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Nominate a Faculty Mentor

The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards recognize the importance of faculty-graduate student relationships and honors those faculty who make profound, lifelong impacts on their students.

Nomination Process

Awards are based upon nomination by current ASU graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. A graduate student or postdoctoral scholar may not nominate more than one faculty member in an academic year. Nominations by two or more graduate students/postdoctoral scholars for the same faculty member are encouraged.

The nomination portal for the 2020-2021 award will open in Fall 2020.


For 2020-2021, faculty members may be nominated in the following 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 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;
  2. Outstanding Master's Mentor;
  3. Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor;
  4. Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor;

In addition to a commemorative medallion, recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards receive travel/research funding.

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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. Demonstrate a 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. See a list of awardees and their essays on mentoring.

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

Information on the nomination and review processes and timelines for 2020-2021 will be available in Fall 2020.