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Faculty Recognition

Honoring Excellence

The Office of the Provost is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Mason's distinguished faculty through official recognition. Fairness and a transparent peer review process are central to the decision making process.


Teaching, Mentoring, and Advising Awards

Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award

Recognizes and rewards excellence among adjunct faculty members for course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.

Teaching Excellence Award

Recognizes and rewards excellence among full-time faculty members for course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.

David J. King Teaching Award

Recognizes a faculty member who has made significant, long-term contributions to the overall educational excellence of the university.

Digital Learning Award

Recognizes both a faculty and a staff member whose efforts support quality online course offerings for the university.

OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Awards

Recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason community members who mentor undergraduate students in their research and creative work and who foster a culture of student scholarship on campus.

Academic Advisor of the Year Award

Recognizes and rewards undergraduate academic advisors who have had a positive impact on students and recognizes excellence in advising across the Mason community.

Research Awards

Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Award

Recognizes faculty members who show exceptional promise in their disciplines or fields of study.

Description
Recognizes faculty members who show exceptional promise in their disciplines or fields of study.

Cycle
Application or Nomination Due: Spring

Date of Notification: Fall

Criteria
• Received terminal degree within the last ten years
• Employed at Mason for at least three years
• Have growing national and international recognition for outstanding work in their field

Contact

For more information, please contact the Office of Research at 703-993-2268.

Faculty Excellence Awards

University Professors

Recognizes current members of the faculty of great national or international reputation whose substantial research, scholarship, or arts credentials have set them apart.

Criteria
Application or Nomination Criteria
The criteria for such appointments include substantial research or scholarship or arts credentials, as appropriate to the discipline.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Office of the Provost at 703-993-8770.

Presidential Medals for Faculty Excellence

Recognizes one faculty member annually in each of four categories – teaching, research and scholarship, social impact, and diversity and inclusion.

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).

 

SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award

Sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Outstanding Faculty Awards recognize and reward excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and public service among Virginia institutions. The process of selecting and managing Mason’s nominees is coordinated by the Office of the Provost.

Description
Sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Outstanding Faculty Awards recognize and reward excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and public service among Virginia institutions. It is the highest honor presented to college and university faculty in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Cycle
Application or Nomination Due: September

Date of Notification: December

Criteria
Application or Nomination Criteria:
To nominate a faculty member, please write a brief letter explaining why the person is competitive for the award. The nomination process is managed by Kim Eby, Associate Provost for Faculty Development.

Decision Making Criteria
Nominees must possess a superior record of accomplishments that reflects strongly the mission of the institution. Evidence of superior accomplishment in each of four areas of scholarly endeavor are required:
• Teaching
• Discovery
• Integration of Knowledge
• Service

Composition of Review Team
The review team consists of faculty and administrative representatives, including prior SCHEV award winners.

Contact
For more information, visit SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Distinguished Service Professors

Recognizes individuals whose careers have had a major impact on their field or on the university community that goes well beyond ordinary levels of service.

Description
This distinction recognizes individuals whose careers have had a major impact on their field or on the university community that goes well beyond ordinary levels of service.

Cycle
Individuals are recommended by a dean or director and appointed by the Provost.

Criteria
Application or Nomination Criteria:
The criteria for such appointments include extraordinary level of impact, sustained contributions to the good of the university and the academic unit, and/or significant contributions to the field that extend beyond the boundaries of the university.

Contact

Please contact the Office of the Provost at 703-993-8770 for more information.

Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Recognizes a library faculty for their exceptional performance in their scholarship and service.

Cycle

Application or Nomination Due: February

Criteria
Application or Nomination Criteria
Complete nomination packets must include a nomination letter, a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference.

Evaluation Criteria
Applicants will be considered by the performance of their professional duties, as well as by their scholarly and service contributions to the academic research library field, and to higher education.

Composition of Review Team
The review team is composed of two faculty members from the Librarian’s Council, two faculty members from the Management Advisory Council, and one faculty member from the University Librarian’s Council.

Contact
For more information, please contact Deborah Hogan at dhogan1@gmu.edu.

Michael W. Nickens embracing president Angel Cabrera during Commencement ceremony.

Michael W. Nickens, "Doc Nix," director of athletic bands, School of Music, recipient of the Earle C. Williams Medal for Excellence in Social Impact, embraces Ángel Cabrera, president, during the 2017 Commencement ceremony.