Awards

Honorary Degrees

Faculty Awards

The Faculty Senate Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee invites you to submit names of worthy colleagues in your units who have established high records of achievement in the following six categories:

CategoryNumber of Awards
Excellence in Advising and Mentorship3
Excellence in Engagement1
Excellence in Librarianship1
Excellence in Research and Creative Activities6
Excellence in Service1
Excellence in Teaching6

Each award carries a $5,000 stipend.  The awards will be presented at the annual Faculty Convocation held during Fall Semester 2018.

We have simplified and clarified the criteria for the awards with the goal to make nominations and submissions easier for everyone.  The committee prefers substantive nomination letters from colleagues or supervisors, but in a university tradition, it also accepts self-nominations.

The nominations may be made by clicking on “Faculty Awards Nomination” or through this website: https://facultynominations.fiu.edu/nominate/.

Nominees will subsequently receive a congratulatory email. This email will include instructions for how to compose an application or withdraw from the nomination.

Nominations should include hard empirical evidence.  Files will need to follow the guidelines as the committee sadly won’t be able to consider those not doing so.

The Faculty Senate Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee will evaluate applications according to rubrics now included with the award descriptions. The committee’s recommendations will then forward its selection to the Provost.

Please note the important deadlines:

  • For nominations: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:59PM.
  • For submission of completed files: Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:59PM
  • Once colleagues are nominated, the nominees will receive instructions on how to proceed.

If you have questions please contact Mary Cossio in the Faculty Senate office at 305-348-2141 or through email at cossiom@fiu.edu.

For more information on eligibility, criteria and required documentation click the following links:

Excellence in Advising and Mentorship

Description

This award recognizes excellence in two categories: distinguished contributions in undergraduate advising and outstanding work with graduate students. Three awards will be given.

Eligibility

  • Full time members of the faculty with at least three years of full time service before the year nominated (Cut-off date for employment: Jan 1, 2015).
  • For previous winners, at least five years must have lapsed before new nomination (Last previous nomination 2013 or earlier).

Documentation

  1. Curriculum Vitae: A CV of no more than four pages.
  2. Professional Statement: A statement of up to 500 words by the nominee of the qualities that most distinguish the candidate’s advising/mentorship accomplishments and record.
  3. Student List: A list of student names, dissertation/thesis titles and dates of student completion while on the faculty at FIU with any honors those students have won.
  4. Supporting Letters: The file should contain three to five letters of support that speak directly to the candidate’s merit as advisor/mentor

The committee prefers substantive nomination letters from colleagues or supervisors, but in a university tradition, it also accepts self-nominations.

Statement of Intent: It is the belief of FIU that formal, as well as informal mentoring of both students and faculty make a faculty member a “teacher of teachers” and someone who is worlds ahead in advancing the core missions of the university. Those who advise proactively and warmly, with an emphasis on the professional and personal success of his or her mentees/advisees embody the best that our faculty has to offer and give selflessly of themselves each day. Those who are diligent in their fostering and maintenance of relationships, those who monitor and revel in the success of those that they advise/mentor, and those who initiate and lead programs and projects to engender mentoring/advising relationships are truly worlds ahead.

Excellence in Engagement

Description

In distinction to the recognition for Service, this award recognizes excellence in the university’s “Engagement Initiative Program,” which is defined as a formal collaboration between the faculty and a local, regional or global community partner. The award recognizes the interplay among teaching, research, and learning. One award will be given.

Eligibility

  • Full time members of the faculty with at least three years of full time service before the year nominated (Cut-off date for employment: Jan 1, 2015).
  • For previous winners, at least five years must have lapsed before new nomination (Last previous nomination 2013 or earlier).

Documentation

  1. Curriculum Vitae: A CV of no more than four pages.
  2. Professional Statement: A statement of up to 500 words by the nominee that emphasizes, first the contributions of the faculty member and the community partner respectively, second the impact of the initiative on the constituent community as well as the university.
  3. Engagement Statement: A statement of up to 500 words of the Engagement Initiative Project undertaken.
  4. Supporting Letters: The file should contain three to five letters of support that speak directly to the candidate’s merit in the particular initiative.

The committee prefers substantive nomination letters from colleagues or supervisors, but in a university tradition, it also accepts self-nominations.

Excellence in Librarianship

Description

This award recognizes excellence in library services. One award will be given.

Eligibility

  • Full time members of the faculty with at least three years of full time service before the year nominated. (Cut-off date for employment: Jan 1, 2015).
  • For previous winners, at least five years must have lapsed before new nomination. (Last previous nomination 2013 or earlier).

