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Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Nomination forms must be received in the Graduate School by Friday, March 5, 2021

The Graduate Faculty Mentor Award recognizes one outstanding graduate faculty member (Regular or Associate) who demonstrates dedication to and mentorship of graduate students and has provided leadership to graduate education. 


Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track members of the Graduate faculty (Regular or Associate) for a minimum of THREE years at the time of nomination.

Nominees must be teaching graduate courses during the current academic year and demonstrate positive student evaluations.

Nominees must demonstrate a successful record of graduate student mentorship, including evidence of mentoring activities such as working with students on research projects, supporting students on grants and funded research projects, co-authoring papers, posters, and/or conference presentations, supervising graduate internships, providing professional development opportunities and professional socialization into the field, chairing Thesis/Dissertation committees of recent graduates, serving as a Thesis/Dissertation committee member, providing pedagogy training to graduate students, advising of graduate students, etc.

A faculty member may be awarded the Outstanding ESU Graduate Faculty Mentor Award a maximum of once every five years.

Faculty members may be nominated by other faculty or may nominate themselves for the award.

Evaluation Criteria (2 Pages only) – Nomination portfolios should include evidence of the following

  • Professional development and socialization of graduate students
  • Providing a supportive environment for research and scholarship for graduate students
  • Mentoring of graduate students
  • Innovative graduate curriculum development
  • Outstanding graduate teaching/advising
  • Service to Graduate Education

Application Process

Nominee or nominator must complete an application form, and attach the following:

A two-page description of the nominee's outstanding contributions to graduate education. Please provide specific evidence of accomplishments in as many of the evaluation criteria outlined above as are relevant;

A current Curriculum Vitae of the nominee;

Two (2) nomination/support letters (one from a graduate student and one from a graduate faculty colleague) evidencing the nominee's outstanding achievements in graduate student mentorship and graduate education;

Letter of support and acknowledgement of positive student evaluations from department chair;

Nominations submitted by deadline.


The recipient of this Award will receive $1,000 and a plaque, and be recognized at the Research and Creativity Awards Day.