Distinguished Graduate Faculty Recipients
2013-2014 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Awards: Guidelines for Nomination at Kansas State University
The Distinguished Graduate Faculty (DGF) Award was established to honor current members of the Graduate Faculty who are recognized nationally/internationally for their outstanding scholarly achievements and for their contributions to the graduate education enterprise. Up to two awards will be made annually. Recipients of the award will be recognized at Fall Commencement ceremonies and by their presentation of a public lecture to the university community during the following calendar year.
Nominations are to be made in letter format, generally less than three (3) pages in length, by individuals who are sufficiently familiar with the record of the nominee so that the credentials of the candidate are presented in proper perspective. In preparing such nominations, it should be recognized that the members of the awards committee will generally be from academic disciplines different from that of the nominees, and hence they may be unfamiliar with the honors, journals, and characteristics of the field unless background documentation places such items in proper context. While the nominee can supply key information, the nomination should be prepared by the nominator and should be considerably more than a recitation of facts typically representative of the curriculum vitae. In particular, it is advantageous if the nominator writes about the candidate, addressing the special reasons why the candidate deserves to be recognized by this prestigious award, both in scholarship and contributions to the graduate education enterprise at K-State.
An important component in the evaluation process will be external letters of recommendation from national and international scholars who are identifiable leaders in the field. Equally important are letters addressing contributions to the KSU graduate education enterprise. Only those letters, solicited directly by the Graduate School, will be considered by the awards committee. However, nominators are asked to provide names of references that might be contacted. In this context, it is important that the qualifications or status of the potential reference in the academic field be made clear. Further, any present or prior connections between the potential reference and the candidate should be fully disclosed, e.g., dissertation advisor, collaborator, spouse, relative, etc.
Nominators are asked to prepare a PDF or Word email packet which includes the following documentation in support of the nomination by Monday, May 13, 2013:
1. Original Letter of Nomination should generally be on the order of three (3) pages in length, should highlight the major accomplishments of the individual. This letter should make particular reference to why the candidate merits selection for this award. This is a clear obligation of the individual preparing this nomination. Complete documentation of the nominee's accomplishments should be included in the support materials. Examples might include information regarding degrees and other education background, positions and appointments, honors, awards or recognition by peers, research grants (as applicable to the profession), memberships and offices in professional organizations, journal editorships, and any other materials deemed especially relevant in support of the nomination.
2. Original Candidate's Curriculum Vitae.
3. *Names and Email Addresses, and Professional Background Information of five (5) Potential References who may be contacted regarding the candidate's scholarly qualifications. These potential references should be national and international leaders in the field, and external to Kansas State University. Additional letters from scholars at K-State may be submitted as desired and may be utilized by the awards committee at their discretion. In addition to the referees names and email addresses, please include their current address (including zip code) and telephone number for every potential referee; fax numbers are welcome, as available.
4. *Names and Email Addresses and Professional Background Information of three (3) Potential References who may be contacted regarding the candidate’s contributions to the graduate education enterprise at Kansas State University. In addition to the referees names and email addresses, please include their current address (including zip code) and telephone number for every potential referee; fax numbers are welcome, as available.
*References will be contacted by the Graduate School Office.
Please Note: A maximum of three (3) consecutive years are allowed for consideration. After a one year hiatus, the candidate may once again be nominated with a complete set of new materials. If you have questions, please email email@example.com or call 785-532-6191.
Email nomination packet (PDF or Word format) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include 'DGF Nomination' in the email subject line.
Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2013.