James Madison University prides itself on the accomplishments and commitment of its faculty. Each year, in recognition of superlative achievement, the university presents the following awards. Each college has a set of criteria used in the selection process.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a faculty member who provides exceptional professional related service at the University, local, and national levels. One faculty member from each college receives this award.
Distinguished Teacher Award
The Distinguished Teacher Award was established to honor faculty members annually for exemplary teaching. Each year the university presents the award to one faculty member in each college. The James Madison University community strives to encourage excellence in the classroom and continues to make teaching a priority.
In each college, professors nominate their colleagues for the Madison Scholar award. The Award winners exemplify excellence and scholarly achievement in their respective disciplines. Each winner presents a lecture on his or her area of expertise during the academic year. Faculty who have served in their colleges at the rank of assistant professor or above for at least five years are eligible for this award.
The Provost Award for Excellence
The Provost Award for Excellence is presented each year to faculty and staff who have made extraordinary contributions to the University in a variety of areas. These include, but are not limited to, curriculum development, advising, external programs and research, community service, assessment of student learning, international experiences, ethical and moral development, and citizenship.
Goodman Faculty Award
Clement (’84) and Robin Cahill (’83) Goodman established the Goodman Faculty Award in the fall 2012. This endowment was established to recognize excellence in teaching, and especially faculty who integrate their teaching and scholarship to benefit our students and the learning process. In consultation with the Academic Council, it was further decided the award should recognize an exceptional junior faculty member.
The Mengebier Professorship is an endowed professorship established in memory of the Rev. Dr. William L. Mengebier by the Class of 1958. Rev. Dr. Mengebier had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of Madison students during his academic career, and the professorship was established to be supportive of each college at James Madison University in a rotational basis as the Class of 1958 recognized the important role of each college’s faculty in the Madison experience.