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Nominations Sought for Outstanding Teaching and Advising Awards 

The Office of Faculty Development invites you to nominate SCSU’s outstanding professors for three exclusive awards, the J. Philip Smith Award for Outstanding Teaching, theOutstanding Faculty Academic Advisor Award, and the Technological Teacher of the Year Award. 

To nominate your choice for each award, read the brief award descriptions, click on the links provided, and give the name, department, and reason (limit of 500 characters) that you believe your professor deserves the award. Both the quantity and the quality of overall nominations for outstanding professors will be considered by the review committee. Be sure to place your own vote and encourage your peers to place their nominations for their outstanding professors, as well.  Awardees will be announced by April 1. 

The last day to nominate your outstanding professors for these awards is February 11, 2016 at 12:00pm. 

J. Philip Smith Award for Outstanding Teaching 

Have you been taught by an outstanding professor?  Maybe they made you think in a new way, touched your life in a positive way, or motivated you to a higher level of performance based on their knowledge, teaching style, and interactions. 

The J. Philip Smith Outstanding Teaching Award is presented each year to one full-time professor and one-part time professor.Awardees receive $2,500 and a personalized plaque and are recognized at undergraduate commencement. 

Click HERE to nominate your Outstanding Teacher. 

Outstanding Faculty Academic Advising Award 

Nominations are also sought for the Outstanding Faculty Academic Advising Award.  This award recognizes and rewards faculty who provide exceptional academic advising and mentoring to undergraduate or graduate students. The recipient will receive a $1,000 award, a personalized plaque, and public recognition for their outstanding effort. 

Full-time faculty at all ranks who are currently employed at SCSU are eligible for nomination.  Faculty who work collaboratively with students in charting their academic direction, display knowledge of academic programs, degree requirements, and university resources supporting student success, and who provide exemplary guidance to students are especially qualified for nomination. 

Click HERE to nominate your Outstanding Faculty Academic Advisor. 

Technological Teacher of the Year Award

Finally, nominations are sought for the Technological Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes the effective use of technology in the classroom and the faculty who embrace it.  Awardees receive a $1,000 award, a personalized plaque, and public recognition.  One award is granted each year.

Full-time and part-time faculty at all ranks who are currently employed at SCSU are eligible for nomination.  Faculty who have created innovative instructional technology, harnessed new and emerging technology in the interest of teaching and learning, developed courses to take advantage of existing resources, improved communication or collaboration using technology, contributed to scholarly research into teaching with technology, and/or mentored colleagues in the effective use of digital teaching resources are especially good candidates. 

To nominate your Technological Teacher of the Year, click HERE


SCSU Faculty Development • Spring 2016 

New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring:  Mentors and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year faculty welcome!           

January 29             9:30 – 11:00           Start of Semester Mentoring Meeting                   ENB 121

March 11                 9:30 – 11:00           Mid-Semester Mentoring Meeting                         ENB 121

April 8                     9:30 – 11:00           End-of-Semester Mentoring Meeting                   ENB 121       

Professional and Leadership Development

January 27  12:45 – 2:45               Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Colleagues Webinar      ASC Theatre

TBA                TBA                            Academic Chairs Council/Human Resources/Diversity & Equity      TBA

TBA                TBA                            Getting the Word Out:  Working with the Media & Social Media       TBA

April 1            5:30 – 7:30               Academic Leaders’ Reception and Talent Showcase    Conn Hall 109

April 25         TBA                             President’s Celebration of Faculty Excellence              ASC Ballroom                  

Drop by Faculty Development Consultations

February 11              11:00 – 3:00           Teaching Evaluations:  Appraisals and Improvements     ENB 106

March 9                    11:00 – 3:00           FDAC and CRAC Grants:  Assistance and Feedback         ENB 106

April 6                       11:00 – 3:00           Balancing Teaching and Scholarship                                    ENB 106

Tech Tables          Brown Bag/Technology Sharing, 11:30 – 1:30                  Conn Hall

                                    February 4              March 3                    April 7           

The Faculty Lounge  SoTL & Collegiality Brown Bag Lunch, 12:00 – 2:00   ENB 106

                                    February 5              March 4                    April 8           

Individual Consultations - Curriculum and Professional Development- Mentoring Bonnie Farley-Lucas, Director, Faculty Development • farleylucab1@southernct.edu• 203-392-5488