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Every year, the Graduate College awards outstanding graduate faculty members for their service in mentoring to the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities.

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 30 (1pm to 3pm) in the Memorial Union Building Cochise Room (Tempe campus) as we once again recognize our 2018 nominees and honor this year's recipients of the Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor, Outstanding Doctoral Mentor, Outstanding Master's Mentor and Outstanding Instructional Faculty Awards. Highlighting the reception will be a short address by Vice Provost for Academic Personnel Deborah Clarke.

This event is open to all graduate faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.

Reserve your space today for the 2018-2019 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards




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.

Nomination Process

Awards for outstanding graduate student and postdoctoral scholar mentoring are based upon nomination.

The deadline to nominate an outstanding faculty member or postdoctoral scholar for the 2018-2019 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards closed on 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:

  1. Outstanding Doctoral Mentor ($1,500);
  2. Outstanding Master's Mentor ($1,000);
  3. Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor ($800);
  4. Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor ($800);

Submit questions and nomination materials to GradMentor@asu.edu.



Nominees must be Arizona State University faculty or postdoctoral scholars who have either:

  1. chaired or served on dissertation or thesis committees for or currently work with at least three (3) ASU graduate students, or

  2. demonstrated commitment to graduate student or postdoctoral scholar success through holistic mentoring, commitment to professional development, fostering of inclusive and collaborative academic environments, or thesis/dissertation committee service.

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.


Evaluation Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated based on each of the following criteria:

  1. mentoring excellence – a demonstrated record of mentoring excellence as indicated by a clear understanding of and evidence of supporting graduate student/postdoctoral scholar academic, professional and psychosocial needs; evidence of support beyond the classroom, lab or office; and strong testimonials from former graduate students/postdoctoral scholars;

  2. fostering of inclusive, collaborative academic environments – a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in mentoring as indicated by cultural awareness and sensitivity, recognition and respect for differences in perspective (cultural, racial, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, etc.), and openness and transparency in the mentoring/advising process;

  3. commitment to professional development and career advancement – a demonstrated commitment to graduate student and postdoctoral scholar professional development and career advancement as indicated by encouraging pursuit of publication, external grant funding or conference presentation, cultivation of a strong professional portfolio, development of network connections, dissemination of knowledge (knowledge mobilization) outside the academy, etc.

Process and Timelines

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:

  1. A 750-1000 word statement on their mentoring philosophy and the importance of mentoring to graduate student and/or postdoctoral scholar success;

  2. Names, email addresses and relationships (i.e. faculty advisor, committee member, research project director) for three (3) previous graduate students or postdoctoral  scholars;

  3. Name, title, department, and contact information for supervising chair/department head.

These materials must be received by Wednesday, November 14 for a nomination file to be considered complete.

On Friday, November 16, all complete files will be submitted to a faculty review committee for initial review. Nominations will be evaluated on the strengths of the three 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.

All finalists, nominees, nominators, and departments are invited to attend the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 1 - 3 pm in the Memorial Union Building's Cochise Room (Tempe campus).