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Guidelines for UAlbany President's Excellence Awards

 

We are pleased to invite you to submit nominations for the University at Albany President’s Excellence Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year. Excellence Awards recognize colleagues who are exemplary models of the outstanding performance expected from all University employees. We urge each member of the University community to nominate deserving individuals in each of the specific award categories identified below.

Please see past recipients of the President’s Excellence Awards here

Excellence in Teaching: These awards recognize consistently superior teaching, at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level over a period of several years. The award committees are coordinated in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and we encourage you to contact that office with any questions about these awards.

There are three categories for Excellence in Teaching.

Excellence in Teaching by Full-Time Faculty: This award recognizes superior teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level by members of the full-time teaching faculty. Nominees may be appointed to any academic rank below that of Distinguished Teaching Professor, and must be able to offer a record of excellence in teaching as full-time, tenure-track faculty at the University at Albany. Candidates must have completed three academic years of full-time teaching out of the five years on the campus immediately prior to Fall 2014. Letters of intent are due via email on or before October 5, 2014. Please email Karen McNeill at kmcneill@albany.edu with your letter of intent.* Full nominations are due on November 1, 2014

Excellence in Teaching by Part-time or Full-Time non-tenure track FacultyThis award recognizes superior teaching by part-time faculty members, faculty members in non-tenure track appointments, and professional staff who teach. Nominees must be able to document several semesters of excellence in teaching at the University prior to Fall 2014. Letters of intent are due via email on or before October 5, 2014.Please email Karen McNeill at kmcneill@albany.edu with your letter of intent.* Full nominations are due on November 1, 2014.

Excellence in Teaching by Teaching AssistantsThis award recognizes superior teaching at the undergraduate level by Teaching Assistants. Nominees must be able to document several semesters of excellence in teaching at the University prior to Fall 2014. Letters of intent are due via email on or before October 5, 2014. Please email Karen McNeill at kmcneill@albany.edu with your letter of intent.* Full nominations are due on November 1, 2014.

* After submission of your Letter of Intent, you will receive further information on the necessary contents of the portfolio required for full review of a nomination.  Additional guidance regarding successful nomination packets may be obtained from Ms. Karen McNeill in the Office ofthe Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (kmcneill@albany.edu or 518/442-3950)

Excellence in Academic Service: This award recognizes consistently superior service over multiple years by members of the full-time teaching faculty who are appointed to ranks below Distinguished Professor. They must be able to document achievements from at least three years of full-time service at the University within the five years prior to Fall 2014. Nominees for the award may hold any of the following academic ranks: professor, associate professor, or assistant professor.

To be nominated, a faculty member must demonstrate consistently superior service. Eligible service contributions may occur in a variety of areas including service to the campus, the State University, the local community or contributions at the regional, state-wide, national or international levels. Eligible activities may encompass a combination of service contributions to discipline or disciplinary and professional organizations and societies; and to leadership in local or system-wide faculty governance.

The nature of the service must exceed the work generally considered to be part of a candidate’s basic professional obligation (professional committees, etc.) and must include service that exceeds that for which faculty are normally compensated. There must be positive evidence of outstanding achievement and skill in providing leadership, outreach, or other University and/or community service or extraordinary service and leadership in the nominee’s professional organization.

The scope of the service must extend over multiple years, must be geared toward effecting positive change and must involve the generous giving of personal time in service to areas previously described.

Nominations must include:

  • a current and detailed curriculum vitae
  • a summary statement of no more than five pages that addresses the nominee’s service impact. The nature of the service must exceed the work generally considered to be part of a nominee’s basic professional obligation
  • Confidential letters from peers and others in a position to comment on the nominee’s contributions are encouraged

Additional guidance regarding successful nomination packets may be obtained from Dr. William Hedberg (518-956-8030, or whedberg@albany.edu). Nominations are due via email to William Hedberg by November 1, 2014.

Excellence in Librarianship: This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship. Nominees must hold a full-time appointment as a professional librarian, possess an M.L.S. degree or equivalent. They must be able to document at least three academic years of service at the University within the five years prior to Fall 2014.

