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Fairmont State University Faculty Awards and Grants 2021-2022: Boram Award

Past Boram Award Winners

Leland George (2008-2009)

Kenneth Millen-Penn (2010-2011)

Sharon Smith (2011-2012)

Debra Hemler (2012-2013)

Anne L. Patterson (2013-2014)

Andreas Baur (2014 - 2015)

Elizabeth Savage (2015-2016)

T. Jean Engebretson (2016-2017)

Erica Harvey (2017-2018)

Leisa Muto (2018-2019)

Julie Reneau (2019-2020)

James Vassil  (2020-2021)

 

Questions?

Please direct any questions about the awards to the Faculty Development Committee Chair

 

William A. Boram Award for Teaching Excellence

The William A. Boram Teaching Award

Eligibility

Full-time faculty are eligible for nomination who have not been recipients of the Boram Award during the previous five years, whose primary duties are instructional, and who have a minimum of five years of service to Fairmont State University.

The award is intended to honor and recognize outstanding achievements, unusual dedication, or accomplishments in teaching by full-time faculty at Fairmont State University.

The award winner will be the key speaker at next fall's Convocation.

Award

An honorarium

Nomination Process

This award requires nomination by a peer or a student who is currently enrolled at Fairmont State University. They should complete and submit the electronic nomination form explaining why the faculty member deserves consideration for the award. No anonymous nominations will be accepted, however, the nominator can choose whether his/her name will be disclosed to the nominee. The committee will ask faculty members who have been named if they will consent to the nomination.

Nomination Deadline

Friday, November 6, 2020

Selection Criteria

The committee hopes to obtain specific information about each nominee’s outstanding achievements in some or all of the following areas:

  • Ability to engage and inspire in students independent and original thinking
  • Active involvement in and guidance of student research projects (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Advising students with personal attention and care
  • The capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning as it pertains to teaching and learning

Application Process

Those who have been nominated for the award and decide to move forward (to be considered for the award) are required to submit the following materials.  Applications should be submitted via email to jnoland@fairmontstate.edu (Incomplete applications will be disqualified.)

1. Cover Letter (1-2 pages):

  • The most useful cover letter does more than list the contents and reiterate the letters of support. The cover letter should make a clear and persuasive case for why the Faculty Development committee should give the nominee the award by identifying the nominee’s strengths and talents in the areas listed under the Selection Criteria.  (This may include mention of the supporting artifact and items on one's curriculum vitae, mentioned below.) 

2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae 

3. At least one artifact and a description of how that artifact demonstrates the nominee's achievement in one of the areas listed in the selection criteria:

  • Ability to engage and inspire in students independent and original thinking
  • Active involvement in and guidance of student research projects (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Advising students with personal attention and care
  • The capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning as it pertains to teaching and learning

For example, below is how one nominee analyzed and reflected on student evaluation data which demonstrated capacity to reflect on action and engage in a process of continuous learning:

4. Two Letters of Support

  • 1 peer
  • 1 Dean, Associate Dean, or Department Chair

In March, the Faculty Development Committee will review the materials. Three members of the committee will independently score the application materials using the rubric associated with the award.  This will include a teaching observation, to be scheduled with the committee.

The awardee will be notified prior to the Spring Faculty Awards Banquet, when the name of the recipient will be announced to the greater Fairmont State community.

Application Deadline

January 10, 2021 (Portfolios due)