SEAS Faculty & Staff Award Descriptions and Criteria

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recognizes faculty and staff excellence through an awards program. Recipients are nominated by fellow faculty/staff and vetted by the SEAS Faculty Awards Committee or the SEAS Staff Awards Committee. 

Faculty Awards

Best Teaching Faculty of the Year Award

Description

This award is presented to teaching faculty member(s) whose recent teaching performance, initiatives, publications and/or presentations demonstrate outstanding contributions to education within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Eligible awardees must be full-time members of one of the School's departments/units and they must have an in-house title of Teaching Assistant Professor, Teaching Associate Professor, or Teaching Professor. The award recognizes outstanding performance during the past 5 years. A recipient may receive the award multiple times, but not more than once in 5 years. A maximum of two awards will be made each year.

Nomination

Each Chair may nominate up to three persons from his/her department for this award. A cover letter from the Chair (maximum 1 page) and recent CV (maximum 3 pages) must accompany the nomination, together with a citation paragraph which states succinctly why the individual being nominated is worthy of the award. Applications shall be considered by the SEAS Awards Committee. The nominee's name (with nomination materials) will be forwarded to the Dean for final approval.

Criteria

This award is designed to recognize a teaching faculty member with a documented record of teaching excellence over the previous 5 years. Descriptions of new teaching methods or initiatives and/or publications and presentations related to teaching may also be considered positive evidence of excellence. 

Deadline: November 1

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Staff Awards

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Unsung Hero Award

Description

Staff member who contributes significantly to a SEAS department, but whose role and support for the department may not be as visible a role as some others. Someone who has been out of the limelight and behind the scenes but vital to the department. (1 award)

Criteria

 3 or more years of service

  • Staff member who has made a difference in their department and whose efforts have helped department goals.
  • Mentors staff, faculty or students and contributes to the department or SEAS as a whole.
  • Someone who has created or implemented a vision for his/her domain on their own initiative without requiring recognition.
  • Demonstrates success of academic or workforce achievement that has been largely unnoticed but has had a powerful impact in the daily lives of faculty, staff and students.

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