Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award


  1. The 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 COT Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award only once in three years.
  2. Faculty may be nominated by other faculty, or may nominate themselves for this award. Nominators should feel free to resubmit previous nominations. COT Outstanding Faculty Awards Selection Committee members who nominate other faculty will not have a vote in the category from which they have submitted a nomination.

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 of not more than two pages documenting outstanding contributions to graduate education. The dossier should be accompanied by a one-page overview of the nominee’s contributions. 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, acquisition of directed projects, 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.
  • Exemplary service as chair on directed project committees.

This list should not be considered exhaustive or restrictive.

The Awards Selection 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 Awards Selection Committee. The Awards Selection Committee will consist of three faculty members, one from each department, who were past recipients of the awards, beginning with the most recent recipient, and three faculty members, one from each department, selected by each Department Head.

The Committee Chair will be selected by the Committee members during the first meeting. The Committee will use the above criteria, along with quality of nominating materials, for selecting the award recipient.

Nomination Due: February 9, 2015

Award to be Announced: College of Technology Spring Convocation

Submission for Awards: March 2, 2015

Rev 1-27-15