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Mentoring is one of the central professional development pillars of a graduate education. Strong mentoring is essential to the successful creation of transformative leaders, knowledge mobilizers, master learners and career navigators.
Every year, the Graduate College recognizes outstanding faculty members for their outstanding service to the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities through mentoring excellence, commitment to professional development and career advancement and the fostering of inclusive, collaborative academic environments. Active, committed mentors not only offer coaching, modeling and feedback in academic and career development, but provide essential psychosocial and interpersonal connection and support.
Awards for outstanding graduate student and postdoctoral scholar mentoring are based upon nomination.
To nominate an outstanding faculty member or postdoctoral scholar, complete the online nomination form by November 1, 2018. Nominations must come from current ASU graduate students, postdoctoral scholars or alumni; self-nominations are not permitted. For 2018-2019, mentors will be recognized in four Outstanding Faculty Mentor categories:
Outstanding Doctoral Mentor
This category recognizes tenured or tenure-track faculty for exemplary doctoral committee service.
Outstanding Master’s Mentor
This category recognizes tenured or tenure-track faculty for exemplary Master’s committee service.
Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor
This category recognizes faculty associates, lecturers, clinical faculty, faculty associates and other non-tenure track instructional staff for exemplary graduate student mentoring.
Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor
This category recognizes all faculty, researchers, and postdoctoral peers for exemplary postdoctoral scholar mentoring.
Awards will be presented to mentors in each of four categories:
Submit questions and nomination materials to GradMentor@asu.edu.
Nominees must be Arizona State University faculty or postdoctoral scholars who have either:
Previous Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award winners are not eligible for consideration. A list of awardees and their essays on mentoring is available on the website here.
Nominees will be evaluated based on each of the following criteria:
Initial Review and Faculty Notification
Nomination materials will be processed continuously through the final November 1 submission deadline. During processing, faculty will be informed of their nomination and asked to submit the following:
These materials must be received by Wednesday, November 13 for a nomination file to be considered complete.
On Friday, November 15, all complete files will be submitted to a faculty review committee for initial review. Nominations will be evaluated on the strengths of the four evaluation criteria.
Final Review and Awardee Selection
In early December, a shortlist of ranked semifinalists for each category will be identified by the external faculty review committee. At this time, letters of support from department chairs/directors and testimonials from former students or postdoctoral scholars will be solicited; these materials will be reviewed, alongside faculty mentoring statements, in a final round of review in mid-December.
Final review will be completed by Monday, January 2, with all faculty, nominators and faculty chairs/directors notified of final nomination status within the following week.