The nomination must present positive evidence that the candidate performs superbly in fulfilling his or her librarianship duties. Consideration should be given to the candidate's ability to perform this function in a creative and innovative fashion that is of outstanding quality. In providing librarianship services, the candidate must be generous with personal time and easily accessible. The individual must be flexible and adapt readily to the needs of the library, the institution and the constituents served. The candidate must also keep abreast of developments in the field and use relevant contemporary data in relation to that person’s work situation. Evidence in this category should include references to publications, membership and work in professional organizations, attendance at meetings, seminars, etc.

Nominations must include

  • a current and detailed curriculum vitae
  • a summary statement of no more than five pages that addresses the nominee’s skill in librarianship, service to the University and to the profession, and scholarship and continuing professional growth
  • confidential letters from peers and others in a position to comment on the nominee’s professional impact and contributions are also encouraged

Guidance regarding the requirements for nominations is available from Ms. Ann Gunning, University Libraries (agunning@albany.edu or 518/442-3520 or agunning@albany.edu). Nominations are due in the Office of the Provost (UNH 308) by November 1, 2014.

Excellence in Professional Service: This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement within and beyond the position.

There are two categories of Excellence in Professional Service:

Excellence in Professional Service by Full-Time Professional Staff: Nominees must be members of the full-time professional staff or the State University of New York Research Foundation, and have completed at least three years of continuous service in the position for which they are being nominated prior to Fall 2014.

Excellence in Professional Service by Part-Time Professional Staff: Nominees must be members of the part-time professional staff or the State University of New York Research Foundation, and must have completed three academic years of part-time professional service out of the five years immediately prior to Fall 2014.

Nominees for the award must be individuals who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses—and by extension or through direct service—the State University and, in doing so, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence. At all position levels, nominees shall be those individuals who can serve as professional role models for a University in the pursuit of excellence.

The candidate must perform superbly in fulfilling the job description for the position held; and should also demonstrate excellence in professional activities beyond the parameters of the job description. The ideal candidate will satisfy the standards in a creative and innovative fashion while demonstrating flexibility and adapt-ability to institutional needs. Consideration should be given to capabilities and accomplishments in the areas of leadership, decision making and problem solving. Evidence in this category includes, but is not limited to, professional recognitions, initiation of ideas, development of proposals, and committee activities.

Nominations must include:

  • a current and detailed curriculum vitae
  • a summary statement of no more than five pages that addresses the nominee’s performance in fulfilling the job description for the position held as well as excellence in professional activities beyond the parameters of the job description
  • Confidential letters from peers and others in a position to comment on the nominee’s professional impact and contributions are also encouraged

Additional guidance regarding successful nomination packets may be obtained from Dr. William Hedberg (518-956-8030, or whedberg@albany.edu). Nominations are due via email to William Hedberg by November 1, 2014.

Excellence in Support Service: This award recognizes individuals who have given consistent and superior performance and service in a classified position or a non-exempt position not covered by the other Excellence Awards. Nominees must have been in their positions for a minimum of two years of continuous full-time service prior to Fall 2014.

The nomination must provide evidence that the candidate has performed superbly in fulfilling the job description for the position held; and should give examples of how he or she has exceeded the requirements of the position through superior service to the university, students, faculty and staff. Evidence of service to the community is also encouraged.

Nominations must include:

  • a current and detailed resume
  • a summary statement of no more than five pages that addresses the nominee’s skills and service contributions to the University’s program and operation
  • confidential letters from peers and others in a position to comment on the nominee’s job-related impact are also encouraged

Additional guidance regarding successful nomination packets may be obtained from Dr. William Hedberg (518-956-8030, or whedberg@albany.edu). Nominations are due via email to William Hedberg by November 1, 2014.

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities: The Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award is designed to acknowledge and recognize consistently outstanding accomplishments in research and creative activities conducted by the University at Albany faculty. Faculty members are nominated by their colleagues for this award. In general, candidates must have completed at least three academic years of full-time service out of five years at the University at Albany prior to the year of nomination. Candidates must be full-time tenured or tenure-track teaching faculty or research associates with full-time, permanent appointments.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to Elizabeth Rooks in the Office of the Vice President for Research at ERooks@albany.edu by Friday, November 1, 2014. Further information about the eligibility requirements and guidelines for submissions may be found here.