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Faculty Development

Faculty Awards

Past Awardees

Congratulations to Distinguished Faculty Award winners for 2017-18: Paul Valliere, Stuart Glennan, and Susan Zurbuchen, and Outstanding Professors of the Year for 2016-17 Kate Boyd and Ania Spyra! Read the article linked here fore more information about their achievements.

Outstanding Professor of the Year Awards

Purpose:

To recognize faculty members who excelled in all areas of their professional responsibilities in the last academic year and demonstrated outstanding achievement in at least one of the following categories: teaching, scholarship, or service.

Criteria:

Demonstrated excellence in all areas of one’s professional responsibilities (i.e., teaching, scholarship, and/or service, as stipulated by the terms of their appointment) in the last academic year, and outstanding achievement in at least one of the three areas.

Examples of characteristics or accomplishments that may be used as evidence in each area are included below. Nominees are not expected to have all of the characteristics or accomplishments listed in each area; these are simply provided as examples of the kinds of activities that may make one a strong candidate for these awards.

Teaching

  • Success in generating enthusiasm, insight, and thought in classrooms, studios, or laboratories.
  • Practices that show the faculty member to be creative, stimulating, or responsive.
  • Teaching that is especially collaborative, supportive, or innovative.
  • Mentoring and advising that inspire academic excellence.
  • Support, mentoring, and guidance of student research, scholarship, and creative activity.
  • Innovative and creative pedagogical approaches in teaching style, evaluation methods, and/or course design.
  • Offering courses that are intellectually and/or creatively rigorous and challenging.
  • Promotion of a wide range of ideas and of a classroom climate that supports the open expression of diverse opinions.
  • Responsiveness to the needs of a diverse student body.
  • Maintaining an atmosphere of integrity, civility, and respect in the classroom/studio/lab.
  • Accessibility in and beyond the classroom.
  • Evidence of student learning achievement.
  • Presentations of teaching on campus or in other settings. 
  • Practices that lead students to lives of purpose.

Scholarship

  • Publications.
  • Exhibits, performances, commissions, and artistic creations.
  • Presentations at scholarly meetings or conferences.
  • Research activities in private, public, or corporate settings.
  • Grants.
  • Recognition by the academic community beyond Butler University.
  • Books, articles, performances, or exhibitions that merit public acclaim or examples of the recognition and respect the nominee has earned within her or his discipline and that merit public commendation (i.e., reviews, invitations to speak, positions in professional organizations, etc.).

Service

  • Leadership in the governance of the University, in an academic department or program, in the faculty and its Senate, college, or ad hoc committees, or in other University positions.
  • Leadership and service in professional or public organizations, boards, or commissions related to the faculty member’s academic field(s) or assignments.
  • Specific projects and initiatives that have enhanced the quality of the University's programs and advanced its goals.
  • Public service or leadership that reflects or enhances the reputation and mission of the University.

Nominations:

Nominations are invited from any member of the Butler community with faculty status; deans and department heads are especially encouraged to submit nominations. Nominators are encouraged to solicit an updated CV from the nominee in order to provide explicit, up-to-date information and examples. 

 
In support of their nomination, nominators are expected to provide evidence that the nominee has:

  • performed meritoriously in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service in the last academic year and
  • produced outstanding outcomes (i.e., exemplary accomplishments that do not typically occur in other years) in teaching, scholarship, or service in the last academic year

Nominees who are being considered for an award will be asked to provide a CV (if not submitted with nomination) and a brief statement in support of their nomination (copying and pasting from the Faculty Activity Report is acceptable).

Self-nominations are permitted with a brief statement of support from a faculty colleague (limit one self-nomination per award cycle).

Outstanding Professor of the Year Award Nomination Form

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019 as a .doc or .pdf attachment to facultydevelopment@butler.edu

Awardee Selection:

The Provost, the Director of Faculty Development, and the members of the Faculty Development Advisory Committee will vet nominations and select award winners.

There is no minimum or maximum number of awards given each year.

Winners will receive a certificate and a $500 stipend.

 

Distinguished Faculty Awards

The Butler University Distinguished Faculty Award celebrates the professional accomplishments of the University's faculty, recognizing excellence in the combined areas of teaching, research, scholarship and creative work, and service/leadership. This award recognizes exemplary achievement, accomplishments and contributions across the length and breadth of the award winner’s career at Butler University.

