Faculty Excellence Award

Guidelines for Nominations

The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Faculty Development Committee seek nominations for Ithaca College’s annual Faculty Excellence Awards. We will offer six, $1,500 awards. In the spirit of the promotion of diversity and inclusion, we welcome the nomination of faculty of color, women and gender non-binary faculty, LGBTQ+ faculty, faculty with disabilities, and part-time and full-time contingent faculty. The deadline for all supporting materials is Monday, February 26, 2018.

To be eligible, a candidate must:

  • have completed at least one year of employment at Ithaca College (employment need not be continuous)
  • be a faculty member who is full-time, full-time contingent, part-time contingent, or adjunct during the current 2017-18 academic year
  • be of any rank (adjunct, lecturer, instructor, assistant, associate, or full professor) and any track (tenure, tenure eligible, NTEN, or contingent) if applicable.


The foremost criterion for the Excellence Awards is an overall excellence in the responsibilities of a faculty member’s specific appointment including teaching, scholarship, service and/or professional activity.

1. Teaching: Teaching excellence remains at the heart of our institution. Excellent teaching is consistent and sustained, although pedagogies vary from discipline to discipline and school to school. Such diverse teaching enriches our campus.

2. Scholarship: Ithaca College and the Center for Faculty Excellence recognize many forms of excellence regarding scholarly work. The Boyer Model is one model used to embrace various forms of quality scholarship including but not limited to scholarship of discovery, integration, application, teaching, and artistic endeavor.

3. Service: Service is also recognized on many levels including service to the department, school, college, profession and community.

Descriptions of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service are stated in the Ithaca College Policy Manual, Volume IV: Faculty Handbook section 4.12.7.

Other Areas of Distinction:
Candidates should be able to demonstrate distinction specific to their appointment requirements (or beyond if appropriate) reflecting excellence in those area(s). Areas of distinction could also include, but are not limited to:

· Diversity and Inclusion initiatives
· Innovations in teaching
· Experiential learning initiatives
· Sustainability initiatives
· Effectively incorporating scholarship into the classroom
· Bringing national recognition to Ithaca College
· Showcasing aesthetic expression at Ithaca College (through performance, direction, or exhibition)
· Exemplary service to the College, the larger community, and/or the discipline

Faculty Excellence Award Submission Requirements:

It is the responsibility of the nominator to gather and submit all required documents. A student nominator, however, may request that this responsibility be given to a faculty member or administrator/staff member. Self-nominations are not eligible.

  1. Nomination Form (to be completed by the nominator).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (supplied by the nominee’s department chair)
  3. Three Letters of Support (not to exceed two pages, 12 pt font)
    1. One letter from the nominator; any faculty member, administrator/staff member, or student from the College community may nominate an individual for an excellence award.
    2. One letter by the nominee’s department chair; it is requested that the department chair highlight the specific appointment requirements or expectations (teaching, scholarship, and/or service) of the nominee to enable the committee to adequately review the individual on this basis. If the nominating letter is from the nominee’s department chair or the nominee is the department chair, another support letter is required.
    3. One letter from an additional individual who supports the recommendation of the nominee for an excellence award; faculty member, administrator/staff member, alumnus/a, student from the College community, or external colleague.

Previous Nominations: Any former nominators of candidates for an excellence award from previous year could resubmit the application, but should be sure to update materials and follow the guidelines in this document. Award recipients from the past five years are not eligible for a nomination in this cycle.

Reviewers: Nominations will be reviewed by the Faculty Development Committee. Reviewers are ineligible for these awards and may neither nominate nor write in support of a candidate. The awardees will be recognized at the annual luncheon for recipients of faculty development awards on Tuesday, May 15 from 12:00-1:30 pm.

Deadline: The nomination form along with supporting materials must be submitted as a complete electronic package by Monday, February 26, 2018 and sent to Arhlene Flowers, Chair, Faculty Development Committee, aflowers@ithaca.edu.