Faculty Excellence Award

Guidelines for Nominations - 2016-2017

The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Faculty Development Committee offers five awards of $1500.  To be eligible, a candidate must be a full-time faculty member who: has completed at least one year of employment at Ithaca College and who will be full-time (tenure, tenure eligible, or NTEN) during the 2017-2018 academic year.


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

Nominees must demonstrate excellence in all three areas below (Excerpts from the Ithaca College Policy Manual Volume IV: Faculty Handbook section 4.12.7)

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.

An excellent teacher demonstrates mastery of the following: command of the subject, an analytical approach to the material, recognition and contrast of variant interpretations of the data where appropriate, consideration of current work in the field, and ability to show the relationship between the particular subject and other areas of knowledge.  The excellent teacher also clearly explains expectations and subject matter, recognizes the students’ level of comprehension, defines the objectives; summarizes major points, organizes the material logically, and emphasizes crucial ideas; encourages student participation, welcomes interaction with students, and is sensitive to the response of the class; deals ethically with students, and seeks rapport with them; motivates and challenges students, is dedicated to the subject and the teaching profession, displays self-confidence, and communicates a sense of excitement for the pursuit of knowledge.

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.

As a teaching community of scholars and artists, faculty are expected to contribute to the fields of knowledge within their expertise.  Scholarship and professional activity are manifested in many ways -- for example, by research, paper presentations, publications, editorships, creative performance and exhibits, and by continued study in the discipline.

Scholarship can take many forms. It includes, for example, articles in journals, research monographs, scholarly books, treatises, chapters in larger works, papers presented at academic meetings, and published instructional materials.  In addition to traditional written works, scholarship may encompass, in particular disciplines, such types of expression as stage productions, musical performances, art exhibits, mathematical and scientific formulas, and software creation.

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

This service includes both ad hoc and formal activities within the department, planning unit, school, and College.  In addition, faculty may choose to serve in external professional organizations. Service to the Department, Planning Unit, and/or School
Both ad hoc and formal activities are routinely expected of all faculty within a department, planning unit, and/or school.  Ad hoc activities may include such duties as being available for interviews with prospective students and their parents, being available to alumni and alumnae, and working at recruitment programs and at registration.  Formal activities include, but are not limited to, participation in scheduled department, planning unit, and school meetings and participation on departmental, planning unit, and school committees. Service to the College
All faculty are expected to attend Commencement, formal convocations of the College, and scheduled all-College faculty meetings.  The standing committees of the College are a very important part of faculty responsibility, and availability for service on these standing committees and on all-College ad hoc committees is expected of all faculty.  No faculty member shall be expected to serve on more than one all-College standing committee at a time. Service to the Profession
Subject to planning unit and school standards, service to the profession may be considered as a partial substitute for service to the department, planning unit, school, and College.  Professional service includes, for example, holding office in a professional organization, refereeing grant proposals for an external agency, or professional service in community agencies or organizations.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Faculty Excellence Awards seek to recognize excellence in all areas of the College and greater community and are committed to the institution’s aim “to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to civility, respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas” (Ithaca College diversity statement). We particularly welcome the nomination of faculty who have achieved distinction in the area of promoting diversity in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate distinction reflecting all of the three areas of excellence noted above. Areas of distinction could include, but are not limited to:
· Innovations in teaching
· Experiential learning initiatives
· Diversity 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

Nomination:  Any faculty member, administrator/staff member, or student from the college community may nominate an individual for an excellence award.  It is the nominator’s responsibility to complete and submit the nomination, although a student nominator may request that this responsibility be given to a faculty member or administrator/staff member. Self-nominations are not eligible.  

Faculty Excellence Award Submission Requirements: Each nomination must conform to the following guidelines:
· Nomination Cover page (download)
· Three letters of support (not to exceed two pages, 12 pt font):

  1. Nominating letter by a faculty colleague, administrator/staff colleague, a student, or an alumnus/a
  2. A singe support letter from faculty colleague, administrator/staff colleague, a student, an alumnus/a, or external colleague
  3. Support letter by the nominee’s department chair, who will also supply the nominee’s curriculum vitae (if the nominating letter is from the nominee’s department chair, another support letter will be required)

The strongest support letters will address all roles the faculty member is typically expected to perform, including excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as examples of distinctions in these areas. The committee may favor support letters from diverse groups, such as faculty, students or alumnus/a, and administration/staff.
· The nomination is limited to the materials listed; no additional materials will be considered.

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 held in May and at Convocation.

Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017

The nomination form along with supporting materials must be submitted as a complete electronic package and sent to Jill Mayer, Chair, Faculty Excellence Award Subcommittee, jmayer@ithaca.edu.

Download Nomination Cover Page

View a complete list of Faculty Excellence Award recipients.