Dean Excellence Awards - Description and Process

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Description and Process for the Awards for the Program in Biology

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in the Undergraduate and Graduate/Postgraduate Program in Biology for 2016-17

There will be two Dean’s awards for excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring of students in the Program in Biology. One will be for a role in undergraduate teaching & mentoring and one for graduate/ postgraduate teaching & mentoring, accompanied by a $2000 stipend. The process for the awards is as follows:

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Advising and Mentoring in Biological Sciences

This annual award recognizes a faculty member in the Division of Biology and Medicine for his/her outstanding teaching, advising and mentoring of students in the Undergraduate Divisional programs in the Biological Sciences.  Nominees may be recognized for teaching excellence within courses; for advising (freshman, sophomore and especially, concentration advising); other services enhancing service to undergraduates (e.g., participation in special programs, presentations, events, etc.). Additional service/teaching activity is also regarded, such as mentoring directed research and independent studies including thesis and Honors supervision.

A letter of nomination is required in which the nominator(s) provides specific information about the scope and magnitude of the nominee’s contributions.  Whenever possible, substantial supporting documentation (e.g., endorsements from mentees and advisees, colleagues, the Department Chair, and former students) should accompany the nomination letter.

Nominations (electronic submission preferred) should be sent to:

Katherine_smith@Brown.edu
Katherine F Smith, PhD
Associate Dean of Biology Undergraduate Education, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Research), Division of Biology and Medicine
Box G-A, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912
Phone:  401 863-3133

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2017.


Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and/or Postdoctoral Teaching and Mentoring in Biological Sciences

This award recognizes a faculty member (campus- or hospital-based) in the Division of Biology and Medicine for his/her outstanding teaching and mentoring of graduate students and/or postdoctoral scholars.  Nominees may be recognized for efforts within multiple domains including the classroom, a graduate program, predoctoral or postdoctoral training grants, advising/career advancement of trainees, and any combination thereof.

A letter of nomination is required in which the nominator(s) provides specific information about the scope and magnitude of the nominee’s contributions. Supporting documentation (e.g., endorsements from trainees) is strongly encouraged to accompany the nomination letter.

Nominations (electronic submission preferred) should be sent to:

Elizabeth_Harrington@Brown.edu
Elizabeth O. Harrington, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Division of Biology and Medicine
Box G-A217, Brown University, Providence RI 02912
Phone:  401 863-3281
http://biomed.brown.edu/grad-postdoc/

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2017.


The Selection Process

Dean Harrington will constitute a committee that will review the nominations for the Graduate & Postdoctoral Teaching and Mentoring Award.

The portfolio of each nominee should contain:

  • The candidate's current curriculum vitae.
  • A written nomination setting out the nominee's abilities and accomplishments in teaching. These statements should be no more than two pages in length.
  • Supporting letters may be collected from colleagues, former students, TAs and advisees, plus the Department chair.