Faculty Awards

 

Each year the Dean recognizes CASA faculty for their accomplishments in these areas:

Faculty Awards Nomination Form (doc)

2010 Awards announcement

I. Purpose

The purpose of these awards is to recognize faculty members in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) who have excelled in the areas of teaching and advising, scholarship or creative activity, and/or service to the university or profession. The recipients of these awards are those individuals who have demonstrated sustained exceptional performance in these areas.

II. Information Relevant for All Awards

A. General Eligibility

To be eligible for any of the four faculty awards, an individual must:

  1. Be a Unit 3 faculty member (must be full time tenure or tenure track faculty member for Outstanding Professor, Dean's Scholar or Distinguished Service Awards); and
  2. Not be part of the Management Personnel Plan (MPP status) either when nominated or selected; and
  3. Not be retired (although retirement during the academic year does not forfeit eligibility for that year); and
  4. Not have been awarded the particular award previously.

B. Nomination Process

The Dean's Office will coordinate the sending of a notice to the entire CASA community soliciting nominations for each of the four awards. A single announcement will be used for all awards and should be distributed by the 10th week of Fall semester. That announcement will include the above eligibility factors. A single nomination form (see the Appendix of this document) will be used for each award and be attached to the memo distributed to the CASA community. Nominations are to be accompanied by an up-to-1500-word letter stating the reasons for nominating the faculty member and describing the accomplishments of the nominee as appropriate to the award criteria.

Nominations may come from any source including self-nominations.

Nominations are due by the date set by the Dean in consultation with College Executive Committee.

C. Selection Process

The College Executive Committee (CEC) will serve as the selection committee. If subcommittees are deemed necessary these will be formed annually for each award.

The selection committee (or subcommittee, if these are formed) will review the nominations to select the nominees for whom further information is desired. The selection committee will determine the type of information needed to make its selection, but such information at a minimum will include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and self-verification of their eligibility (as described in section II.A. of this document). The selection committee may determine their own process and schedule for receiving and reviewing information, but their recommendations to the Dean are due no later than March 2, 2009.

D. Role of the Dean's Office

The Dean's Office will notify the CASA community of the request for nominations. The Dean's Office will receive the nominations and ensure that they are delivered to the members of the selection committee. The Dean's Office will also assist the selection committee in corresponding with nominees.

The Dean will select the recipient of each award from a list of a maximum of three unranked faculty selected by the selection committee.

The Dean’s Office will notify the award recipients and arrange for the issuance of the awards.
Confidentiality of all information will be maintained at all times.

E. Form of Award

At a minimum, each award recipient will receive a plaque and recognition at an event selected by the Dean.


III. CASA Outstanding Professor Award

A. Purpose of the Award

To recognize a faculty member for overall excellence in academic assignment.

B. Criteria

In evaluating candidates for this award, consideration should be given to the criteria listed below. There is no set-weighting requirement, but it is highly recommended that the recipient have accomplishments in each of the two broad criteria categories set out below.

  1. Teaching Excellence
    1. Excellent teaching as demonstrated through SOTE scores, other student evaluations, peer evaluations, external reviews, etc.
    2. Teaches a variety of courses.
    3. Participates in professional and scholarly activities that enhance teaching ability and currency in the discipline.
    4. Serves as a mentor to other educational professionals.
  2. Commitment to Students
  1. Advises students through student organizations, theses, and/or other projects.
  2. Participates in student orientation and advisement activities.
  3. Mentors students regarding career and graduate school considerations.
  4. Engages in service to the campus and/or profession that benefits students.

IV. CASA Dean’s Scholar Award

A. Purpose of the Award

To recognize a faculty member who has achieved widespread recognition based on the quality of scholarship, performances, or creative activities.

B. Criteria

In evaluating candidates for this award, consideration should be given to the nominee’s history of scholarship and creative activities, recognition of outstanding achievements by peers, and importance of the work to the discipline and beyond.

These criteria may only be changed with consultation and approval of the Dean.


V. CASA Distinguished Service Award

A. Purpose of the Award

To recognize a faculty member for exemplary service in a leadership capacity to the University and/or the community or profession, that brings credit to College of Applied Sciences and Arts and/or San José State University.

OR

To recognize a faculty member for extraordinary dedication to achieving the aims of the College and to enriching the lives of those associated with the College.

B. Criteria

In evaluating candidates for this award, consideration should be given to the criteria listed below. There is no set-weighting requirement, but it is highly recommended that the recipient have accomplishments in all three broad criteria categories set out below.

In addition to the criteria described below, eligibility for this award requires that the faculty member have a consistent record of service at the department, college, and/or university levels.

