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Mentorship Award

One (1) award annually, $1,000

Description:  The Mentorship Award recognizes faculty and teaching staff who have demonstrated exceptional teacher-leadership in General Education, via role modeling and intentional mentoring of General Education faculty peers. 

Eligibility: All full-time and part-time faculty who teach at least one General Education course at EKU.  

Selection Criteria:  Application materials will be assessed for evidence of the following criteria:

  • Maintains a rich and impactful mentoring relationship with one or more General Education colleagues.  Examples might include sharing classroom practices, documents, and materials, providing classroom observations and feedback, maintaining routine connection points, and guiding faculty toward helpful resources

  • Shares successful General Education classroom practices with colleagues through departmental or college level committee work, professional development, or other mentoring processes

  • Creates inclusive mentoring relationships by recognizing and responding to individual mentee experiences related to General Education

Nomination Process & Materials:  Applicants must be nominated by EKU faculty, students, staff, or administrators who have direct knowledge of the nominee’s mentoring and role modeling impact. Nominators will be asked to discuss and provide examples as to why the applicant is deserving of this award. Once the initial pool of nominations are received, a committee of three (3) General Education faculty will then identify a smaller number of nominees who will be invited to apply for the award. Self-nominations are welcomed.

Full Application Narrative:  Each nominee should submit a narrative (600 words or less) describing their mentoring and role modeling activities, with emphasis on the areas noted in the selection criteria.  

Examples/Materials: Three (3) pieces of evidence (examples, course materials, evaluations, etc.) that best showcase the nominee’s work in mentorship should be submitted. Due to the variance of practices and disciplines, nominees are encouraged to submit a brief description (no more than one paragraph each) with the examples/materials to provide additional context and aid in the evaluator’s understanding.

Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from their department chairperson describing how the nominee has demonstrated excellent mentorship/role modeling.  Two (2) additional letters describing the impact of the faculty member’s mentoring relationships should be included as well.


Nominations for this award will be due by November 20.  A committee will review the initial nominations and invite full applications (due January 15). The Committee will make recommendations for the recipient of the award from the resulting pool of applications.  The award will be presented during the annual Faculty Awards and Recognition ceremony.

Nominate for this award here.

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