Faculty Excellence Awards are established pursuant to the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. Procedures and timelines for determining Faculty Excellence Awards for any given year shall be conducted in accordance with guidelines issued by the Office of the Provost.

  1. General Principles

    The purpose of Faculty Excellence Awards is both to award meritorious performance during the period reviewed and to motivate future meritorious performance. Three (3) broadly-defined categories of documented meritorious Faculty performance, consistent with the mission of the academic unit/campus and the evaluative criteria and relative weighting defined in the academic unit/campus section of the Faculty Handbook, are to be recognized through merit awards. Weighting in the three categories for the School of Foundations, Leadership, and Administration are as follows: (1) 40% for documented meritorious performance in research and/or creative activities; (2) 30% for documented meritorious performance in teaching; and (3) 30% for documented meritorious service to the unit/campus, college, University, and/or academic profession.

  2. Faculty Excellence Awards Procedure and Criteria

    During years that the university allocates funds for Faculty Excellence Awards (FEA), Faculty members shall receive notice from the School Director of the requirements for the documentation of requests for FEAs and the due date for the submission of this documentation.


    Faculty may apply in three, two, or one of the categories. Each Faculty member who applies for an excellence award must provide a current vita and summary evidence of her or his performance for consideration. Unlike promotion and tenure files, actual documentation for merit need not be submitted unless the summary is unclear or is questioned. Works considered "in press" can be included in the evaluation. Faculty are responsible for submitting their documentation materials, in accordance with departmental guidelines (established by the FAC), to the School Director by the due date.


    The FAC is the representative body charged with recommending to the Director the criteria and procedures for FEA evaluations. There is no fixed number or percentage of Faculty who should receive awards.

  3. Rating Scale for Determining Faculty Excellence Awards

    The rating scale used for FEAs is: Not Meritorious; Meritorious; and Outstanding

    Meritorious. Each FAC member will rate the applicant's file in the appropriate category on a 7-point scale. Ratings at the low of the scale will be associated with work that may meet expectations in a category but is not considered as having reached a meritorious level. Ratings in the middle of the scale will be associated with work that is considered to have reached a meritorious level. Ratings at the high end of the scale will be associated with work that is considered to have greatly exceeded expectations in a category and would be considered as being outstanding meritorious. The School's Special Assistant will assign a code to each file and prepare a randomized anonymous matrix of average rankings for candidates applying for merit in each category. In determining the average rankings for each applicant, the highest and lowest ranking will not be considered. Clusters within the distribution of rankings will be unanimously agreed upon by the FAC.  The same dollar allocation will be made to members of the Faculty within each cluster. Each Faculty member in the outstanding meritorious category will receive 2 units of the total allocation. Faculty members rated as being in the meritorious level would receive 1 unit of the total allocation. The FAC will make recommendations regarding allocations to the School Director who will then make final decisions related to these allocations. The School Director will assign dollar amounts to each successful applicant when preparing the School's recommendations for FEAs to the Dean.


    Faculty will be notified in writing by the School Director of the preliminary determination of her or his FEA. Prior to forwarding a final determination as to Faculty FEAs, a Faculty member may make a request for reconsideration in writing to the FAC. The FAC will review any requests for reconsideration and make a final recommendation to the School Director.