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Distinguished Faculty Award

Purpose of award:
To recognize faculty of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for sustained outstanding professional achievement in at least two of the following areas:

  • Instructional Excellence
  • Scholarly/Creative Activity
  • Service.

It is expected that a nominee for this award will have received CAHSS awards in at least two of these three areas.  (Equivalent recognition to the CAHSS awards may be considered.)

Nomination/Application procedure:

  • Each department may nominate one of its faculty members for this award each year using its internal governance process. 
  • The department chair will inform the nominee by letter that he/she has been nominated.
  • If the nominee accepts the nomination, the department chair will notify the CAHSS office no later than 5:00 pm on December 21 of the current academic year.
  • The nominee will compile a packet of materials indicating the extent and significance of his/her achievements, due electronically to the CAHSS office no later than 5:00 pm, February 1 of the current academic year.
  • The packet should provide:
    • Thorough and pertinent professional biographical data and evidence supporting the fulfillment of the criteria cited below.
    •  It should also include a current vita and no more than ten pages of other relevant supporting materials.
    • Student and alumni comments and recommendations are encouraged
  • The department chair will provide a chair letter of support, accompanied by the original nomination letter, as part of the packet.

Criteria for the Selection of Recipients

Teaching Excellence

This criterion may include recommendations by alumni, students, and colleagues; development of innovative programs; recognition and awards for teaching by professional or university organizations; professional success of former students; and basic concern for students as shown through the quality of lectures and other in-class activities, availability to students, and contact outside the classroom. Candidate will ordinarily have received the CAHSS Excellence in Teaching Award or equivalent recognition.

Scholarly/Creative Activity

Sustained achievements over time as a teacher, scholar, performer, or creator. Examples of such achievement include, but are not limited to, publications, exceptional artistic achievements, and contributions to the expansion of knowledge. Candidate will ordinarily have received the CAHSS Scholarly/Creative Activity Award or equivalent recognition.

Service Activities

Outstanding University Service: Included in this category is distinguished service on university committees and/or external university assignments (e.g., an appointment as a UCM representative to a governor’s committee or council).

Professional Activities: This includes, but is not limited to, active participation and leadership in professional organizations and/or evidence of growth and the pursuit of excellence in the nominee’s discipline or related interest. 

Candidate will ordinarily have received the CAHSS Meritorious Service Award or equivalent recognition.