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.

Cycle
Nominations Due: February
Individuals for whom nominations have been received will be notified by February 9th. Nominees who wish to be considered for an award will be asked to submit a single file including a current CV and a 5-page statement that directly responds to the relevant award criteria no later than February 28th.

Date of Notification: March
In March, the Presidential Awards committee will review applications according to the criteria and make recommendations to the committee. Winner photographs and bios will be provided to commencement leaders by March 30th.

Process
Nominations and Applications
To nominate a faculty member, please write a brief paragraph explaining why the person is competitive for the award and submit it to Facaward@gmu.edu. 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 Award 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 Buddy Beck Award for Excellence in Research 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 Mathy Award 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 Award 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 (CTFE, Research Council, ODCE, Social Impact, Entrepreneurship and Innovation), led by the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Enrichment, will comprise the Presidential Awards committee and will solicit nominations annually.

Contact
For more information, contact Eden King (eking6@gmu.edu) or Kim Eby (keby1@gmu.edu).