The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award is designed to recognize excellent graduate faculty mentor who has made noteworthy contributions to their students. Nominees should demonstrate strengths in teaching, mentoring, training and/or research.The top three applicants will receive the Superior Graduate Faculty Award. The top individual of the three will receive an additional award and monetary prize. Superior Graduate Faculty winners will be recognized at the GSA Banquet at the end of the 2012 spring semester.
How are Awardees Selected?
Each department selects one outstanding graduate faculty member. It is up to the individual departments to decide how nominees are selected. For example, one department might hold a special meeting to vote on who should be nominated for this award while another department might tally votes by email. All faculty nominees are considered Outstanding Graduate Faculty awardees.
The Superior Faculty Award
After each department nominates a faculty member, the Graduate Student Association will then choose three faculty members from the nominated to award a special award, called the Superior Faculty Award. The nominations for this special award are based on the quality of the departmental nominations. These three exceptional recipients of the Superior Graduate Achievement Award will be invited to the GSA banquet at the end of the 2012 semester.
Qualifications for Faculty Nominees
- The nominee must be a graduate faculty member of the University of Missouri.
- The nominee must be nominated by the students of the department.
- One nominee per department.
Submitting the Application
After departmental selections are made, you must email Lauren Fath, the GSA vice president (firstname.lastname@example.org), a complete application which consists of the following three items:
- A completed application form
- A one page nomination letter
- A curriculum vitae of the nominee (max. 4 pages)
This letter should explain in detail why the graduate faculty member is a superior mentor. Consider including information such as why they are an exemplary role model, outstanding motivator and leader as well as how they have been influential in graduate students lives. If selected, examples, narratives and quotations used in the nomination letter will be read at the awards banquet.