In 2011, the Graduate School developed the Excellence Award for Directors of Graduate Studies, the Excellence Award for Graduate Coordinators as a way both to recognize the good work of the faculty and staff who lead and manage graduate programs, and to provide a venue for identifying and disseminating best practices that enhance the overall quality of graduate education at the University of Oregon. In 2012, we added a third award, one that recognizes the Excellence Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Graduate Studies to honor faculty and staff who provide the strong mentorship that is essential to strong graduate programs.
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.
To nominate a faculty member, please click here: Excellence Award for Directors of Graduate Studies
PHOTO: Kingston Heath, Professor and Program Director of the Historic Preservation program, was awarded the 2014 Excellence Award for Directors of Graduate Studies.
The graduate coordinator/ secretary provides support to the director of graduate studies, department head, and other faculty in the coordination of all graduate student related activities in the program—including recruitment, admissions, GE appointment, the tracking of progress to degree, and fellowship nominations. The graduate coordinator/ secretary plays a central role in communication between the graduate program, prospective and current students, and the Graduate School. The quality of support provided to students and the day-to-day operation of the graduate program depends in part on the graduate coordinator/ secretary. The Graduate School seeks to recognize those staff members whose ability to organize, prioritize, and communicate exceeds expectations.
To nominate a Graduate Coordinator, please click here: Excellence Award for Graduate Coordinators
PHOTO: Emily Cornell of the Special Education and Clinical Sciences department (center), winner of the 2014 Excellence Award for Graduate Coordinators.
PHOTO: Cecilia Enjunto-Rangel of the Romance Languages Department, second from the right, was awarded the 2014 Excellence Award for Graduate Mentors.
This award recognizes outstanding mentorship of graduate students. Mentorship includes fostering the academic and professional development of students. This award recognizes that strong mentorship is an essential component of strong graduate programs. In recognizing outstanding mentorship, the Graduate School hopes to reinforce and highlight practices that enhance the overall quality of graduate education at the University of Oregon.
To nominate an individual, please click here: Excellence Award for Graduate Mentors
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.
2016 Award Recipients:
Excellence Award for Directors of Graduate Studies: Martin Klebes, German & Scandinavian
Excellence Award for Graduate Coordinators: Kata K Bahnsen-Reinhardt, CRES
Excellence Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Graduate Studies: Lisa Mazzei, Education Studies
2015 Award Recipients:
Excellence Award for Directors of Graduate Studies: Keli Yerian, Linguistics
Excellence Award for Graduate Coordinators: Jodi Myers, Physics
Excellence Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Graduate Studies: Alec Murphy, Geography