Penn State Intercom......September 26, 2002

Call for nominations begins
for Graduate School Awards

Nominations are being sought for a new University Graduate School award, the Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award and three long-standing awards -- the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, the Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award and the Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

Nominations for all four awards are due Nov. 1.

The Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award serves to recognize faculty members for exemplary leadership benefiting graduate students and faculty in an existing graduate degree program at the University. Such leadership includes, but is not limited to:

* enhancement of student recruitment, professional development and placement;

* mentoring and promotion of faculty and students in the program;

* enhancement of program diversity, educational quality, resources and national visibility;

* promotion of professional ethics and its integration into all elements of graduate programming (academic, research, professional conduct, etc.); and

* other efforts that enhance the stature of the graduate program both internally and externally.

To be eligible for the Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award, a faculty member must demonstrate excellence in leadership in graduate education; be an approved member of the graduate faculty; chair an existing graduate program; and have served as a graduate program chair for a minimum of three years. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000 and a plaque to be presented at the Faculty/Staff Recognition Luncheon in the spring.

The Graduate Faculty Teaching Award is open to all faculty members who have been tenured members of the graduate faculty for a minimum of seven years, who have demonstrated excellence in the supervision of graduate students with their thesis work and who have not yet received the University's highest accolade for teaching and scholarship (an Evan Pugh professorship, a distinguished professorship or the Eisenhower or Lindback awards). The amount of the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award is $1,000.

The Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award is open to graduate students who have served as graduate assistants for at least two semesters within the last two years -- from fall 2000 to fall 2002. The recipient of the award will receive $500 at the award ceremonies in the spring.

Both teaching awards were created to acknowledge exceptional instruction at the graduate level.

The Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award, which consists of $2,500 and a certificate, is presented to a full-time member of the faculty who has demonstrated "effective mentoring through guiding and nurturing the collegial and professional development of junior faculty."

For information, visit The Graduate School's Web site at http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/fellow/honorary.html, call (814) 865-2514 or e-mail gradgrants@psu.edu.

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