SEAS Faculty & Staff Award Descriptions and Criteria

2016 faculty awards reception

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

Nominations

Nominees (individuals or teams) should demonstrate one or more of the attributes described in the award criteria at the highest levels of contribution, impact, and excellence in relation to SEAS Strategic Goals and UB2020 Goals. With supportive examples, describe why and how the nominee(s) merits special recognition. Please submit a document that addresses the following:

  1. Nominee Name, Department, Job Title, Supervisor Name
  2. Nominator (can be staff or faculty) Name(s), Department(s), Title(s)
  3. Duration of time you have worked with nominee(s) (minimum of 1 year)
  4. Describe how the nominee(s) demonstrates the attributes and impacted contributions in relation to SEAS and UB2020 Goals with supportive examples, based on criteria. (maximum 2 pages)
  5. Nominee may not have any formal disciplinary action within 12 months prior to nomination date.
  6. Nominee, may be full or part time (minimum .5 FTE), from any classification, and any paid entity.
  7. No re-nomination for a minimum of 3 years for any award category for all prior awardees.
  8. No re-nomination for the same award, for prior awardees.
  9. Please send all nominations to your Department Chair, Associate Dean, or Dean, who will pass it on to the appropriate Departmental Committee member.

     

Deadline for all
Staff Awards:

November 16

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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