The director of graduate studies is a faculty member charged with managing the essentials of the graduate program. This may include oversight of, or involvement in, graduate student recruitment and admissions, orientation and training, fellowships and funding, and GE appointments, assignments, and supervision. The Graduate School seeks to recognize those faculty members in this position who exceed expectations by making innovative or unique contributions that positively impact the quality of the graduate program and/or student experience.
The Award: One award will be made. The award recipient will receive a $500 research/travel award in their name to be granted to a graduate student in their department. The award recipient will also receive a plaque commemorating the award and will be recognized at the Distinguished Teaching and Research Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony.
Eligibility and Nomination Process: To be eligible, the faculty member must have served as director of graduate studies or graduate program director for at least one full academic year at the time of nomination.
Nominations may come from graduate students, faculty members, department heads, school/college deans, or department/college staff members relevant to the graduate program. Nominations must be submitted as a single pdf by the deadline stated below and include:
Selection Criteria and Process: Nominations will be evaluated by a committee including Graduate School staff, Graduate School deans, and a member of the Graduate School Student Advisory Board. Successful nominations will include examples that highlight ways in which the nominee’s contributions demonstrate wise, innovative, and effective management of the graduate program, a positive impact on program quality, and/or a positive impact on graduate students themselves and will effectively convey how these contributions are important to the success of the graduate program. Selection results will be provided by email to those who nominated and to the nominees in late March.
Deadline: Complete nomination packets are due by noon on Monday, April 10, 2017 to the Graduate School. Nominations must be sent as a single pdf attachment by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (scanned documents are welcome). To optimize routing, please include “Excellence Award” and the category (“DGS”/ “Coordinator”/ “Mentor”) in the subject line.