Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence

Description
Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence were created to recognize, promote, and honor outstanding members of our community for excellence in teaching, research & scholarship, social impact, and diversity & inclusion. The Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence are presented to award winners at May Commencement.

Process
Nominations Due: December 15
To nominate a faculty member, please write a letter explaining why the person is competitive for the award that directly responds to the relevant award criteria, and submit it to Facaward@gmu.edu. The letter should be no more than 2 pages long. Nominees must be Instructional/Research faculty and should have been at Mason for at least 6 years. Please note that self-nominations are not permitted and no individual will be considered for more than one award in any given year.

Criteria
Excellence in Teaching Criteria
Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The care and rigor that our best teachers bring to each lesson fosters enthusiasm that will launch a lifetime of critical thinking. This begins in our classrooms, labs, and studios, where faculty work closely with students. The John Toups Medal for Excellence in Teaching will be presented annually to a faculty member whose teaching inspires and stimulates students in the finest tradition of higher education.

Submissions will be evaluated in light of evidence in the following areas:
• Growth and development as an educator
• Student and learner engagement
• Assessment of student learning and teaching effectiveness
• Evidence of transformative impact

Excellence in Research & Scholarship
Outstanding research – defined to include research, scholarship and creative works – is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The commitment that our best researchers, scholars and artists bring to activities that advance or better yet, transform the knowledge and creative frontiers are essential to the University’s continuing success as a public research university and to optimal student learning outcomes at all levels. The Beck Family Medal for Excellence in Research & Scholarship was created by the Office of the President to recognize extraordinary contributions to research, scholarship and creative works. The award is presented annually to a faculty member in any discipline whose contributions represent groundbreaking advances in their field.

Submissions will be evaluated in light of evidence in the following areas:
• Evidence of new knowledge impact
• Dissemination and communication of findings and ideas
• Meaningful consequences of research/scholarship for society

Excellence in Social Impact
Outstanding impact in society is an integral part of Mason’s mission – the University aspires to be not the best university in the world, but the best university for the world. Consistent with the ideals of the Carnegie Foundation, this award recognizes outstanding efforts in contributing to “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” The Earle C. Williams Medal for Excellence in Social Impact is presented annually to a faculty member in any discipline whose commitment to community service and impact inspires students, improves the quality of life in our region, and serves as a model to the entire Mason Nation.

Submissions will be evaluated in light of evidence in the following areas:
• Engagement in reciprocal, collaborative activities with community stakeholders, such as volunteerism, service-learning, community-based research, and/or other educational programming
• Visible, lasting, and sustainable impact on the community
• Commitment to the social, geographic, economic, cultural, and/or environmental betterment of the community

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion represent core values of George Mason University, where we aspire to respect differences and include and embrace a multitude of people and ideas in everything we do. The Karen & Hector Alcalde Medal for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion was created by the Office of the President to recognize extraordinary contributions in research – defined to include research, scholarship and creative works– teaching, and/or service that directly advance diversity and inclusion within and outside of the Mason community.

Submissions will be evaluated in light of evidence in the following areas:
• The infusion of diversity and inclusion in curriculum and/or instructional approaches
• Intentional support for the academic success and well-being of diverse students
• Research, scholarship, and/or creative work that promote diversity and inclusion
• Efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion locally, nationally, and/or internationally

Composition of Review Team
A team of faculty representatives and senior leaders from relevant areas (Office of Diversity, Compliance and Ethics; Research Council; Social Impact, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and prior Award Recipients), led by the Presidential Fellow and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development, will comprise the Presidential Awards committee and will solicit nominations annually.

Contact
For more information, contact Jaime Lester (jlester2@gmu.edu) or Kim Eby (keby1@gmu.edu).