The GPSA Faculty Awards Committee would like to congratulate the 2014 Faculty Award winners:

William Fry, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Kathleen Rasmussen, Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Kelly Zamudio, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Thanks to all the winners for their commitment to graduate education!

The nomination process for the 2014 GPSA Faculty Awards is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination process. We appreciate the commitment and genuine appreciation you have shown for your advisors.

Do you know a Cornell faculty member who displays an extraordinary commitment to graduate and/or professional students? The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) is currently seeking nominations for its third annual Awards for Excellence in the Teaching, Advising, and Mentoring of Graduate and Professional Students.

Please submit nomination letters to gpsa-faculty-awards-chair@assembly.cornell.edu  between  March 3rd and April 4th, 2014 (The nomination period for 2014 is now over).

Award recipients will be recognized at a reception in early May. To find out more about the GPSA Faculty Award and the 2012 recipients please visit the 2012 Award Page.

How to nominate your favorite advisor ?

To nominate a Cornell faculty member, please submit a letter of approximately 1-2 pages to gpsa-faculty-awards-chair@assembly.cornell.edu by April 4, 2014. In your letter, explain how your nominee has displayed excellence in the teaching, advising, and mentoring of graduate and/or professional students. Also, please include in your letter, contact information (names and e-mail addresses) for other current or past graduate or professional students who the Committee might contact for additional information about the faculty nominee. The Committee encourages writers of nomination letters to ask their colleagues to write nomination letters supporting the nomination, as well, so that the Committee can compare multiple perspectives on a nominee’s candidacy.

In your nomination letter, you might wish to address some of the following topics: advising, mentoring, professional or pedagogical development, collegiality, leadership, responsiveness, and teaching. For a more detailed–but not exhaustive–list of qualities or activities relevant to these topics, please see the Selection Criteria described below.

All Cornell faculty members are eligible for these Awards. Nomination letters may come from past or present graduate or professional students at Cornell University. The contents of nomination letters will remain confidential to the Committee, with the exception that brief quotations may be excerpted (to be read aloud at the reception, for instance) as examples of excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring. Quotations will be excerpted anonymously, as much as possible. (We cannot guarantee that quotations from nomination letters for winning candidates, for instance, will be completely anonymous.)

Selection Criteria

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 The following selection criteria are not meant to be exhaustive, but here are the sorts of things that we believe constitute excellence in the teaching, advising, and mentorship of graduate & professional students. In your nomination letter please describe how the professor was an exemplary teacher or advisor and/or the ways in which he or she furthered your educational, scholarly, or professional goals.

Advising:

  • Provides student-specific guidance on how to achieve successful completion of program requirements (i.e. exams, thesis, etc.), both in terms of content and process
  • Sets clear and reasonable expectations for progress

 

Mentoring:

  • Provides helpful advice throughout various stages of graduate or professional school
  • Directs students towards resources, literature, and potential collaborators that can assist them in their work
  • Effectively motivates students to succeed
  • Provides helpful advice about work-life balance, as necessary or appropriate

 

Professional Development:

  • Expresses a willingness for ongoing engagement regarding professional development
  • Works with students to define their professional goals and helps to prepare them for success
  • Suggests relevant programs, conferences, workshops or other opportunities
  • Goes above and beyond to provide students with guidance regarding time management & productivity, grant preparation, work-life balance, and other ‘intangibles’ essential for professional success

 

Collegiality:

  • Takes student ideas seriously and treats students as future colleagues
  • Provides constructive criticism
  • Attends or moderates presentations by students, when possible
  • Goes above and beyond to engage with graduate and/or professional students, including active participation in department/field life

 

Leadership:

  • Fosters community and collegiality among students and faculty
  • Creates or implements new programs, beneficial policies, or funding opportunities for graduate and professional students
  • Outstanding service in positions relevant to graduate and professional students (both formal and informal), such as Director of Graduate Studies, job-placement officer, Department Chair, etc.
  • Serves as a good role model for the values, professional conduct, and disciplinary practices that promote the aims of research

 

Responsiveness:

  • Provides thoughtful and timely feedback on student work
  • Creates comfortable environment for communication

 

Teaching:

  • Offers innovative courses which provide students with a foundation in the methodology and state of knowledge in their discipline, often focused on original research, discussion of research practices/techniques, and applications
  • Creates a challenging and constructive seminar environment

 

Pedagogy Development:

  • Models or teaches students how to be an effective teacher in the classroom and how to train and mentor undergraduate students
  • Engages graduate students in conversations about pedagogy, demonstrated through course visits, teaching feedback, incorporation of a pedagogy component into a graduate seminar, supervising courses, or discussion of pedagogy in meetings with graduate students.

 

If you have any other questions regarding the nomination process and/or selection criteria, please write to us at gpsa-faculty-awards-chair@assembly.cornell.edu

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