University College and the Office of General Education invite nominations for the following awards. To nominate a faculty or staff member for one of these awards, please send the nominee's name, e-mail address, and a brief statement of the reasons for your nomination to Michael Krenn, Director of General Education. Deadline for nominations is February 29, 2016. Nominees will be contacted for further information.
Wayne D. Duncan Appalachian State University Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship
An award of approximately $4000 will be granted to a full-time faculty member at Appalachian State University in recognition of innovative and successful teaching in the general education program. The fellowship may be used for travel, equipment, or other approved purposes for enhancement of the faculty member's teaching and/or scholarship or creative activity. The award was established by First Citizens Bank in honor of Wayne D. Duncan. He is the past chairman of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and past chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors where he now serves as an Emeritus member.
Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching (NTT)
The award will be given to a part-time or full-time faculty member who is not on the tenure track at Appalachian in recognition for innovative and committed teaching in the General Education Program. The award comes with a $1000 stipend that may be used for travel, equipment, or other approved purposes for enhancement of the faculty member’s teaching and/or scholarship or creative activity.
Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar
The Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar honors a First Year Seminar instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made an impact on student lives in the First Year Seminar classroom. It includes a $500 stipend.
Examples of Outstanding Teaching in FYS may include:
-Enthusiasm in the classroom.
-Evidence of innovation in pedagogy
-Creation of a safe and open space in the classroom where students are free to take intellectual risks and form meaningful relationships.
-Demonstrated competence and expertise in the subject matter of the course.
-Connection of learning in the classroom to the life of the broader community.
Harvey Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award
This award is given to a full-time Appalachian State University employee who has contributed significantly to improving the freshman experience on our campus. A modest stipend is included. Faculty, staff, and administrators with sustained contributions to the freshman experience over at least a three-year period are eligible for consideration. Nominators should consider persons who have demonstrated extraordinary personal commitment to freshmen, have provided effective classroom instruction to freshman classes, have shown dedication to programs that have supported and served freshmen, or have repeatedly exhibited exceptional individual commitment to freshman success.
Excellence in Student Advising and Mentoring
Excellence in advising and mentoring is an integral component of the mission of University College. University College offers services to help students achieve the goals of a liberal education and become leaders prepared to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Effective advising and mentoring includes promoting and fostering student learning, development and self-authorship. Such advisors and mentors equip, guide and teach students, helping them to learn, grow and develop as critical, creative thinkers and responsible, informed world citizens. The purpose of the University College Award for Excellence in Student Advising and Mentoring is to recognize superior performance by a faculty or staff member as an advisor or mentor.
Excellence in Community Engagement
Community engagement is an integral component of University College’s mission. Community engagement in University College includes faculty and staff whose activities promote the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of the University College Award for Excellence in Community Engagement is to provide recognition of outstanding accomplishments in community engagement and/or outreach activities by a faculty or staff member.
APortfolio Award for Excellence in Teaching
This award recognizes a faculty member who has effectively integrated the use of Digication ePortfolios into his/her instructional program for purposes of assessing, showcasing, and encouraging reflection on students' work. The award is open to any member of the Appalachian State University faculty who has used Aportfolios in his/her course or degree program. The faculty member should be able to demonstrate the ways in which he or she has integrated e-portfolios into the instructional process.