Call Issued for Nominations from Faculty for Outstanding Faculty Members

October 16, 2019

MEMORANDUM

TO: All Baylor Faculty Members FROM: Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors DATE: October 16, 2019 SUBJECT: Call for Nominations, Outstanding Faculty Members

Baylor University will honor twelve faculty members as Outstanding Faculty for this academic year. This award represents a singular honor since the recognition comes from one’s colleagues. Each of the twelve outstanding professors will receive a cash award of $2,500, a citation, and recognition by her or his department.

The chief element in the selection process is FACULTY NOMINATION of outstanding colleagues. Accordingly, the Selection Committee encourages all faculty members to nominate outstanding colleagues. Faculty members may submit a nomination for each award group below, with each School, College, the Seminary, or the Library determining the mechanics of such nominations. For instructions on how to submit a nomination in your department, please contact your dean. FACULTY MEMBERS SHOULD SEND EACH NOMINATION TO THE DEAN OF THE RESPECTIVE SCHOOL, COLLEGE, OR ORGANIZATION, TO ARRIVE BY JANUARY 21, 2020. All submissions must be electronic and in pdf format, submitted to Julia_Hejduk@baylor.edu. Please see the attached memo for details about the selection process and the award categories and criteria.

As in the past, preference will be given to nominees who have not previously received this award. Because of this constraint, it is reasonable to expect that in most cases a nominee's performance over a period of years will be taken into consideration. However, special emphasis should be given to recent performance, especially if changes in performance level have been occurring.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Chair, Julia Hejduk, at Julia_Hejduk@baylor.edu.


AWARD GROUPS
The twelve faculty members are to be selected as follows:

A. Three tenured teaching awards:

• One from the Schools of Business, Law, or Engineering and Computer Science 
• One from the Schools of Education, Music, Social Work, the Louise Herrington 
  School of Nursing, the College of Health and Human Sciences, the Seminary, 
  the Libraries, or the Honors College
• One from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total of three nominees may be 
  submitted, one each from
  o Science
  o Social Sciences
  o Humanities

B. One tenure-track but not yet tenured teaching award from all schools of 
   the university

C. Three non-tenure-track awards:

• One from the Schools of Business, Law, or Engineering and Computer Science 
• One from the Schools of Education, Music, Social Work, the Louise Herrington 
  School of Nursing, the College of Health and Human Sciences, the Seminary, 
  the Libraries, or the Honors College
• One from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total of three nominees may be 
  submitted, one each from 
  o Science
  o Social Sciences
  o Humanities

D. Three tenured scholarship awards 

• One from the Schools of Business, Law, or Engineering and Computer Science
• One from the Schools of Education, Music, Social Work, the Louise Herrington 
  School of Nursing, the College of Health and Human Sciences, the Seminary, 
  the Libraries or the Honors College
• One from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total of three nominees may be 
  submitted, one each from
  o Science
  o Social Sciences
  o Humanities

E. One tenure-track, but not yet tenured, scholarship award from all schools 
   of the university

F. One award for “significant contributions to the Academic community in ways 
   other than teaching or research.” This may be a nominee who is tenured; 
   tenure-track, but not yet tenured; or a non-tenure track faculty member.

SELECTION PROCESS
1. Faculty members may submit a nomination for each award group, with 
   each School, College, the Seminary, or the Library determining the 
   mechanics of such nominations.  FACULTY MEMBERS SHOULD SEND EACH 
   NOMINATION TO THE DEAN OF THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOL, COLLEGE, OR 
   ORGANIZATION, TO ARRIVE BY JANUARY 21, 2020.  Deans, please send your 
   selected nominations for all areas for which your School, College, etc. 
   is eligible to the Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors by 
   FEBRUARY 18, 2020 (details below). 
 
2. Under the leadership of the appropriate dean, a nominating committee 
   from each School, from the College of Arts and Sciences, from the 
   Louise Herrington School of Nursing, from the College of Health and 
   Human Sciences, from the Seminary, from the Library, and from the 
   Honors College will be selected.  This committee will be the 
   recommending body for its organizational unit.
 
3. Each committee should include a student representative on its nominating 
   committee, with the requirement that the student be a major in that 
   academic unit (except for the Libraries, where the student may be a 
   student worker).  Nominees from the Library must be faculty members, 
   as indicated, for example, by their inclusion in the faculty handbook. 
 
4. The nominating committee of each School, College, the Seminary, and 
   the Library should then make ONE NOMINATION for each applicable award 
   group and submit these nominations to the University’s Selection 
   Committee for Outstanding Professors.  PLEASE SEND THIS NOMINATION 
   TO THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE. This MUST be done electronically, sent 
   as ONE PDF file for each award nomination to the chair of the committee 
   (Julia_Hejduk@baylor.edu) by FEBRUARY 18, 2020. Please include the name
   of the award category, the name of the school, and the name of the 
   nominee in the name of the file. 

5. Within each College, each School, the Seminary, and the Library, the 
   nominating committee should make the final choice for its nominees, 
   with the individual dean deciding the mechanics of the balloting.
 
6. All persons nominated for the first award group should be tenured 
   faculty members, and nothing is to prevent the University’s 
   Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors from selecting 
   candidates from the same school year after year.  However, its members
   will be provided information about faculty members previously selected
   from the various academic units, and at the discretion of individual 
   committee members, that information may be factored into the voting 
   process.
 
7. Although the nominations for the first three teaching awards should
   be tenured faculty members, all full-time faculty members—both 
   tenured and non-tenured—should participate in the nomination process.
 
8. To assure fairness through uniformity of the information provided 
   on each candidate, the information on a given candidate must be 
   limited to FOUR PAGES.  Carefully select the material included rather
   than crowding your pages.  Avoid statements in the candidate’s own 
   voice (e.g., say “Professor Doe richly deserves this award,” not “I 
   richly deserve this award”).  The type font should be no smaller than 
   Times 10 and the margins no narrower than 3/4 inches.  Concisely 
   summarize student evaluations rather than including originals.  Do 
   not include pictures, performance announcements, or copies of published 
   works.  Where a full list of publications would require several pages, 
   limit the list to one page, with a brief paragraph at the end describing 
   the number and nature of the publications omitted.  We need adequate 
   information on which to base our understanding of why this is an 
   outstanding faculty member, possibly including (but remember to limit
   to a total of 4 pages for the full nomination packet for each nominee):
 
• abbreviated curriculum vitae 
• letters of recommendation from dean or chair
• letters of recommendation from colleagues (internal or external to Baylor)
• excerpts (quantitative and qualitative) from course evaluations
• letters of recommendation from current or past students 
 
Problems have arisen in the past because some schools failed to follow 
instructions concerning page restrictions.  Because of this, we ask that 
the pages be numbered, and keep in mind that only the first four pages will 
be forwarded to the University’s Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors.

With first priority going to the category for which a faculty member is 
being nominated (i.e., teaching, research, significant contributions, etc.), 
areas to be covered in the recommendations are:

I. Teaching
II. Research
III. University Service
IV. Student Contacts
V. Community and Church Service
 
9. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human 
   Sciences, the Schools, the Seminary, the Library, and the Honors College, 
   determination should be made concerning who is to compile the material 
   for submission to the University’s Selection Committee for Outstanding 
   Professors, but the nominations from each group are to be coordinated 
   through the office of the appropriate Dean. 
 
10. The University’s Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors has 
    been charged to select in each case the “best all-around professor 
    based upon teaching capabilities, research achievement, effective committee 
    service, time spent with students, and civic and church involvement.”
    Criteria for selection will include all of these; committee members will 
    emphasize the specific category from which the selection is to be made.
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