Foundation Seeking Faculty Awards Nominations

The Athens State University Foundation is currently seeking nominations for the Teaching Excellence Award and the Distinguished Research/Creative Work Award. The Foundation sponsors these two faculty awards annually. The recipient of each award will receive $1,000 and will be recognized at the Athens State University Honors Convocation the evening of May 4, 2018.  These awards are for truly distinguished teaching and research/creative work. Nominations are welcomed from students, faculty, deans, department heads, and administrators.

Letters of nomination should be addressed to the Foundation Faculty Awards Committee and include: the name and college of the nominated faculty member, the award category (teaching or scholarly work), and a description of the nominee’s qualifications for the award based on the award criteria.  The criteria for each award are provided below.  Please see Foundation Faculty Awards Criteria and Dossier Requirements 2017-2018.

Nomination letters should be submitted as an attached Word or PDF file through electronic mail to , chair of the Foundation Faculty Awards committee. Nominations must be submitted by end-of-day March 2, 2018. Upon receipt of the nomination letter, the nominee along with their department chair and dean will be notified.  Nominees who wish to be considered for the award are asked to prepare a dossier to be used by the Foundation Faculty Awards Committee to determine the winners.  Please see Foundation Faculty Awards Criteria and Dossier Requirements 2017-2018.

Criteria for the Teaching Excellence Award
Candidates for the Teaching Excellence Award must be full-time faculty members whose university careers are distinguished by truly outstanding performance in the classroom, and/or laboratory setting. Nominees for the award should have achieved recognition from students, colleagues, and administrators in the following areas:

  • Superior knowledge of subject matter
  • Teaching philosophy that exemplifies Athens State University’s vision and mission statement and goals of the instructor’s college and department
  • Focus on student learning and the integration of theory & practice
  • Imaginative, effective, and rigorous methods of presenting course materials and evaluating learning
  • Abiding concern for students’ advancement in a discipline, in the university, in the workplace, in the community
  • Ability to engender and nurture values of learning such as curiosity, objectivity, enthusiasm, fairness, and critical thinking in students
  • Record of producing students who by virtue of outstanding teaching, achieve great success throughout their university careers
  • Pedagogical/andragogical diligence, dedication, versatility, generosity, and creativity

Criteria for the Distinguished Scholarly/Creative Work Award
Candidates for the Distinguished Scholarly/Creative Work award must be full-time faculty members whose university careers are distinguished by truly outstanding scholarly or creative activity. Nominees for the award should have achieved recognition from peers and/or officials of peer-reviewed scholarly or creative work that:

  • Is credible, significant to the university or college, and be ongoing and current
  • Enhance faculty expertise in their discipline
  • Contributes to the faculty member’s discipline
  • Is published or placed
  • Results in lectures, presentations, etc.
  • Uses validated scholarly methodologies and analysis; For creative work, there should be evidence of originality of work
  • Is clear and complete