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
Recognizes and rewards excellence among adjunct faculty members for course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.
Recognizes and rewards excellence among full-time faculty members for course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.
Recognizes a faculty member who has made significant, long-term contributions to the overall educational excellence of the university.
Recognizes a faculty member devoted to innovative online course planning and teaching.
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.
Recognizes and rewards undergraduate academic advisors who have had a positive impact on students and recognizes excellence in advising across the Mason community.
Recognizes faculty members who show exceptional promise in their disciplines or fields of study.
Application or Nomination Due: Spring
Date of Notification: Fall
• 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
For more information, please contact the Office of Research at 703-993-2268.
Faculty Excellence Awards
Recognizes current members of the faculty of great national or international reputation whose substantial research, scholarship, or arts credentials have set them apart.
Application or Nomination Criteria
The criteria for such appointments include substantial research or scholarship or arts credentials, as appropriate to the discipline.
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.
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.
Nominations Due: December
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.
About the Awards
Excellence in Teaching
The John Toups Medal for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to a faculty member in any discipline whose teaching inspires and stimulates students in the finest tradition of higher education.
Excellence in Research & Scholarship
The Beck Family Medal for Excellence in Research & Scholarship is presented annually to a faculty member in any discipline whose contributions represent groundbreaking advances in their field.
Excellence in Social Impact
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.
Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
The Karen & Hector Alcalde Medal for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion is presented annually to a faculty member in any discipline 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.
Composition of Review Team
A team of faculty representatives and senior leaders from relevant areas comprise the Presidential Awards committee and will solicit nominations annually.
For more information, including the specific criteria for each award, visit Presidential Faculty Awards.
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. For more information, please 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.
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.
Individuals are recommended by a dean or director and appointed by the Provost.
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.
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.
Application or Nomination Due: February
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.
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.
For more information, please contact Deborah Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.