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The success of the Honors College depends critically upon its ability to attract the university’s best faculty into the College’s activities. The Provost Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and Advising will be given annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching, advising or other service in support of the Honors College. The recipient of this award will receive a $1,000 honorarium and be recognized at a reception hosted by the Provost in March. 

Eligible candidates include current faculty, including both full-time and adjunct, who have done one or more of the following:

  • demonstrated commitment to teaching Honors courses or seminars at JMU
  • demonstrated a sustained commitment to supervising Honors Capstone Projects
  • demonstrated a sustained commitment to the Honors College through service as an Honors Faculty Liaison within their department
  • demonstrated a sustained commitment to the Honors College through other volunteer service activities

The candidate may not have received this award during the last five years. Evaluation criteria include:

  • innovation in teaching, advising, or service to the Honors College and its students
  • impact on students within the Honors College
  • effectiveness of teaching, advising, or service to the Honors College and its students
  • demonstrated excellence in the development of Honors course content
  • demonstrated student successes related to the Honors Capstone project
  • commitment to the Honors College and its mission and goals

Nominations for the Honors College Distinguished Teaching and Advising Award will be accepted from Honors students and University faculty, including department heads. Prior years’ nominees will be contacted for application updates and remain in the nomination pool. Nominations must be received by mid-December each year. Nominations should be sent to the Dean of the Honors College in the form of a letter (maximum 500 words) addressing the candidate’s qualifications relative to the evaluation criteria listed above. Nomination letters can be sent to honors@jmu.edu or to the Honors College main office, 105 Hillcrest House, MSC 1501. 

Upon receipt of a letter of nomination, the Office will invite each nominee to submit copies of the following:

  • vita
  • letter of support from his or her department head or director
  • relevant supporting materials (including but not limited to items such as syllabi, evaluations, letters, abstracts of completed capstone projects, student success metrics such as job, internship or graduate placements, etc.)

The deadline for receipt of this material is February 8, 2017.  

The Honors College Awards Committee, minus any member(s) nominated for the award, will serve as the selection committee. The Award Committee will evaluate all materials and select the award recipient. The Committee will make its recommendation to the Provost by late February, who  will notify the award recipient by March 6, 2017.

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