Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award


  1. Nominees must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track member of the Graduate Faculty for a minimum of ONE year at the time of nomination and must have taught at least TWO graduate courses during the preceding two years. A faculty member may receive the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award only once in three years.
  2. Faculty may be nominated by other faculty, or may nominate themselves for this award.  Awards committee members and/or department heads may not nominate other faculty and remain on the awards committee.  Awards committee members for this year are Dean, Department heads, the prior year’s recipient, and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. 

Evaluation Criteria

  1. The emphasis for this award is placed on outstanding teaching, mentoring or research efforts in the graduate program.
  2. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of a dossier not more than two pages documenting outstanding contributions to graduate education. The dossier should provide specific evidence of outstanding performance in one or more, not necessarily all, of the categories listed below:
    • Commitment to academic excellence through innovative instructional delivery and/or development of graduate instructional programs.
    • Attention to individual student needs, interests, and development through such items as job placement or acquisition of directed projects or industry contacts or recruiting.
    • Advising and mentoring of students.
    • Involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development.
    • Consideration of classroom teaching in courses in which students are enrolled for graduate credit.
    • Scholarly work and/or Research and grant activity for graduate courses or program. and/or
    • Exemplary service as chair on directed project committees.

This list should not be considered exhaustive or restrictive.

The committee will consider any and all outstanding contributions to graduate and/or professional education described by the materials provided. The magnitude of an outstanding contribution in one area may compensate for little contribution in other areas.

Evaluation Procedure

The completed nomination packages will be reviewed by the School’s Awards Committee. The committee will use the above criteria, along with quality of nominating materials, for selecting the award recipient. The dossier should be accompanied by a one-page overview of the nominee’s contributions.

Nomination Due:  January 31, 2014

Award to be Announced: College of Technology Spring Event

Solicitation for Awards: January 2014