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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.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 awards are now closed. Awardees will be recognized at the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards ceremony on February 24, 2020. Please check back soon for RSVP information.

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 2019-2020 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards will close on October 1, 2019. 


For 2019-20, 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 ($1,500);
  2. Outstanding Master's Mentor ($1,000);
  3. Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor ($800);
  4. Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor ($1,200);

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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

Initial Review and Faculty Notification

Nomination processing will begin in October. During this time, faculty will be informed of their nomination and asked to submit the following:

  1. 750-1000 word statement on their mentoring philosophy and the importance of mentoring to graduate student and/or postdoctoral scholar success;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. Names, email addresses and relationships (i.e. faculty advisor, committee member, research project director) for three (3) previous graduate students or postdoctoral  scholars;
  4. Name, title, department, and contact information for supervising chair/department head.

These materials must be received by November 1, 2019 for a nomination file to be considered complete.

On November 6, 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

Final review will be completed by January 17. At that time, all nominees and nominating parties will be informed of their nomination status.

All finalists, nominees, nominators, and departments are invited to attend the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 1 - 2:30 pm in the Memorial Union Pima Auditorium on the Tempe campus.