Ford Faculty Endowment Award Criteria

The Ford Faculty Endowment Award is given to full-time instructional faculty members for a period of one year. Selection for the awards will be based on criteria expressed by the donors as well as those established by the Academic Council.

Criteria for Award

Donor wishes – A nominee must possess a record of excellence in any of the following:

  • Teaching and/or scholarly, creative activity.
  • Curriculum development.
  • Technology enhancements.
  • Professional development initiatives.
  • Integration of teaching and scholarship to benefit student learning process.

Academic Council guidelines:

  • Full-time instructional faculty.
  • Ten to twenty years of service at JMU.


Nominations: Colleges are invited to make one nomination for each award. Nominations must be made through the dean and supported by the nominee’s academic unit.  Documents to be included in the nomination packets are described below. Nominations are submitted to the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship by March 1, 2017.  Award decisions will be made by March 29, 2017.


  • Selection committee includes: Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship (chair), Faculty Senate representative and two members from Academic Council appointed by Provost.
  • Committee recommends recipients to Provost who makes award.
  • Nomination packets should be submitted by March 1, 2017 and should include the faculty member’s current CV, a nomination letter from the dean, unit head or unit PAC (no more than three pages in length), addressing the nominee’s record of accomplishment in one or more of the award criteria. Additionally, the packet should include a personal statement from the nominee addressing accomplishments and contributions to the profession (no more than three pages in length). 
  • Selection will occur by March 29, 2017.


  • Terms of award:  one-year award, non-renewable.
  • Award use:  May be used as a salary supplement or to support instruction or research.

Guidelines for preparation of nomination letter

A nominee must possess a record of excellence in any of five areas of scholarly endeavor: teaching and/or scholarly/creative activity, curriculum development, technology enhancements, professional development initiatives, integration of teaching and scholarship to benefit student learning process. Nomination letters should discuss candidates’ accomplishments at JMU and in the profession, demonstrating clear evidence of the nature, level, and/or degree of a nominee’s contributions.  Examples may address instruction, student development and learning, the use of technology in teaching, scholarly works (objective, subjective, and/or artistic), scholarly activities (new knowledge and research), curricular development, interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary activity, meaningful connections between a nominee’s scholarship and teaching, application of knowledge and expertise in the contexts of the university, community, society or professional service. 

Ford Faculty Award Recipients


Dr. . Barbara Reisner
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry


Dr. Gina M. MacDonald
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry 


Dr. Louise M. Temple-Rosebrook
Professor, Integrated Science and Technology


Dr. Mike Saunders
Professor, Kinesiology


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