The Boulder Faculty Assembly is pleased to announce it will grant Faculty Excellence Awards in spring semester 2018. These awards specifically recognize outstanding work and a concerted effort to make advances in the academy. All members of the Boulder Faculty Senate, which includes instructors, are eligible to be nominated. The selection process gives preference to nominees who have been with the University of Colorado for at least five years.
The Chancellor provides support for these prestigious awards. The BFA grants each recipient $3,000. Colleagues, family and friends will honor the recipients at a presentation ceremony and reception on April 26, 2018. The ceremony includes a keynote by the 2017 Hazel Barnes Awardee, Tom Cech.
The BFA will grant up to four awards in each of the following areas:
1. Excellence in Leadership and Service
2. Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy
3. Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work
The BFA solicits nominations from departments as well as from individual faculty members. Complete nominations are limited to 25 pages in a single pdf file and should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. See full details below.
Every nomination must include the following five items:
1. A nomination statement in letter form (please address the criteria listed for the appropriate award category). Nomination statements may be authored by more than one person. Nomination statement should be no longer than three pages.
2. A personal statement from the nominee (please address the criteria listed for the appropriate award category). This should be no longer than two pages.
3. An abbreviated curriculum vita of the nominee. The CV should emphasize accomplishments pertinent to the appropriate award category. This should be no longer than four pages.
4. A minimum of three and no more than six letters of support from University of Colorado Boulder faculty. Letters may be prepared and jointly signed by more than one person.
5. A minimum of three and no more than six letters from the extended academic community, including administrators, alumni, students, and others inside or outside CU, from individuals who have good knowledge of the nominee’s contributions. Letters may be prepared and jointly signed by more than one person.
• All letters must be addressed to the nominator, not the nominee.
• The full nomination file may not exceed twenty-five pages.
• Although faculty may receive the award for a given category only once, they are eligible to receive awards in either of the other two categories in different years.
• Nominated faculty must be on campus during the 2018 spring semester in order to be considered.
• Materials should be saved as one nomination in a single pdf file titled: NomineeFirstName.NomineeLastName.pdf and emailed to: email@example.com
BFA Excellence Awards Descriptions:
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING and PEDAGOGY
This award recognizes the importance of teaching and mentoring students as significant components of faculty duties. Emphasis should be on actual classroom teaching and pedagogy. Student letters should focus on the unique attributes that make the nominee an excellent professor and mentor.
EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP and SERVICE
Faculty service is defined as all of those professional activities other than teaching and research that are performed by faculty members as part of their University responsibilities or as community outreach (internal, external, or both kinds of service). Significant weight will be given to service that is outside a paid appointment. This may include such activities as:
- Committee work (department, campus, and university)
- Assistance with campus-wide or university-wide events
- Participation in faculty governance
- Student advising above and beyond that normally acknowledged by the candidate’s department
- Service in state, professional, or national organizations
- Volunteer work with public and non-profit organizations
EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH, SCHOLARLY, AND CREATIVE WORK
Emphasis will be on work of high quality that may not receive recognition through the usual channels. For instance, nominations for interdisciplinary research, work accomplished with undergraduate students, or an integrated long-term achievement, are particularly invited. If the candidate’s work has been recognized already by prizes or awards, please include that information. Do not submit samples of published materials.
2017 BFA Faculty Excellence Award Winners
Excellence in Leadership and Service
Kirk Ambrose, Department of Art and Art History
Virginia Anderson, Department of History
Brian Catlos, Department of Religious Studies
Cora Randall, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences & LASP
Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy
Paul Strom, Honors Residential Academic Program
Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work
Reiland Rabaka, Department of Ethnic Studies
Graeme Forbes, Department of Philosophy
Michelle Ellsworth, Department of Theatre and Dance