Outstanding Professor Awards Program
AS-2237-94/FA - November 3-4, 1994
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University revise the guidelines for the Trustees' Outstanding Professor Awards Program to accomplish the following:
1. Emphasize that the primary purpose of the award is to recognize teaching excellence;
2. Allow for the selection of an Outstanding Professor at each CSU campus, rather than the current practice of campus selection of "nominees" for two Trustees' Outstanding Professor Awards;
3. Provide for equal recognition (and equal monetary awards) to all campus-selected Outstanding Professors, rather than the current practice of providing greater recognition to two individuals selected from the campus nominees;
4. Replace the requirement to submit all evidence supporting a nominee's candidacy to a systemwide committee with the requirement to submit to the Board of Trustees a statement from the campus selection committee and the campus president which summarizes the individual's accomplishments related to the specified criteria; and
5. Provide for equal recognition of each campus-selected Outstanding Professor by the Board of Trustees; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU inform the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees of the revisions of the Guidelines for Trustees' Outstanding Professor Awards as shown in the following attachment for the implementation in the 1995-96 academic year; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU encourage all campuses of the CSU to participate in the Trustees' Outstanding Professor Awards Program once the proposed revisions are adopted.
RATIONALE: The proposed revisions to the Outstanding Professor Awards Program are aimed at improving the current program in three ways. First, they will produce a winner from each campus, rather than a large group of losers and only two winners. Second, no individual will be at a disadvantage because of a campus's particular application of the guidelines or procedures for assembling supporting materials. Third, it will refocus the criteria on the original intent of the Trustees' award to honor outstanding teaching. Increasingly, universities and professional associations are giving greater emphasis to the role of teaching and expanding the conception of instruction as an appropriate arena for scholarly activities.
APPROVED -- March 9-10, 1995
Guidelines for the Trustees'
Outstanding Professor Awards
The Trustees' Outstanding Professor Awards were established by the Board of Trustees of the California State University and Colleges in September 1963 to recognize excellence in teaching. Each year
two distinguished faculty members selected as Outstanding Professors by participating campuses of the CSU are honored accorded public recognition by the Board of Trustees as Outstanding Professors of the California State University for their superior teaching manifested through, their contributions made to their students,to their academic disciplines, and their campus communities. The California State University Foundation, using funds from the Joseph M. Schenck Foundation, makes a cash award to each of the Outstanding Professors of the CSU.
Campus Criteria for
Nomination Selection of Outstanding Professors
A nominee for aFaculty selected by participating CSU campuses as
Trustees' Outstanding Professors award is are expected to have a record of superlative teaching at their campus. The documentation submitted in support of a nomination is required to contain written evaluations, both from students and from faculty, which evidence excellence in teaching. No amount of professional achievement as evidenced by research and creative scholarship or service to the campus or community shall be a substitute for this basic paramount requirement. A significant part of each nominee's record of accomplishments shall have been established while a faculty member of the California State University.
Each nomination shall be supported by evidence which includes detailed lists of the nominee's achievements as a teacher, and also as a member of his/her profession, and
as a member of the campus and community. Evidence shall also include written statements, which are both descriptive and evaluative, by present and former students, colleagues in the nominee's academic discipline, campus administrators, and other who are qualified to comment upon the nominee's teaching and related contributions, the evaluations shall include a description of the type of evidence used as a basis for judgment. Written statements shall include a brief paragraph identifying the writer.
The nominee's professional accomplishments shall be evaluated to ascertain their quality and the contributions these activities have made to the nominee's teaching. The nominee's services to the campus and the larger community shall be evaluated to ascertain their relevance to the nominee's teaching, as well as their overall significance.
Campus Procedures for Selection of Outstanding Professors
1. Participating campuses shall, through their campus senates, establish local procedures for selection of an Outstanding Professor from their campus.
2. Campus procedures must include provisions for the following:
a. a campus-wide committee, a majority of whom shall be full-time tenure-track faculty, and which shall also include student representation;
b. criteria for selection that are consistent with the criteria specified in these guidelines and identification of the kinds of evidence that will be used as the basis for evaluation;
c. a mechanism for notifying faculty of the opportunity to be considered for the award and procedures for nomination, committee review and selection of one or more candidates for recommendation to the campus president;
d. maintenance of confidentiality and campus control of campus records.
3. Campus selection committees shall forward their recommendation(s) to the campus president for approval. For compelling reasons, a campus president may reject candidates recommended by the campus committee, but may not select a faculty member for the award who has not been recommended by the committee.
4. A faculty member who has been recommended by the campus committee and approved by the campus president shall be accorded recognition by the president as an Outstanding Professor on the campus.
Procedures for Nomination
1. Selection of one campus nominee shall be made by a campuswide faculty committee, which shall include student representation, subject to campus control of employee records.
2. The systemwide Trustee's Outstanding Professor Awards nominating committee shall consist of the Chancellor or his/her designee, one member of the CSU Board of Trustees, one student appointed by the California State Student Association, and five faculty members named by the Academic Senate CSU.
3. Evidence in support of a nominee's candidacy shall include written statements from (a) present and former students, (b) colleagues in the nominee's academic discipline, (c) campus administrators, and (d) others who are qualified to comment upon the nominee's teaching and related contributions.
4. Four (4) copies of all evidence in support of a nominee's candidacy shall be submitted to the Academic Senate CSU office. Such evidence shall include (a) table of contents, (b) full curriculum vita, (c) documentation and evaluation of teaching accomplishment, including student course evaluations (d) documentation and evaluation of professional achievement, (e) documentation and evaluation of services to campus and community, and (f) any other material deemed relevant in support of the nomination. However, only single copies of books, book-length monographs, etc. need be provided.
5. The Trustees' Outstanding Professor Awards nominating committee shall weight evidence of teaching accomplishment most heavily.
6. Copies of all evidence in support of a nominee's candidacy shall be submitted through the Chancellor to the Board of Trustees.
Trustees Recognition of CSU Outstanding Professors
1. Participating campuses shall submit through the Chancellor to the Board of Trustees the names of the faculty members selected as Outstanding Professors at their campuses.
2. Campus submissions shall include a statement from the campus selection committee and the campus president which summarizes the accomplishments of the individual selected as the campus Outstanding Professor in relation to the criteria specified in these guidelines.
3. Outstanding Professors selected by each participating campus shall receive a cash award (in an amount determined annually by the Board of Trustees in consultation with the Chancellor) and shall be accorded public recognition as Outstanding Professors of the CSU in a manner decided by the Board of Trustees in consultation with the Chancellor and the Academic Senate CSU.
APPROVED -- March 9-10, 1995