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Nominate your faculty: 2021-2022 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards nomination portal now open!

Every year, the Graduate College recognizes outstanding faculty members for their 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

The nomination portal for the 2021-2022 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards will open September 1, 2021 and close October 1, 2021. Nominations must come from current ASU graduate students, postdoctoral scholars or alumni.


For 2021-2022, faculty members may be nominated in the following categories:

Outstanding Doctoral Mentor. This category recognizes tenured, tenure-track and clinical faculty for exemplary doctoral committee service.

Outstanding Master’s Mentor. This category recognizes tenured, tenure-track and clinical faculty for exemplary Master’s committee service.

Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor. This category recognizes all faculty supervisors of postdoctoral scholars for exemplary professional training, mentorship and guidance.

Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor. This category recognizes tenured, tenure-track or untenured instructional, adjunct and clinical faculty for exemplary mentorship, guidance or Masters' or doctoral committee service.


In addition to travel or research funding, recipients each receive a commemorative medallion and letter of recognition.

Nominating your faculty

Nominate your faculty member by completing the online nomination form. This process is designed to provide our review team with a comprehensive examination of your nominee's mentoring practices. We highly encourage reviewing eligibility and evaluation criteria (below) and preparing strong examples of how your nominee meets evaluation criteria in advance of submitting. To craft a competitive nomination, we suggest answering question prompts as thoroughly and completely as possible. You may expect to spend 30-45 minutes on the nomination.

Submit your nomination


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, equitable 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 and equitable academic environments – a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity 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

Review and Faculty Notification

Initial student nomination materials must be received by October 1, 2021 for consideration. In October, finalists will be informed of their status and asked to submit the following:

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

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

  3. Curriculum vitae, including names, email addresses,  current institutions and positions, and relationships (i.e. faculty advisor, committee member, research project director) for at least three (3) previous graduate students or postdoctoral scholars.


Review and Awardee Selection

Review for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards will take place through November and December of 2021. Nominees and nominating students will be notified of final nomination status in mid-January.

All finalists, nominees, nominators, and departments are invited to attend the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards on Monday, February 28, 2022. Further event details will be released in Winter 2021.