Documentation

  1. Curriculum Vitae: A CV of no more than four pages.
  2. Professional Statement: A statement of up to 500 words by the nominee of the qualities that most distinguish the candidate’s special contributions to library service.
  3. Supporting Letters: The file should contain three to five letters of support that speak directly to the candidate’s merit in library service.

The committee prefers substantive nomination letters from colleagues or supervisors, but in a university tradition, it also accepts self-nominations.

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Description

This award recognizes excellence in scholarly achievement or artistic/literary accomplishment. Six awards will be given.

Eligibility

  • Full time members of the faculty with at least three years of full time service before the year nominated (Cut-off date for employment: Jan 1, 2015).
  • For previous winners, at least five years must have lapsed before new nomination (Last previous nomination 2013 or earlier).

Documentation

  1. Curriculum Vitae: A CV of no more than four pages.
  2. Professional Statement: A statement of up to 500 words by the nominee of the qualities that most distinguish the candidate’s academic, literary, or artistic accomplishments.
  3. List of Achievements: A list of the most important or representative publications, shows or other manifestation of scholarship or artistic achievement, with brief notation, where relevant of the importance of these venues. This list should not exceed four pages. It should emphasize the work accomplished while at FIU.
  4. Supporting Letters: The file should contain three to five letters of support that speak directly to the candidate’s merit as a scholar or artist.
  5. Optional Evidence: The file might also contain as many as five reviews or notices that confirm the merit of the nominee’s work.

The committee prefers substantive nomination letters from colleagues or supervisors, but in a university tradition, it also accepts self-nominations.

Excellence in Service

Description

This award recognizes excellence in service in any one or more of the following categories:

  1. department/college;
  2. university;
  3. professional;
  4. community – local, national, and international.

One award will be given.

Eligibility

  • Full time members of the faculty with at least three years of full time service before the year nominated (Cut-off date for employment: Jan 1, 2015).
  • For previous winners, at least five years must have lapsed before new nomination. (Last previous nomination 2013 or earlier).

Documentation

  1. Curriculum Vitae: A CV of no more than four pages.
  2. Professional Statement: A statement of up to 500 words by the nominee of the qualities that most distinguish the candidate’s accomplishments.
  3. Supporting Letters: The file should contain three to five letters of support that speak directly to the candidate’s service merit.
  4. List of Service: List of the most important or representative manifestations of service arranged chronologically and according to category, with brief notation, where relevant of the importance or significance of this service. This list should not exceed four pages.

The committee prefers substantive nomination letters from colleagues or supervisors, but in a university tradition, it also accepts self-nominations.

Excellence in Teaching

Description

This award recognizes excellence in teaching. Six awards will be given.

Eligibility

  • Full time members of the faculty with at least three years of full time service before the year nominated (Cut-off date for employment: Jan 1, 2015).
  • For previous winners, at least five years must have lapsed before new nomination  (Last previous nomination 2013 or earlier).

Documentation

  1. Professional Statement: The professional statement has two critical parts. The first is a Teaching and Learning Statement. This should provide evidence of the candidate’s commitment to student learning and describe the candidate’s strategies for facilitating and assessing student learning. It is a self-reflective statement of the candidate’s beliefs about teaching and learning, and should discuss how the candidate puts these beliefs into practice, providing concrete examples of classroom practice. The statement should provide specific and detailed descriptions of how the candidate promotes student learning and how s/he determines (or attempts to determine) the extent to which students have learned, as well as the types of evidence gathered. The second part is a Statement of Professional Development describing activities the candidate has undertaken to reflect on and/or improve her/his teaching. Specific changes made as a result of these activities should be described.  Professional development activities may include attending workshops, conference sessions, meeting with colleagues, reading/publishing articles about teaching, etc.  The statement is limited to three single spaced pages. This statement may address but not be limited to such items as (1) Teaching philosophy, (2) Development of new courses, (3) Teaching innovations and development of teaching aids, (4) Variety of courses taught.
  2. Supporting Letters: The file should contain three to five letters of support that speak directly to the candidate’s merit as an instructor.
  3. Additional Data:
    • List of Courses: A list of the courses taught by the nominee in the three preceding academic years.
    • Student Evaluations: Copies of the formal university summaries from the Office of Planning and Institutional Research of student evaluations for courses in the same period.
    • Syllabi: Three representative syllabi from the same period.

The committee prefers substantive nomination letters from colleagues or supervisors, but in a university tradition, it also accepts self-nominations.

Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degree nominations should be submitted to the Faculty Senate office with the original, one hard copy and one attached electronic copy.

Related Links:

Honorary Degree and Awards Committee Information

2017 Faculty Award Recipients

2016 Faculty Award Recipients

2015 Faculty Award Recipients

2014 Faculty Award Recipients

To see a list of all previous award recipients, click here.