Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
October 7, 2003
Millersville University Educator of the Year Award
Criteria for Selection
Outstanding teaching, counseling, and advising comes in many forms and
thus it is difficult to list all the characteristics that would be worthy
of an award. The criteria listed here are intended to be suggestions. The
nominations should describe the outstanding characteristics and
achievements of the nominee as appropriate.
Outstanding Educator of the Year
- Instill intellectual curiosity, a desire to learn, and the importance
of life-long learning.
- Stimulate learning through teaching, advising, and/or counseling,
modeling of scholarship, involving students in the learning process,
expressing genuine concern for the student as a whole, setting of high
standards, enthusiastic and passionate about their field.
- Demonstrate success and excellence through reference to the
achievement of students.
- Encourage and demonstrate ethical behavior, integrated view of life,
personal responsibility and integrity, leadership, clear and critical
thinking, and civic engagement.
- Influence on the way other colleagues teach, advise and/or counsel.
- Have an effect beyond the Millersville University community.
- Serious about academic excellence and meaningful life experiences of
- Available to students, making them feel welcome, and respected.
- Skillful in encouraging problem-solving techniques by helping students
to think through issues and make decisions.
Millersville University Educator of the Year
The award to be given annually to four faculty members (one from each
school and one non-school) in recognition of sustained outstanding
teaching, counseling, and mentoring (add counseling or is counseling
captured by the use of the term mentoring?) of the undergraduate and
graduate students at Millersville University.
Eligibility for the Award:
- Faculty members can receive this award no more frequently than once
every ten years.
- There will be no monetary reward associated with this award.
- The award will consist of a plaque along with the faculty
member's picture displayed in a common area, and a plaque (or an engraved
piece of glassware for more lasting value) given to the faculty member.
- The award will be presented annually at the May commencement
ceremony or during a separate ceremony with press coverage. The award can
be publicized on television through programs such as Channel 8's Learning
- The recipient would be asked to share expertise and knowledge
with other faculty members (e.g., maybe a special session at the
Scholarship Social or a special session through the Center for Academic
Excellence, participation at the New Faculty Orientation).
- A call for nominations would be sent to the university community
through E-mail and campus mail. Departments will be involved in
announcing the call for nominations to their students and faculty
All full-time regular tenured faculties are eligible for this award.
Award Selection Committee:
The selection committee will consist of two to three alumni and two to
three faculty emeriti, and one or two students? The members of the
committee will select a chair from among the membership. The committee
will be selected by the Faculty Senate?
The Award Selection Committee will make its selection based on the
materials provided by the nominators (supporting letter), along with
other materials provided by the nominees and their respective department
chairs or program directors.
Any member of the university, including faculty, staff, administration,
and students, may submit a nomination for this award. The nominations
may also come from a School Council. The nominations will be accepted at
the beginning of the Fall semester. The deadline for nominations is
November 1. All nominations must use the nominations form,
and include a supporting letter from the nominator. The letter should
specifically address the following.
- Does the nominee involve students actively in the learning
- Does the nominee synthesize complex concepts and bodies of
knowledge into well-communicated material?
- Is the nominee approachable to students through fostering an
environment of personal and professional concern?
- Does the nominee serve as a role model to both students and
fellow faculty members at the departmental, programmatic and University
levels and with the larger communities with which he/she comes into
contact in scholarly, personal, and professional efforts?
- Is the nominee committed to what is going on not only within
his/her department, but also throughout the University, thereby helping
students take advantage of all available opportunities for students?
Nominees and their respective department chairs and/or program directors
will be notified before the end of the fall semester (so as to allow the
nominee ample time to provide supporting materials). The nominee and the
respective department chair will be asked at this time to provide
supporting materials. The supporting materials can include, but are not
limited to, student evaluations, peer reviews of teaching, testimonials
from current and former students, and any instructional materials
developed by the nominee. The deadline for submission of the supporting
materials will be February 20.
The selection committee will forward (or do we still want to change
this to announce? I left this since we have decided this award to be
sponsored by the Faculty Senate) their recommendations to the Faculty
Senate by March 15.
Announcement of the Award
The award will be announced at the May commencement ceremony or a
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