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Nominations for Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award - Fall 2020

About the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards

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. This award recognizes faculty, tenured, or tenure-track for exemplary graduate student mentoring.

Nominations are being accepted September 7 – November 1, 2020.

Faculty Nomination Form

Awards Criteria

  • Awards are based upon nomination by current Sac State graduate students or postdoctoral scholars.
  • Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track members of the Graduate Faculty for a minimum of THREE (3) years at the time of nomination.
  • Nominees must be teaching graduate courses during the current academic year and demonstrate positive student evaluations.

Nomination Process

Nominations by two or more graduate students/postdoctoral scholars for the same faculty member are encouraged. Please note that the nominating graduate students cannot nominate more than one faculty member in an academic year.

All nominations must include the following documentation:

  1. Current curriculum vitae for nominee.
  2. Nomination Letter (3-page maximum) - When submitting a nomination letter jointly with other graduate students, each of their names must appear on the letter. The nomination letter should demonstrate a successful record of graduate student mentorship, including evidence of mentoring activities such as working with students on research projects, supporting students on grants and funded research projects, co-authoring papers, posters, and/or conference presentations, supervising graduate internships, providing professional development opportunities and professional socialization into the field, chairing Thesis/Dissertation committees of recent graduates, serving as a Thesis/Dissertation committee member, providing pedagogy training to graduate students, advising of graduate students, etc.
  3. Additional 2 – 4 Supporting Letters – The letters should offer support from staff, faculty, current or former students and postdoctoral scholars, and community leaders.
    • Nominations should come directly from graduate students and must be submitted using the website.
    • Submit nominations individually or jointly with other graduate students who have been mentored by the faculty member.
    • Letters of support for the nominee must include:
      • Name of the faculty mentor being nominated & department
      • Letter writer’s name, email, relationship to nominee & role at Sac State
      • Signature

Faculty Nomination Forms will be accepted September 7 – November 1, 2020.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted at this time. Send submissions and nomination documentation to the Office of Graduate Studies at .

Evaluation Criteria

An advisory committee will review the nominations and select the recipients of the award. Each faculty member selected by the Committee will be asked to submit a one- to two-page statement describing his or her mentoring philosophy and the steps he or she has taken to mentor graduate students.

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.