All members of the Butler community with faculty status are invited to nominate full-time faculty members for the Butler University Distinguished Faculty Award. Awardees will be notified by the end of the spring semester.

In addition to the honor of receiving the Distinguished Faculty Award, the awardee(s) also will receive a recognition plaque, a $3,000 stipend, and will be recognized at a University event such as the Fall Academic Workshop.

Process:

Nominations may be made by any member of the University community with faculty status. Nomination expectations are listed below.

The selection recommendation committee consists of faculty peers from across the University.  The Office of the Provost, the Director of Faculty Development, and the members of the Faculty Development Advisory Committee will vet nominations and will select the award winner.

Awardee(s) will be notified by the end of the spring semester. The announcement of awardees will be made when faculty are gathered together, such as at the Fall Academic Workshop. 

Because this award represents the highest accolade a Butler faculty member can achieve, the awardee may only receive the Distinguished Faculty Award once in their time at Butler.

Nominations:

A faculty member with detailed knowledge of a colleague’s overall excellence, creativity, and impact in teaching, scholarship, and service over the course of his/her career at Butler may submit nomination letters and support packets that address the award criteria. Nomination packets must be formatted as a single, comprehensive electronic file (.doc or .pdf) that includes all required elements (listed below). Incomplete or incorrectly formatted nominations will not be considered. Nomination packets must be submitted via email attachment to facultydevelopment@butler.edu. The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019.

Nomination packets must include each of the following four items:

  1. A cover sheet identifying the nominee’s name, departmental affiliation, and number of years at Butler.
  2. Two additional letters of support (no more than 1,000 words each) from faculty members that provide specific details about the impact of the nominee’s work throughout their career.
  3. A Current CV of the nominee that includes education, professional experiences, and other information applicable to the Distinguished Faculty Award criteria.
  4. A letter of nomination (three pages maximum) that provides a descriptive overview of how the nominee has improved the University or the wider community through their teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Examples in each of the three may include, where applicable:

Teaching

  • The faculty member’s excellence in her or his discipline.
  • The faculty member’s success in generating enthusiasm, insight, and thought in classrooms, studios, or laboratories.
  • Practices that show the faculty member to be creative, stimulating, or responsive.
  • Teaching that is especially collaborative, supportive, or innovative.
  • Mentoring and advising that inspire academic excellence.
  • Support for student research, scholarship, and creative activity.
  • Innovative and creative pedagogical approaches in teaching style, evaluation methods, and/or course design.
  • Ability to stimulate intellectual excitement and to motivate students.
  • History of offering courses that are intellectually and/or creatively rigorous and challenging.
  • Promotion of a wide range of ideas and of a classroom climate that supports the open expression of diverse opinions.
  • Responsiveness to the needs of a diverse student body.
  • Maintaining an atmosphere of integrity, civility, and respect in the classroom/studio/lab.
  • Providing support, encouragement, and inspiration.
  • Accessibility in and beyond the classroom.
  • Thoughtful mentoring and guidance of student projects.
  • Presentations of teaching on campus or in other settings. 
  • Practices that lead students to lives of purpose.

Research/Scholarship

  • Research activities in private, public, or corporate settings.
  • Publications.
  • Presentations at scholarly meetings or conferences.
  • Grants.
  • Exhibits, performances, commissions, and artistic creations.
  • Evidence of wide recognition by the academic community beyond Butler University.
  • Evidence of a body of achievement rather than a particular piece of research, scholarship, creative work, or other achievements.  A substantial portion of the scholarly achievement shall have been accomplished as a faculty member of Butler University.  

Please support the nomination with the particular books, articles, performances, or exhibitions that merit public acclaim or examples of the recognition and respect the nominee has earned within her or his discipline and that merit public commendation (i.e., reviews, invitations to speak, positions in professional organizations, etc.).

Service/Leadership

  • Leadership in the governance of the University, in an academic department or program, in the faculty and its Senate, college, or ad hoc committees, or in other University positions.
  • Leadership and service in professional or public organizations, boards, or commissions related to the faculty member's academic field(s) or assignments.
  • Specific projects and initiatives that have enhanced the quality of the University's programs and advanced its goals.
  • Public service that enhances the reputation of the University.
  • Service and leadership that reflects and enhances the mission of the University.