Dear Campus Community:

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Employee Engagement Committee are pleased to announce the Medaille College Excellence in Undergraduate Student Mentoring Award.

Details are provided below.  Nominations are encouraged from all campus constituencies.  The awards will be presented at the spring Campus Colloquium in May.

Please use the online forms at the links below to submit your nominations by April 7.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us honor excellence in mentoring.

Dr. Norm Muir, VPAA


The Medaille College Excellence in Undergraduate Student Mentoring Award honors individual full-time faculty who help to build a supportive academic environment through mentorship of undergraduate students.


Nominees should demonstrate exceptional mentoring for undergraduate student success through both informal and formal means. While approaches to undergraduate student mentoring may vary considerably from discipline to discipline, the main criterion for the award is the demonstration of a continued commitment to, and effectiveness in, undergraduate student mentoring. Individual mentoring awards will be given to faculty members who consistently do one or more of the following:

  1. Offer sound counsel and valuable information to undergraduate students in order to advance and develop their path to academic and professional success.
  1. Generously share their time and expertise in aiding students to engage academic and student life opportunities on campus.
  1. Share their approaches to best practices in undergraduate mentoring with others.
  1. Involve faculty peers and junior/senior level students in explorations of community based mentoring practices.
  1. Promote the work and valuable contributions of their mentees.
  1. Serve as role model for other faculty by maintaining high standards for mentoring excellence within their own discipline and the College.


Any full time faculty member currently employed by Medaille is eligible for nomination. Nominations may come from individuals or units. Units include academic programs or divisions, official student clubs and the Alumni Executive Board. Nominations from an academic program are not restricted to that program. Divisional nominations are assumed to have been made with the support and consensus of all full time faculty of the division. Student club nominations are assumed to have been made with the support and consensus of all club members. Selection committee members may be nominated, but must recuse themselves from committee deliberations if s/he accepts nomination. Up to three awards may be conferred annually.

Selection Committee Membership  

  1. Immediate past award recipient(s).
  2. Chairperson of the Faculty Council.
  3. Two at-large representatives from the full-time faculty, chosen through a process of nominations and elections between March 1 and April 15.
  4. President of the Student Government Association or designee.
  5. President of the Alumni Association or designee.
  6. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA).

Nomination Materials

  1. Letter of nomination
  2. Letter(s) of support from students, faculty colleagues, or Alumni Board members (to be sent directly to the VPAA)
  3. Evidence of commitment to mentoring undergraduate students
  4. Other applicable supporting materials

Selection Procedures 

Nominations should be submitted to the VPAA on or before the submission deadline. All nominations and supporting materials will be forwarded to the selection committee for review and voting. The committee will forward its recommendation to the VPAA, who will review the recommendation and confirm the selection.

Nomination, Review, and Announcement Calendar for 14-15

April 7             Nominations are due to the VPAA.  A short rationale must be included.

April 8             Nominees will be notified by the VPAA.

April 10           Nominees notify the VPAA of their acceptance.

May 1              Nominees’ portfolio is due in the Office of Academic Affairs.

May 15            Decision of the Selection Committee will be submitted to the VPAA

May 29            Awards announced at the Campus Colloquium


Award recipients will be announced at the annual spring College Colloquium or other appropriate College event. Honorees will receive a plaque and a monetary award.

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