Southeastern Faculty Senate


Faculty Senate Awards Policy

The Faculty Senate Awards began in 1994 to recognize faculty for excellence in teaching and outstanding research and scholarly activity. In 1998 the Faculty Senate Awards changed to include an award for meritorious service to the university and/or profession.

The Faculty Senate gives awards each year to deserving faculty members in the following areas:

  • Teaching – Excellence in teaching relates to the quality of instructor and student interaction in classes.
  • Scholarship – Scholarship refers to faculty involvement in research, presentations, and publications or performance
  • Service – Service refers to faculty involvement in activities that benefit the university, the community, and the profession.

The awards are given by school (except for the School of Arts and Sciences – these are given using the old divisions of Arts and Letters and Science and Technology). Faculty, therefore, “compete” only against other faculty nominated from their respective schools. There is also a Lifetime Achievement Award, a Professor of the Year award, an Adjunct of the Year award and a Librarian of the Year award. A total of 16 awards are given to outstanding faculty, adjunct faculty and librarians.  Winners are announced and awards presented at the Faculty-Staff Recognition Awards Banquet at the end of the spring semester.

Faculty members may be nominated by students, other faculty members, administrators, staff, or alumni for the awards. Nominations are generally open for a three week period in January.  Nominations must be submitted online via Southeastern’s home page. The event is publicized both before and during the nomination period in the following ways: information emailed to all faculty (which faculty are asked to read in classes), information emailed to all staff and students, and posted on Southeastern’s home page.

Once nominations close, faculty members that have been nominated are sent an email notifying them that they have been nominated for a Faculty Senate award. They are also told that they may send in (by email) a one-page letter of support describing why they think they are deserving of the award. If anyone is nominated in more than one category they will receive multiple notification emails so that they may respond addressing each category separately. Nominated faculty, adjunct faculty and librarians are generally given two weeks to respond. Faculty members with 25-years of service to the university may submit materials to be considered for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

After response letters are received, all of the information is put onto a website for the official voting procedure. Faculty Senators are given a website address to vote. The website has a list of each faculty member nominated in each category by school, all of the nomination letters, and all of the letters of support. The senators use this information to vote. Each senator may vote for one person as their first choice and one person as their second choice in each category and may only vote one time. The voting process takes approximately one week. The results are tabulated by the computer and given to the Planning Committee and the Chair of the Faculty Senate. When a faculty member is nominated in all three categories, they become eligible for the Professor of the Year award. The faculty member, regardless of school, receiving the most overall votes wins this award, and therefore becomes ineligible to win the awards in the individual categories. Once the Professor of the Year has been determined, the faculty member with the highest number of votes in each category will be determined the winner.

In the event of a tie, the Planning Committee will use the number of nominations to determine the winner. If there is still no clear winner, the entire Faculty Senate once again votes. This vote is only between the faculty members involved in the tie. The vote is by secret ballot held during the March Faculty Senate meeting. Senators may again view the hardcopy of supporting information. Ballots are counted by the Chair of the Faculty Senate. The final results are not announced until the awards banquet.

The official names of the awards are:

  • Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity
  • Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University and/or Profession
  • Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Professor of the Year
  • Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Adjunct Professor of the Year
  • Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Librarian of the Year

Drafted and approved by the Planning Committee on November 16, 2015 and approved by the Faculty Senate on December 2, 2015

View the Faculty Senate Awards Policy (PDF)