Call for Nominations: University of Akron Achievement Awards

All members of The University of Akron and its campuses including students, faculty, staff, contract professionals, and administrators are invited to submit nominations for the University of Akron Achievement Awards. These awards honor faculty, staff, and contract professionals whose contributions to the University community warrant recognition.

How to complete a nomination:

  1. Carefully review the criteria for the award (descriptions and criteria are below) for which you would like to nominate an individual. 
    • Note: Nominees should meet one or more of the criteria, but do not need to meet all listed criteria
  2. Complete the nomination form.
  3. Attach a letter of two pages or fewer that details and demonstrates how the nominee meets the award criteria.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28th.


After nominations have been received, the nominees will be contacted and asked to submit their curriculum vitae or resume to the awards committee. They will also be invited to submit materials that support their nomination.

Thank you for taking the time to honor the University of Akron faculty, staff, and contract professionals who make The University of Akron a strong, vibrant, student-centered community.

Nomination form


University of Akron Achievement Awards

Descriptions and criteria for nine awards to be awarded to faculty, staff and contract professionals for the 2017-18 academic year.

I. Outstanding Teacher (2 awards)

Description: All full-time faculty members currently teaching and employed by the University are eligible. This award requires documented evidence of teaching excellence, as reflected in its impact on student learning and success. 

One award will be given to a faculty member with fewer than six years of service, and the second will be given to a faculty member with six years of service or greater.

Criteria: An Outstanding University of Akron Teacher must demonstrate exceptional: 

  1. Knowledge/Preparation – Deep and comprehensive knowledge of his/her discipline or field and a commitment to remaining current in course-related preparation
  2. Instructional Design Skills – Skill in defining appropriate learning goals, outcomes, and standards; and in developing challenging assignments and assessments consistent with those course goals and outcomes
  3. Teaching Skills – Skill in communicating course material clearly and effectively, and skill in promoting deep learning (not just rote memorization), including critical and creative thinking
  4. Motivational Skills – Skill in promoting appreciation of the subject matter and interest in further learning
  5. Creativity – Ability to adapt/develop new instructional solutions to the ever-changing learning needs and characteristics of University of Akron students
  6. Learner-Centeredness – Skill in helping University of Akron students discover and achieve their individual educational goals

II. Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award

All adjunct faculty members instructing at least once per year in department or program over three academic years are eligible. Nominees must be teaching in the current academic year. The nominee must demonstrate commitment to excellence in the classroom; innovative teaching and learning opportunities for students; contributions/collaborations with program development; or exceptional student mentorship.

Criteria: An Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member must demonstrate exceptional: 

  1. Knowledge/Preparation – Deep and comprehensive knowledge of his/her discipline or field and a commitment to remaining current in course-related preparation
  2. Instructional Design Skills – Skill in defining appropriate learning goals, outcomes, and standards; and in developing challenging assignments and assessments consistent with those course goals and outcomes
  3. Teaching Skills – Skill in communicating course material clearly and effectively, and skill in promoting deep learning (not just rote memorization), including critical and creative thinking
  4. Motivational Skills – Skill in promoting appreciation of the subject matter and interest in further learning
  5. Creativity – Ability to adapt/develop new instructional solutions to the ever-changing learning needs and characteristics of University of Akron students
  6. Learner-Centeredness – Skill in helping University of Akron students discover and achieve their individual educational goals

III. Outstanding Researcher

Description: All full-time faculty members currently employed by the University for at least five years are eligible. This applicant's research must have contributed to the faculty member's field of endeavor and be evidenced by federally- or industrially-funded grants and contracts, as well as publications in refereed journals, scholarly books, and/or patents. The awards are to be based primarily on research achievement, although scholarly activity and productivity as reflected in the quality of teaching and its impact on students may be considered.

Criteria: An Outstanding University of Akron Researcher must:

  1. Possess a comprehensive knowledge of his/her field – as shown by a scholarly grasp of the subject and an abiding interest in the academic discipline
  2. Organize and present subject matter effectively – as demonstrated by publication in refereed journals, books, funded competitive federal grants, etc.
  3. Be viewed as either an expert, leader, or an emerging leader in her or his field.

IV. Outstanding Mentor

Description: The University of Akron recognizes exceptional achievement in student mentoring with the Outstanding Mentor Award for faculty members, staff and contract professionals.

Criteria: An Outstanding Mentor must demonstrate exceptional: 

  1. Dedication to a student’s academic success and engagement in the campus community
  2. Commitment to enhancing a student’s academic experience and in helping University of Akron students discover and achieve their individual educational goals
  3. Skill in promoting the appreciation of The University of Akron community and our mission of higher education
  4. Ability to include diverse groups of students as valued and necessary participants in education.

V. Supporting the Student Experience Award

The University of Akron recognizes exceptional achievement in the dedication to student academic support, student learning, and student engagement with this award, open to all faculty, staff and contract professionals. This award recognizes that excellence in driving the student experience can take many forms.

Criteria: An Outstanding Supporter of the Student Experience should demonstrate:

  1. Dedication to students’ academic success and engagement in the campus community
  2. Commitment to enhancing support for student success by creating and supporting an “Akron Experience”
  3. Skill in promoting the understanding of what it takes to be successful in college
  4. Ability to develop new solutions to the ever-changing needs and characteristics of students
  5. Commitment to helping University of Akron students discover and achieve their individual educational goals.

VI. Community Engagement Award

Description: The University recognizes and celebrates faculty, administrators, and staff who have made engagement with the community a focus of their approach to student learning and scholarship. Recipients should demonstrate engagement that addresses critical community concerns or leadership in academic service-learning.

Criteria:

  1. Dedication to service or experiential learning, or other community involvement.
  2. Commitment to enhancing a student’s academic experience through engagement with community.
  3. Skill in promoting service learning or other kinds of service to the community.
  4. Ability to include diverse groups in the community.
  5. Engagement with the community that has had an identified impact on the targeted constituents.

VII. Exemplary University Service Award

Description: The Exemplary University Service Award recognizes consistent excellence above and beyond the call of duty in service to the department, college, and/or university during one’s years of employment at The University of Akron (as a Contract Professional, Staff, or Faculty member).

Contract Professional
Staff
Faculty

Full and part-time faculty, contract professional and staff employees with at least 2 years of service to The University of Akron are eligible to be nominated. Nominees should have an impressive service record and meet one or more of the following criteria.

Criteria:

  1. Gives maximum effort, consistently exceeding job and workload demands
  2. Demonstrates a positive attitude
  3. Leads by example and motivates others
  4. Shows a strong commitment to their job and to The University of Akron
  5. Continuously helps and works well with others; collegial
  6. Has a record of service that has made an impact on the life and mission of The University of Akron, including work with students, a department, college or campus, or the institution as a whole

VIII. Diversity Award

Description: The University of Akron recognizes the accomplishments of faculty, contract professionals and staff who contribute to a culturally diverse, inclusive and compassionate University community through exemplary leadership. Recipients should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multi-cultural programming, cultural competency, or community outreach activities.

Criteria: Individuals must have demonstrated diversity leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Participates in or promotes activities to recruit, retain, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of the faculty or staff
  2. Demonstrates dedication to students’ academic success and engagement in the campus community
  3. Participates or promotes activities to create leadership teams that promote a diverse and inclusive culture
  4. Engages in sponsorship or active promotion of programs or initiatives in the area of diversity and inclusion
  5. Collaborates with campus or community groups in the creation and implementation of programs, initiatives, or projects in the area of diversity and inclusion
  6. Demonstrates a commitment to helping University of Akron students discover and achieve their individual educational goals