Graduate College

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards


April 17, 2017


Each year up to three faculty will be recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.


Submit questions and nomination packets to:


Each award recipient will receive $3,000.


Nominees must be Arizona State University tenure/tenure track faculty who have chaired dissertation committees for at least three ASU PhD students to completion.

Criteria for Selection

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 record of chairing doctoral committees with timely completion rates
  3. An established record of mentoring and student professional development as demonstrated by student publication, external grant funding, conference presentations, etc
  4. An ability to attract doctoral students to ASU through active recruitment and academic/scholarly reputation
  5. A demonstrated commitment to diversity in the mentoring process

Nomination Process

Graduate students and faculty are invited to nominate faculty for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Nominations must be submitted electronically to The nomination and selection process consists of a preliminary and a final selection phase. In the preliminary phase, the selection committee will develop a shortlist based on the nominee's vita and doctoral mentoring documentation. The final phase requests additional information from the finalists and their academic unit.

Preliminary Phase

Nominations are invited from members of the ASU community. The nomination package must include:

From the Nominator:

A letter supporting the nomination

From the Nominator or Nominee:

  1. A current faculty vita documenting teaching, research and service
  2. Courses/seminars taught over the past five years
  3. A list of doctoral students who were chaired and mentored (include student names, dissertation/thesis titles, research/teaching opportunities provided, time to degree [enrollment/completion], student awards and recognition and student placement).

Final Selection Phase

The shortlist of finalists will be invited to submit:

  1. An essay three (3) pages in length that integrates the faculty member's mentoring philosophy with doctoral/MFA professional development accomplishments with specific examples of success. In addition, faculty should discuss their efforts to promote diversity in graduate education. Submission implies agreement that the essay can be published or placed on the Graduate College website
  2. Names, current positions, addresses and e-mail addresses of doctoral students who have graduated. Our office will contact these individuals for letters of support
  3. A letter of support from the chair/director of the academic home unit

Awardees will be selected from the pool of finalists. An interview with the selection committee may be requested. Application materials for all finalists will remain active for the next review cycle and will be requested to update materials if again selected as a finalist.

Previous Awardees

A list of Outstanding Faculty Mentor awardees and their essays on mentoring is available here.