one for teaching, service, and innovation.

Horizons is designed to support, highlight, and enhance the work done across games education––for students, professors, researchers, educators, and administrators. Educators and schools are the foundation that supports student growth and flourishing. Horizons wants to recognize this crucial role and highlight the importance of educators in the games ecosystem.


  • Teaching: This award is for an individual who has made an important impact in their work as a teacher and educator.
  • Service: This award is for an individual who has made important and impactful contributions to the field through service.
  • Innovation: This award is for any individual with an innovative approach, conducting innovative research, and/or fostering innovation in others.

Important Dates

  • Nominations open now and due by April 9th.
  • Recipients will be awarded during the live stream of the Horizons showcase on June 4th.

Eligibility and Nomination Process

  • Any and all game educators working in higher education are eligible. They do not need to be affiliated with an institution participating in Horizons. They do not need to be working at an institution of higher education; however, they must be working within the field of games and higher education.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.



American University
Bradley University
Falmouth University
Miami University
UC Santa Cruz
UC Irvine
University of Canterbury
University of Miami
University of Southern California


DePaul University
The University of Tulsa
George Mason University
Sheridan College
Kent State University
NYU Game Center


Western University
Art Center College of Design
Columbus College of Art and Design


Emmanuel College

Horizons is possible in part from support from the Knight Foundation

Horizons is a partnership of HEVGA and IndieCade

The Higher Education Video Game Alliance is the leading academic association advocating for the critical role video game programs play in higher education, industry, and government. Our mission is to create a platform for higher education leaders which will underscore the cultural, scientific, and economic importance of video game programs in colleges and universities.

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