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

Past Faculty Recognition Award Winners

Jennifer Myers (2011-2012)

Tim Oxley (2012-2013)

Gwendolyn Jones (2013-2014)

Robin Payne (2014 - 2015)

Denice Kirchoff (2015-2016)

Leisa Muto (2016-2017)

Paul Reneau (2017-2018)

Jan Kiger (2018-2019)

Spencer Tyce (2019-2020)

Theresa Jones  (2020-2021)

Questions?

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

 

Faculty Recognition Award

Faculty Recognition Award

Purpose and History

     The Faculty Development Committee presents this award to honor excellence in teaching faculty and to encourage continuing efforts to excel. Because the committee does not believe that there is only one excellent teacher, effort has been made to eliminate as many of the “competitive” aspects of the award as possible. Recipients of the award will be faculty members who have demonstrated a sustained, energetic, and successful commitment to teaching. This commitment can be shown in various ways, depending on the particular discipline and teaching responsibilities. Since teaching is the most important responsibility of the faculty, the award is designed to recognize accomplishments in teaching, and not accomplishments in the other admittedly important areas of service or scholarship.

Eligibility

     Full-time faculty and faculty equivalent administrative professionals (FEAPs) who have not been recipients of the Faculty Recognition Award during the previous 5 years, whose primary duties are instructional, and who have a minimum of 2 years of service to Fairmont State University are eligible for nomination. Nomination for this award must come from either currently enrolled students, alumni, or peers. 

Award

An honorarium

Nomination Process

Those who nominate 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,  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:

  • The 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.

2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae 

3. At least one artifact and a one page (single-spaced) 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, both undergraduate and 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

  • One peer letter
  • One Dean, Associate Dean, or Department Chair letter

     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