Graduate College

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards

Every year, the Graduate College recognizes up to three faculty members for their outstanding service in mentoring to the graduate student community. Awards for Outstanding Doctoral Committee Chair, Outstanding Master's Committee Chair, and Outstanding Faculty Advisor or Mentor are based upon nomination.
To be considered, both the online nomination form/letter of support and a copy of the nominated faculty member's curriculum vita documenting teaching, research and service must be received by the Graduate College by the nomination deadline of November 1, 2018. CVs and questions about the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards may be emailed to the Graduate College at All nominations must come from current ASU graduate students and faculty; self-nomination are not permitted.
To submit a nomination, complete online nomination form and letter of support here. Note: to ensure eligibility of candidate, please read all directions carefully.


Nominees must be Arizona State University faculty who have either:
  1. chaired or served on dissertation or thesis committees for at least three ASU graduate students, or
  2. served in either an official or unofficial advising capacity to graduate students and have made an outstanding contribution to graduate student mentoring.
The intent of the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award is to reward excellence in a wide variety of mentoring functions, including:
  1. A demonstrated record of graduate teaching excellence;
  2. A demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through advising, informal or formal mentoring, or thesis/dissertation committee service;
  3. An established record of mentoring and student professional development;
  4. A demonstrated commitment to diversity in the mentoring process.


Awards of $3,000 each will be presented to faculty in each of three categories:
  1. Outstanding doctoral committee chair;
  2. Outstanding Master's committee chair;
  3. Outstanding faculty advisor or mentor.

Awardee Selection and Finalist Submission Materials

Upon receipt of nomination form, letter of support, and nominatee's CV, a faculty review committee will evaluate all applications. A shortlist of finalists in each category will then be asked to submit the following:
  1. Names, current positions, addresses and email addresses of three graduate students who have graduated whom the committee may contact for statements of support;
  2. A letter of support from the chair/director of the academic home department;
  3. An essay 750-1000 words in length that integrates the faculty member's graduate student mentoring philosophy with an emphasis on professional development and specific examples of success.
Finalists will be selected and notified by October 13, and finalist submission materials will be due for review by October 20. Winners will be notified by November 10. All finalists, nominees, and their departments are invited to attend the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards on Wednesday, November 15, from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Alumni Lounge.

Previous Awardees

A list of Outstanding Faculty Mentor awardees and their essays on mentoring is available here. Previous Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award winners are not eligible for consideration.


Submit questions and faculty CVs to