NSM Faculty Award for Excellence in Service - University of Houston
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NSM Faculty Award for Excellence in Service

Faculty service is integral to faculty governance and excellence at the University of Houston (UH) and in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) yet is often performed without formal recognition or reward. The College of NSM seeks nominations of faculty members who provide outstanding service to their Department, College, and/or University. These faculty are expected to be exemplars of outstanding academic citizenship.

Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the faculty member has gone above and beyond in service that has had a substantial impact on students, faculty, and/or the University. Their service is expected to have significantly enhanced the quality of NSM and UH as an educational institution and community of scholars. Faculty should demonstrate a record of multiple service activities or a single, major activity, over a sustained period.

Examples of outstanding service include, but are not limited to:

  • Application of their expertise through participation and service to University-associated organizations, committees, and/or governance.
  • Exceptional engagement with and in support of faculty, staff, or students.
  • Significant contributions in informal roles “behind the scenes” and/or in formal roles.
  • Significant involvement in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion activities typically involving leadership level roles.

Teaching and research activities are excluded from consideration.

Award Amount

One award of $5,000 will be made each year if at least three responsive applications are received. The winner will receive a plaque and will have their name added to a cumulative plaque displayed in the Dean’s Office. The awardees will be expected to participate in the NSM Commencement in May.

Eligibility

Full-time faculty of all ranks that have at least a 50% appointment in one of the NSM departments, including tenured/tenure-track, clinical, instructional, and research faculty in all NSM departments or associated centers, institutes, and programs are eligible for nomination after three years of full-time employment at UH. The Dean, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans are not eligible. Department chairs are eligible for service outside of their formal role as Chair. Prior winners of this award are ineligible.

This award is meant to recognize uncompensated service that is above and beyond normal faculty service expectations.

Who May Nominate

Nominations may be made by faculty, students, or staff. Departments may also nominate an individual. Self-nominations are not permitted.

Nomination Process

All nominations must be submitted using an online form that will be distributed to all faculty in January. The nomination form requires a minimum of three letters of nomination where at least one must come from a UH faculty member. The letters should explain the nature, extent, and significance of the nominee’s record of extraordinary service to the unit and/or university. The following supporting documentation should also be submitted: the nominee’s CV; evidence of service, if available; and a two-page statement written by the nominee that describes their service. The primary nominator is responsible for collecting and uploading all required materials.

Nomination Deadline

The annual deadline is the last day of February. If that day falls on a weekend, nominations are due the first business day thereafter.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by an ad hoc NSM committee appointed by the Dean. The committee ranking and selection will be reviewed and approved by the Dean.

Additional Information

Questions can be directed to James Briggs, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, NSM, jbriggs@uh.edu.