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Competitive Awards Program For Graduate Programs and Faculty

Rodney S. Ranes Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Purpose: The Ranes Mentor Award recognizes faculty who exemplify the highest ideals of the engaged faculty member. The award honors faculty whose mentoring serves as an example to the graduate community by combining a commitment to scholarship, professional, clinical or creative work with innovative and effective graduate teaching. Recipients of the Ranes Award contribute to their discipline through the development of their own scholarship or creative activity alongside that of their students. By maintaining active engagement within their field to bring graduate students into the discipline, exemplary graduate mentors leverage their own professional, disciplinary and academic networks to the advantage of new scholars, professionals and creative artists.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Active Participation in Disciplinary Organizations
    • This criterion includes evidence of membership and service in internationally, nationally, and state-recognized professional organizations. Evidence of achievement in this area includes participation in committees, governing boards, conference planning boards, task forces, caucuses, or service as elected officer for organizations recognized within the wider academic discipline or creative field.
  2. Research and Creative Productivity
    • This criterion measures both the nominee's contributions to the field of which she or he is a member, but also the relative prestige of the academic or creative journals, conference presentations, poster presentations, exhibitions, or performances through which results of the research or creative activity are disseminated. For the purposes of this criterion, peer-reviewed journals are prioritized over non-peer-reviewed journals; juried exhibitions or performances are to be prioritized over non-juried exhibitions or performances; international and national academic conferences are to be prioritized over state and local conferences.
  3. Student Research and Creative Productivity
    • This criterion measures contributions to the field achieved by the nominee's students. Evidence may include publications, conference, exhibitions or performances, prioritized in accordance with the guidelines for criterion No. 2.
  4. Student Awards, Grants, Scholarships, Honors
    • This criterion measures scholarships, grants, awards, honors, or other forms of recognition of scholarly or creative excellence achieved by the nominee's graduate students. Such awards or honors are to be evaluated in terms relative prestige within the appropriate academic or creative field.
  5. Teaching Shaped by Research Interests
    • This criterion measures the integration of the nominee's research, scholarly or creative achievements with their achievements as a teacher of graduate students. The statement of mentoring philosophy should demonstrate a commitment to such integration, and course syllabi should be supported by research or creative achievements as listed on the nominee's curriculum vita.

Nomination Process: Each nomination requires submission of a nomination letter from a graduate candidate. A complete packet will include:

  • The letter of nomination that addresses all five criteria and is limited to two pages.
  • A one-page support letter from another graduate candidate.
  • A one-page support letter from a faculty member.
  • A one-page statement of mentoring philosophy from the nominee.
  • A one-page summary of student projects and achievements over the past three to five years.
  • A graduate course syllabus.
  • A curriculum vita.

Complete Packets: Complete nomination packets are limited to six pages excluding the course syllabus and curriculum vita.

Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on the last Friday of February each year.

Number: One candidate will be selected from those nominated.

Selection: Award recipients are selected by the Council on Graduate Studies Ranes Review Board. The board will include nine members; five graduate faculty and four graduate candidates. The faculty representatives will include the Ranes Scholar from the previous year and one faculty representative from each of the four colleges appointed by the dean of The Graduate School. The four graduate students will be appointed by the assistant dean of The Graduate School and will be selected from those who are currently serving on the Graduate Student Advisory Council and who also represent each of the four colleges. Members of the board on any given year cannot be nominees or write letters of support for the Ranes Award nominees.

Recognition: The Ranes Award recipient will be recognized during the Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony and may be invited to provide the keynote address on advancing graduate education at Eastern Illinois University during the Annual Meeting of the Council on Graduate Studies and Graduate Coordinators in the Fall.

Graduate School Leadership Award

Purpose: To recognize and reward an academic department that has achieved documented recognition for achievements in graduate education.

Award: Contingent upon availability of funds, The Graduate School will provide the department with support for the program's highest research and/or teaching priorities during the summer term immediately following receipt of the award.

Application: Graduate School Leadership Award nominations are submitted to the dean of The Graduate School by graduate coordinators. A nomination packet includes documentation of the program's recognition and achievements. Documentation may include letters from external reviews, evidence of funded projects, confirmation of partnerships, or other activities that amplify the program's excellence.

Deadline: Dean nominations are due to The Graduate School by 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday in February.The 2013 deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Number: One per year.

Selection: Award winners are selected by the graduate dean.

Obligation: The department selected to receive the Graduate School Leadership Award will provide a graduate leadership forum open to campus during the following Fall term.

Graduate School Graduate Program Initiative Awards

Purpose: To provide financial incentives and support for individualized departmental/unit that advance, support, or foster graduate education. Examples include, but are not limited to, securing outside speakers of regional, state, or national merit to present on campus, hosting forums, symposia, or colloquy that focus on important topics in the discipline, or hosting graduate student/faculty research fairs.

Award: Up to $500, depending on the quality of the proposal.

Application: Graduate Program Initiative Awards must be submitted by graduate coordinators. Award materials include submission of a program purpose and summary, budget detail, a letter of support from the department chair, and outcomes assessment. Applications should be submitted to The Graduate School in memo form according to the deadlines listed below.

Deadline:

  • 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday in November for the following Spring/Summer Term. The Spring/Summer 2013 deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2012.
  • 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday of April for the following Fall Term. The Fall 2013 deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013.

Number: Three awards each Fall and Spring term depending on the availability of resources.

Selection: Award winners are selected by the graduate dean.

Obligation: Departments earning Program Initiative Awards are required to advertise and advocate for the initiative to ensure its success.

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