Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award update + 2013 nomination guidelines

Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by admin under Awards and Honors, Faculty, Leadership, Student success, Student support. Tags: , , , , ,

Post by Denise Sherron, Enrolled Student Services

Please join The Graduate School in congratulating Dr. Craig Cashwell (Professor, Counseling & Educational Development) as the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. As you may recall, Dr. Cashwell received UNCG’s inaugural Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from The Graduate School in 2012, leading to his nomination to CSGS. Please assist us in sharing this good news with the graduate faculty.  Read our earlier post on Dr. Cashwell here: http://gradschoolblog.uncg.edu/mentorship-and-the-outstanding-mentor-award/

Dr. Cashwell’s award of $1,000 will be presented in Greenville, SC on February 23 at the 2013 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools annual meeting.

We look forward to receiving this year’s nominations for UNCG’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in The Graduate School by Monday, February 4, 2013  (guidelines below for your convenience).

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Due February 4, 2013

This award acknowledges and honors a person who has enjoyed outstanding success in mentoring graduate students.




  • Any full-time tenured faculty member of UNCG who has successfully mentored a cadre of graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level.
  • Each nominee must have gained distinction as a mentor on the UNCG campus.
    • Reputation for facilitating student learning by making complex ideas understandable and meaningful to students.
    • Establishment and maintenance of high academic standards.
    • Positive role modeling as a professional, with personal integrity, high ethical standards, and achievable standards for personal excellence.
    • Consistent and ongoing guidance of students regarding resources within and outside the university, conflict resolution, and advocacy for completion of the program of study in a timely manner.
    • Substantial influence on the academic and professional pursuits of students that may include funded research, co-authorship on publications, and co-presentations at national or international conferences.
  • Each nominee must have demonstrated continuing success as a mentor over a significant portion of her/his career.

Nomination and Selection Process
Faculty members must be nominated by their institutional colleagues; they may not nominate themselves. Nominations should include the following materials and be submitted as a complete package:

  • A summary of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.
  • A letter of endorsement from the unit dean (or equivalent) of the nominee.
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation from former graduate students attesting to the mentoring provided by the nominee. The recommender must provide evidence of how the nominee contributed to the recommender’s success and achievements.
  • A minimum of 1 letter of support from departmental colleagues.
  • A single PDF, electronic copy of the complete original nomination package MUST be submitted to The Graduate School by Feb. 4. No incomplete packets will be considered. Materials should be directed to Jennifer Lester: jlleste2@uncg.edu