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Faculty Mentoring Awards

PURPOSE

The UMass Lowell Mentoring Awards for Faculty honor individual faculty members who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering professional and personal development of students or their colleagues, and for helping to build a supportive academic environment through faculty-to-faculty mentoring and faculty-to-student mentoring. The university recognizes the importance of mentoring in fostering a campus community that celebrates and elevates teaching, learning, and scholarship and provides faculty and students with the support and tools they need to advance and thrive. Mentorship is a sustained process of engagement with a student or faculty colleague with the purpose of providing various types of support for personal and professional success.

MENTORSHIP CATEGORIES

  • Faculty Mentoring Faculty
  • Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students
  • Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Students

ELIGIBILITY

  • The nominee must be a full-time faculty member at UMass Lowell and currently in either the tenure, teaching, or clinical tracks.
  • A nominee may not win in any category more than once and may not win more than one award in two years.
  • Previous nominees are eligible, and it is hoped that they will be nominated again.
  • Previous winners are not eligible to be considered again.

CRITERIA FOR AWARDS

Distinguished mentoring for academic and professional success occurs through formal and informal activities, and may vary in style and substance from discipline to discipline. The main criterion for mentoring awards is demonstration of a continued commitment to and effectiveness of mentoring. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in mentoring along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community. Past awardees have demonstrated a deep and sustaining commitment to mentoring.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Any full-time faculty member may nominate a colleague for an award. Faculty may not self- nominate. Nominators are asked to send an email to: FacultyHonors@uml.edu, which includes the name of the award in the subject line. Also attach a 200-word-or-less letter of nomination outlining why the individual faculty member is deserving of the award. Nominations should include concrete examples and outcomes of the nominee’s effectiveness in mentoring.

The deadline for nominations to be received is February 5, 2019, by 5 p.m.

Nominees will be notified by February 7, 2019, of their nomination and will have until February 19, 2019, to accept and to submit via InfoReady Review the required materials to the committee. These include:

  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a list of three (3) names and email addresses of individuals familiar with both the contributions and impact of the nominee’s service to contact for letters of support. Any letters from students must be from a current student orformer student who has graduated from UML within the past 5 years.
  • a short statement (250-500 words) describing the nominee’s mentoring philosophy.

The Faculty Honors Committee will meet by March 28, 2019, to review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Provost or designee.

AWARD WINNERS

The winner of this award will be announced by April 1, 2019, and invited to an awards ceremony in mid-April, where he or she will be asked to present a 2-minute lightning talk the process of mentorship appropriate to the type of award. The winner also will receive a $1,000 award.

For questions, please email: FacultyHonors@uml.edu.