CLA nominations for the Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education award are due November 4, 2016. Dossiers are due December 9, 2016.
Director of Administration, Scholarships, and Awards
The Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education is made possible through generous support of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Since the 1998-99 academic year, this honor has been awarded annually to exceptional candidates nominated by their colleges in their quest to identify excellence in postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education.
For the purpose of this award, graduate and professional students are defined as students pursuing a postbaccalaureate, graduate, or professional program.
In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as resources to the whole faculty.
Nominees are evaluated on the basis of a dossier documenting outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, or professional education. The dossier should provide specific evidence of outstanding performance in one or more—not necessarily all—of the categories listed below:
This list should not be considered exhaustive or restrictive as the selection committee will consider any and all outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education described by the materials provided. The magnitude of an outstanding contribution in one area may compensate for little contribution in other areas.
The selection committee considers outstanding contributions ranging from broadly distinguished performance over many years to a single extraordinary contribution. Persons receiving awards are those whose contributions the selection committee considers the most outstanding in a given year and also genuinely outstanding regardless of the year or the competition. The University of Minnesota is a research university, so the dossiers of all nominees should include evidence of their intellectual distinction.
During the 2016-17 academic year, 5-8 University of Minnesota faculty members will be selected to receive the award with the announcement of award recipients in March 2017. Recipients receive a one-time $15,000 award and become members of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
The College of Liberal Arts hosts its own college-wide selection process, performed by the Instructional Awards Committee, before submitting applications to the University.
CLA nominations are due by November 4, 2016 to the CLA Office of Undergraduate Education. The office then contacts the home department of each nominated faculty member and provides guidelines for preparing a complete nomination dossier. The department prepares the nomination dossier for the faculty member. Dossiers are due to the CLA Office of Undergraduate Education by December 9, 2016.
Once dossiers are submitted, the CLA Instructional Awards Committee reviews the dossiers and makes recommendations to the CLA dean, who may forward up to 5 dossiers to the University Graduate-Professional Award Selection Committee. The committee will announce the award recipients March 2017.