  1. Contribution to the CASA Mission
    1. The faculty member's contribution falls within one or more types of service. Examples of service include, but are not limited to,
    2. contributions through committee work;
    3. student outreach and retention;
    4. application of expertise to benefit the College, and its community through participation in university, college, and community organizations, professional associations, Academic Senate and other governance bodies, California Faculty Association, and appropriate governmental boards and commissions;
    5. advancement of public support for the College; and/or
    6. lectures and seminars to community groups.
    7. The faculty member's service provides a meaningful benefit to the College, his or her profession, and/or regional community.
    8. The faculty member is able to involve members of the SJSU and CASA community in the service activity.
  2. Significant Contribution
    1. The faculty member's service has a significant effect on the campus, college, professional or broader communities.
    2. The faculty member's service demonstrates leadership and initiative.
  3. On-Going Commitment
    1. The faculty member has made a consistent contribution of service.
    2. The faculty member's service record represents multiple years of commitment.

VI. CASA Outstanding Lecturer Award

A. Purpose of the Award

To recognize a lecturer (part-time or full-time) faculty member who has achieved widespread recognition based on the quality of excellence in teaching, scholarship, performances, or creative activities and/or service to CASA.

B. Criteria

In evaluating candidates for this award, consideration should be given to the criteria listed below. There is no set-weighting requirement, but it is highly recommended that the recipient have accomplishments in more than one of the four criteria categories set out below.

  1. Teaching Excellence
    1. Excellent teaching as demonstrated through SOTE scores, other student evaluations, peer evaluations, external reviews, etc.
    2. Participates in professional and scholarly activities that enhance teaching ability and currency in the discipline.
  2. Commitment to Students
    1. Advises students through student organizations, theses, and/or other projects.
    2. Participates in student orientation and advisement activities.
    3. Mentors students regarding career and graduate school considerations.
    4. Engages in service to the campus and/or profession that benefits students.
  3. Scholarship
    1. Consideration should be given to the nominee’s history of scholarship and creative activities, recognition of outstanding achievements by peers, and importance of the work to the discipline and beyond.
  4. Contribution to the CASA Mission
    1. The faculty member's contribution falls within one or more types of service to the campus. Examples of service include, but are not limited to, contributions through committee work; student outreach and retention; application of expertise to benefit the College, and its community through participation in university, college, and community organizations, professional associations; advancement of public support for the College; and lectures and seminars to community groups.
    2. The faculty member's service provides a meaningful benefit to the College.
    3. The faculty member is able to involve members of the SJSU and CASA community in the service activity.
    4. The faculty member's service has a significant effect on the campus, college, professional or broader communities.
    5. The faculty member's service demonstrates leadership and initiative.
    6. The faculty member has made a consistent contribution of service.
    7. The faculty member's service record represents multiple years of commitment.

VII. General Guidelines for Selection Committee

In general, the selection committee has latitude in many aspects of its operation, from setting the meeting schedule to the approach for evaluating nominees within the criteria set out in this policy.

Reminders for Selection Committee:

  1. Establish a schedule that will allow sufficient time for nominations to be reviewed, eligibility verified, determination by the committee of the type of documentation to be prepared by nominees, nominees’ preparation of the required documentation, and review of the nominee materials. The committee needs to forward the names of the top three nominees (unranked) to the Dean no later than March 31, 2002.
  2. The Dean's Office can assist the committee if it needs to verify the eligibility of any nominee.
  3. If the committee determines that the number of nominees is greater than the number who should be asked for further documentation, a "first cut" should be made based on the nominating letters. If the committee determines that an insufficient number of quality nominations have been made, it should consult with the Dean about sending out another request for nominations.
  4. Decide what additional documentation should be requested from nominees, such as letters of recommendation or a personal statement. At a minimum, nominees are to submit a curriculum vita. A discussion of the purpose of the award and the criteria (as set out in this policy) should help the committee in deciding upon the documentation to request.
  5. Decide upon an approach for reviewing the nomination letters and the information provided by nominees, and for selecting the top three nominees.
  6. After the top three nominees have been selected, a summary of the significant qualifications of each should be forwarded to the Dean along with the nominating letters and information provided by each of the three nominees. The three nominees submitted to the Dean should be unranked.
  7. The committee should coordinate with the Dean's Office to arrange for mailing of letters to nominees to request additional information, as well as thank you letters upon completion of the process. The Dean's Office will also send a congratulatory letter to the recipient of the award, and optionally, to other finalists.
  8. Committee members are to maintain confidentiality of nominee names, documentation, and evaluation comments.

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