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. 

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Faculty Awards

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Early Career Teacher of the Year Award

Description

This award is presented to an early career 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 untenured at the Assistant Professor level. Additionally, they must have been at UB for a 3-year period. A faculty member may receive the Early Career Teacher Award only once. 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 an early career faculty member with a documented record of teaching excellence over the previous 3 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: February 1

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 UB Top 25 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 UB Top 25 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:
February 18th

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SEAS for JEDI Staff Award

Description

This award recognizes faculty and staff members who are outstanding advocates for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in SEAS. (A maximum of two awards will be made each year.)

Criteria

Efforts may include the following:

  • Collaboration with colleagues in SEAS, across campus or beyond
  • Leadership in identifying and dismantling barriers to JEDI for students, faculty, or staff in SEAS
  • Innovations that advance JEDI in SEAS
  • Modeling a culture of inclusion and belonging through one’s own professional interactions and relationships
  • The creation of a project, initiative or program that supports and uplifts marginalized SEAS students, faculty, or staff

Note: Colleagues who do diversity work as part of their professional responsibility are eligible to be nominated. However, nominators must detail how nominees have exceeded expectations in relation to the award criteria as well as how they have gone over and above their professional responsibility to advance JEDI in SEAS.