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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
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.

Contact
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.

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.