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Nominate an Outstanding Faculty Mentor

Outstanding Faculty Mentors


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, a letter of support by the nominating student/students 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 GradMentor@asu.edu. All nominations must come from current ASU graduate students and faculty; self-nomination are not permitted.


Awards will be presented to faculty in each of three categories:
  1. Outstanding doctoral committee chair ($1,200);
  2. Outstanding Master's committee chair ($1,000);
  3. Outstanding faculty advisor or mentor ($800).


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



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. demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through advising, informal or formal mentoring, or thesis/dissertation committee service.

Previous Awardees

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

Nomination Materials

Nomination materials

In addition to meeting the above criteria, successful nominations must include strong nominator statements of support in which the following are clearly addressed and articulated in an essay of no less than 250 words:

  1. a demonstrated record of mentoring and student professional development;
  2. A demonstrated commitment to diversity in the mentoring process;
  3. A demonstrated record of graduate teaching excellence.


How to nominate a faculty mentor

To submit a nomination, complete online nomination form.

Note: to ensure eligibility of candidate, please read all directions carefully.

Finalist Submission Materials

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.

All faculty will notified of their nomination no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2018, and finalist submission materials will be due for review by Wednesday, November 13. Semifinalists will be notified by Monday, December 10, 2018, with final awardees determined and notified by Friday, January 18, 2019. All finalists, nominees, and their departments are invited to attend the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards on Wednesday, February 20, from 1 - 3 p.m. (TBD).