Faculty Awards Criteria

The Outstanding Senior Faculty Award recognizes a tenured associate or full professor in the College of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the area of scholarship/creative activity with emphasis on the last three years at Georgia State University. Scholarship/creative activity is the primary focus of this award, but instruction and service are also considered. Scholarship/creative activity is evaluated in terms of quality appropriate to the particular discipline. Scholarship/creative activity includes, but is not limited to, refereed and invited publications; invited and contributed presentations and performances; outside funding for the support of scholarly/creative pursuits; exhibitions; inventions and patents; and published/copyrighted software. Faculty in all disciplines represented in the college are eligible for this award. Recipients of this award over the past five years are ineligible.

The Outstanding Junior Faculty Award recognizes an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the area of scholarship/creative activity while at Georgia State University. Scholarship/creative activity is the primary focus of this award, but instruction and service are also considered. Scholarship/creative activity is evaluated in terms of quality appropriate to the particular discipline. Scholarship/creative activity includes, but is not limited to, refereed and invited publications; invited and contributed presentations and performances; outside funding for the support of scholarly/creative pursuits; exhibitions; inventions and patents; and published/copyrighted software. Faculty in all disciplines represented in the college are eligible for this award. Previous recipients of this award are ineligible.

The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a regular, full-time faculty member (including professors, associate professors, assistant professors, principal senior lecturers, senior lecturers, lecturers, senior academic professionals, academic professionals, clinical professors, and instructors) in the College of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the area of teaching with emphasis on the last three years. Teaching activities include, but are not limited to, performance as reflected on student evaluations; innovative teaching techniques; course and program development; authorship of textbooks, software, and other similar instructional materials; student accomplishments; direction of individual student work; teaching grants; and honors or awards for teaching. Included in the candidate’s dossier should be a one-page statement summarizing his/her instructional accomplishments, the last three years of student evaluations and other relevant materials. Faculty in all disciplines represented in the college are eligible for this award. Recipients of this award over the past five years are ineligible.

The Outstanding Faculty Diversity Award recognizes a regular, full-time faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in support of diverse student populations. Activities related to professional development, teaching, and service will be considered. Relevant professional development activities include, but are not limited to, scholarship that advances the understanding of diverse groups and mentoring of underrepresented and/or diverse groups. Relevant teaching activities include, but are not limited to, evidence of infusion of diversity into courses and curricular innovations, such as developing a study abroad program or other high impact experience. Service activities can be at the program, department/unit, college, or university level. Diversity is defined broadly, including multiple and intersecting identities (e.g., disability, family education and economic background, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation), as well as diversity of thought and worldview. Faculty in all disciplines represented in the college are eligible for this award. Recipients of this award over the past five years are ineligible.

The Outstanding Undergraduate Director Award recognizes a regular, full-time faculty member in the position of Director of Undergraduate Studies at the department level within the College of Arts and Sciences for outstanding service to undergraduates in their department. Service may include, but is not limited to, proactive outreach and engagement of undergraduates in the department, departmental faculty development activities pertinent to undergraduate success, active involvement in the undergraduate council including attendance and committee service, departmental leadership in relation to college and university-level undergraduate initiatives, and other evidence of a proactive posture in relation to undergraduate student success in the department. Undergraduate directors may receive the award no more than once every five years.

The Outstanding Graduate Director Award recognizes a regular, full-time faculty member in the position of Director of Graduate Studies at the department level within the College of Arts and Sciences for outstanding service to graduate students in their department. Service may include, but is not limited to, proactive outreach and engagement of graduate students in the department; development/implementation of new and innovative ideas that improve the graduate program and/or the graduate student experience; active involvement in the graduate council including attendance and committee service; departmental leadership in relation to college and university-level graduate initiatives; and effective communication with faculty, students and staff in relation to issues pertinent to the graduate program and/or the graduate student experience. Graduate directors may receive the award no more than once every five years.

The Outstanding Undergraduate Mentoring Award recognizes a regular, full-time faculty member for outstanding achievement in the area of undergraduate mentoring at Georgia State University. Undergraduate mentoring may include, but is not limited to, refereed and invited publications co-authored with undergraduate students; direct mentoring of undergraduate students resulting in undergraduate juried exhibitions, recitals, film screenings and other public presentations and performances of arts and music; peer-reviewed academic and professional conference presentations; direct mentoring of undergraduate students resulting in regional and national competitive artistic, musical and academic awards; and direct mentoring of undergraduate students resulting in high-value post-baccalaureate opportunities; internship supervision; teaching directed reading and independent study courses; and supervision of honors theses and Honors College teaching. Current or former undergraduate directors having served within the past two years, as well as those having received the award in the previous five years, are ineligible.

The Outstanding Graduate Mentoring Award recognizes a regular, full-time faculty member for outstanding achievement in the area of graduate mentoring at Georgia State University. Examples of outstanding graduate mentoring may include, but are not limited to, demonstrated excellence and innovation in fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly and professional growth of graduate students; direct mentoring of graduate students resulting in student publications, external grant funding, conference presentations, and/or other professional development and networking opportunities; established record of implementing strategies to promote timely completion of students’ degree programs and to cultivate the necessary skills for professional success; promotion of a climate of respect and collegiality that enhances the graduate experience, integrates students into the culture of the discipline and increases the students’ chance of success; and active assistance to graduate students in career decision-making and advancement, including opportunities outside of the academy. Nominees must be members of the Graduate Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Current or former graduate directors having served within the past two years, as well as those having received the award in the previous five years, are ineligible.