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Provost Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and Service 

The success of the Honors Program depends critically upon its ability to attract the university’s best faculty into the program. The Provost Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and Service will be given annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching, advising or other service in support of the Honors Program. 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:

  • taught an Honors course or seminar at JMU
  • supervised Senior Honors Projects
  • served as a faculty liaison
  • provided other unpaid service to the program

The candidate may not have not received this award during the last five years. Evaluation criteria include: innovation in teaching or advising, impact on students, effectiveness of teaching or advising, excellence in the development of course content, demonstrated student successes related to the senior project, and commitment to the Honors Program and its goal of meeting the educational needs of talented, highly motivated students. 

Nominations for the Honors Program Distinguished Teaching and Service Award will be accepted from Honors students and University faculty, including department heads. Nominees from last year who submitted supporting material will automatically be reconsidered. Nominations must be received by mid-December. Nominations should be sent to the Honors Program Director 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 or to the Honors Program 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 senior projects, etc.)

The deadline for receipt of this material is early February.  

The Honors Program Committee, minus any member(s) nominated for the award, will serve as the Award Selection Committee. The Award Selection Committee will evaluate all materials and select the award recipient. The Committee will make its recommendation to the Honors Program Director by late February. The Director will notify the award recipient.