Letter from Undergraduate Education – 417 Old Main

Posted: October 31, 2013

Through the gift of a generous donor, the University again offers the "President's Award for Engagement with Students."

The award will be given during the 2013-14 academic year to a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who goes well beyond the typical responsibilities of a professor by demonstrating exceptional involvement with students' learning and special efforts to engage and encourage students in academic endeavors. The honoree will have taken specific actions to be involved in student growth and learning—academic, social, and professional. Such professors typically make themselves available to, and interact with, students outside class, link students to opportunities, and help them build their confidence as learners and potential contributors to society.

The $5,000 award consists of $3,000 that goes directly to the recipient and $2,000 that goes to the professor's department, to be managed by the recipient and used for extending the kinds of activities the award recognizes.

These activities could include:

  • Receptions, lunches, or picnics for students
  • Field trips, museum visits, or performances for students in classes
  • Purchasing books, software, personal computing assistants, compact discs, or access to portals and databases to enhance student involvement or to improve learning experiences for students
  • Taking students to participate or present at research meetings, internships, performances and the like
  • Networking with student organizations, for example, for materials that the professor might bring to a student club or association when serving as speaker or adviser
  • Bringing speakers from other locations to meet with students
  • Faculty travel to professional meetings for teaching/learning enhancements
  • Involving students in research


Each college dean or chancellor may nominate one person, with the nomination including the name, the professorial title, vita, and a brief statement, not exceeding two pages, stating why the professor qualifies.

To assist with review of nominations, please include with your nomination a brief biography of the nominee and a 1-2 page document outlining the candidate's engagement in activities noted above.

Please send nomination materials to: Tracy Hoover, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; College of Agricultural Sciences; 101 Ag Administration Building by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 for consideration.