Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee Tech University’s Scholar-Mentor Award honors a faculty member who displays outstanding mentorship, integrating scholarship, research and teaching excellence.
Criteria for Nomination
Criteria to be considered for nomination for the Scholar-Mentor Award are outstanding accomplishments in mentoring, scholarship, research and teaching while a member of the Tennessee Tech University faculty.
These accomplishments could be related to work in the humanities and natural sciences, engineering, business, technology, agriculture, human ecology, the arts, education, nursing and health sciences -- any field of study related to a degree-offering discipline at Tennessee Tech University.
Excellence can be demonstrated in many ways: publications and presentations; performances and exhibitions; music scores, recordings and curatorial activities; citations of one's work by others; evaluations by students, peers, journal editors, referees; internal and external grants awarded; professional/alumni recognition.
Nominees must be current full-time members of the Tennessee Tech faculty.
Nominations must cite evidence that the candidate's mentoring relationships are highly regarded and that his or her scholarship activities are conducive to student involvement and success. Evidence of mentorship could be provided through letters, testimonials and/or results and outcomes. Nomination forms can be found at the link below. Only one completed form is required to place a candidate's name in nomination, which should be made by someone other than the candidate. A faculty member who has won the award shall be ineligible for the same award again. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to the Office of Research (Room 155 in Derryberry Hall) or by emailing to the committee support person, Amanda Cherry, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the due date listed on the Timeline tab.
Letters of Recommendation
The nominee shall request a letter of recommendation from two faculty members and three current or former students. The letters should be submitted as part of the requested background materials.
Materials Requested from Nominees
Nominees will be asked to provide the following materials:
- current academic profile, including courses taught and enrollment in each course, research/creative activities, teaching schedule, and advising responsibilities (limit to no more than the previous seven (7) years of work carried out at Tennessee Tech)
- statement of mentoring philosophy (limit to 500 words)
- documentation of success in teaching and scholarship that can include, but is not limited to:
- evidence of mentoring relationships with students and/or faculty, describing how the nominee has guided, encouraged and challenged students and/or faculty to attain their goals beyond the more routine tasks of advising and supervision
- student IDEA evaluations, if applicable (limit to the most recent four (4) semesters of instruction)
- publications co-authored by student(s) and the nominee (highlight the names of students in co-authored papers and provide citations of publications with students)
- presentations given by student(s) and the nominee
- involvement in Tennessee Tech's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program
- past or current involvement in Student Research Day projects
- a letter of recommendation from two Tennessee Tech faculty members and three current or former students. The letters should be submitted as part of the requested background materials.
- a maximum of two additional letters of support from off campus peers are allowable but not required
Mentoring philosophy should not exceed 500 words. Limit the number of pages of materials submitted to 20 pages maximum, including mentoring philosophy and summary evaluations with student comments. Reference letters will be excluded from the page count. The winner will be required to attend the Faculty Awards Recognition Reception.
The credentials of a nominee not selected for the award will automatically be reconsidered the next year. The individual will be given the opportunity to update materials. After the second year, consideration will be given to an individual only if re-nominated.
Please note: form accessibility may vary from browser to browser and among different operating systems. Follow the steps below to save the forms and submit them to the Office of Research. For form accessibility issues or troubleshooting, please contact Amy Hill at extension 3464 or email@example.com.
1. Click the link for the form. If the form opens in your browser, choose the "Save" icon in the top right portion of your screen and save it as a file on your computer (Note: if you begin typing in the form from your browser, the information will not be saved. You must save the file to your computer). If the form downloads instead of opening in the browser, double-click the name and open it. Save the file from there to a location on your computer.
2. Open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat (Note: varying versions of Reader may yield different results. If you have issues, please contact your ITS support person to ensure that you have the most up-to-date Reader).
3. Fill in the form.
4. After completing the form, choose File>Save As from the Adobe Acrobat Reader menu and save the file using a new name in a location you will be able to access later (Desktop, My Documents, etc.).
5. Close the form.
6. Create a new mail message and attach the recently saved file to the message. Submit the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: if none of these steps work on your computer, please contact your ITS support person or print the file, hand-write your responses, and return it to Derryberry Hall, Room 155.
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- Committee Members
Committee Member Department/College Campus Box No. Campus Phone TTU Email Address Dr. Steve Sharp Environmental Studies/College of Interdisciplinary Studies 5176 3187 email@example.com Dr. Chris Wilson Mechanical Engineering/College of Engineering 5014 3216 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Shelia Hurley School of Nursing 5001 3203 email@example.com Dr. Brian Carver Biology/College of Arts and Sciences 5063 3127 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Greg Danner Music/College of Fine Arts 5045 6180 email@example.com Dr. Melinda Swafford Human Ecology/College of Ag and Human Ecology 5035 6157 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Christine Miller Decision Sciences and Mgt/College of Business 5022 6251 email@example.com Dr. Stephanie Kazanas Counseling and Psychology/College of Education 5031 3560 firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Stephanie Adams Library 5066 3545 email@example.com OTHERS Dr. Franics Otuonye, Executive Officer Research and Economic Development 5036 3897 firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Amanda Cherry Office of Research 5164 3938 email@example.com Ms. Laura Clemons, Advisor University Advancement 5047 252-4501 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Previous Winners
2018-2019, Dr. George Chitiyo, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. Jesse Carrick, Department of Chemistry
2017-2018, Dr. Holly Stretz, Department of Chemical Engineering
2016-2017, Dr. Edward Lisic, Department of Chemistry
2015-2016, Dr. Jiahong Zhu, Department of Mechanical Engineering
2014-2015, Dr. Jeffery Boles, Department of Chemistry