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Fairmont State University Faculty Awards and Faculty Grant 2023-2024: Outstanding Adjunct Award

Past Outstanding Adjunct Award Winners

Amy Wilson (2008-2009)

Janet Floyd (2011-2012)

Rosalba Ovalle (2012-2013)

Madeline Sampson (2013-2014)

Ryan Frost (2014 - 2015)

Samantha Shaver (2015-2016)

Fonda Hawley (2016-2017)

Brittany Cuchta (2017-2018)

Paul Edwards (2018-2019)

Michael Richards (2019-2020)

Eric Pulice (2022-2023)

Jenny Santilli (2023-2024)







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Please make sure you have reviewed the eligibility, criteria, and deadline.


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

Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award

Outstanding Adjunct Award

Purpose and History

     The Faculty Development Committee presents this award to honor excellence in adjunct teaching faculty and to encourage adjunct faculty's 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 adjunct 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.


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



Nomination Process

     The nominator 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, December 1, 2023

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
  • 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 . (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. One Letter of Support from a Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair, or a peer

     In March, the Faculty Development Committee will review the materials submitted and select a recipient whose achievements are significant as well as representative of the high quality of performance demonstrated by all faculty.

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

Application Deadline

February 12, 2024