College of Engineering Annual Faculty and Staff Award Nominations

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Nominations are due no later than February 05, midnight.

As a means to support and reward excellence to College of Engineering faculty and staff members, the following awards are conferred on an annual basis. The awards are administered by the College of Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards Committee, with final approval given by the dean of the college. Awardees will be recognized at an annual awards dinner held during Engineers' Week. Anyone in the College of Engineering may nominate a deserving faculty or staff member. The nomination should be accompanied by a supporting statement and should address the nominee’s major accomplishments with respect to criteria listed for the award.

Nomination Guidelines

The nomination should be accompanied by a supporting statement and should address the nominee’s major accomplishments with respect to criteria listed for the award (below).

  • IMPORTANT: Please refer to Award Criteria below and address the items specified–your nominee will be evaluated by these criteria.
  • SPECIFICATIONS: Nomination Statement must be one-page minimum, two-page maximum –One-inch margins –12 point Times New Roman –Single spaced
  • SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Although not required, supporting documentation may be submitted but must be included with your Nomination Statement as a single PDF file.

Awards and Criteria

IMPORTANT: Your nomination will be evaluated by the criteria of the specific award

Synergy Awards

Teaching-Research-Service Synergy Award (Faculty) This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in all three areas of teaching, research and community engagement/service. This successful awardee excels in bringing out the synergy of the three aspects of the faculty position. Student-centered focus, service-orientation and scholarly thinking should be integrated in the awardee’s activities. One $1,000 award will be presented each year to a faculty member. Leadership Synergy Award (Faculty and Staff) This award recognizes a faculty and a staff member who represents a unique combination of interpersonal skills, intrapersonal skill, and professional skills. The awardees are leaders in their chosen line of work and possess a broad set of skills including entrepreneurship, communication, as well as being self-directed and visionary. Awardees are active in managing their professional lives while exhibiting skills that attract others to follow and share in the vision. Two $1,000 awards will be presented each year, one to a faculty member and the other to a staff member. One-College Synergy Award (Faculty and Staff) This award recognizes a faculty and a staff member who represents the college as a single entity through services and attitudes. The awardee inspires other people within the college to aspire to grow and contribute to the college. Two $1,000 awards will be presented each year: one to a faculty member and the other to a staff member.    

Ed Foreman Excellence Awards (Faculty and Staff)

The Ed Foreman Excellence Awards will recognize a faculty and a staff member each year. The criterion is simply that the recipients reflects the philosophy of their benefactor, engineering alumnus Ed Foreman. This philosophy can be summed up as one who achieves excellence through the adoption of a positive attitude. Foreman has made a gift to recognize faculty and staff within the College of Engineering who demonstrate his philosophy of positive thinking as a means of acknowledging the importance of positive attitudes in an organization’s success.

A few memorable Foreman quotes that support the essence of these recognition awards are: “You can either have a terrible day or a terrific day, and you get to choose. Successful daily living is brought about by having one happy, successful day. If you can find the formula on how to have one happy, successful day, and you can repeat that seven days in a row, you’ve had a good week. Now do that 52 times in a row, and what do you have? You’ve had a great year.” “Winners develop the habit of doing the things losers don’t like to do.”“Life is primarily for laughing, loving, and living. It ain’t just for whining, worrying, and working”!“Believe that good things will happen. Expectations have a way of coming true.”

Two awards will be made each year: one $1,000 award for a faculty member and one $1,000 award for a staff member.

Bromilow Awards (Faculty and Staff)

Bromilow Outstanding Staff Service Award This award recognizes outstanding contributions, superior service and special contributions to the college. Such activities to be considered are long-term service, student organization assistance or support, election or appointment as an officer or committee member in a college, university or community organization that serves students, staff or faculty members, or the public at large. Nominees can be either exempt or non-exempt and must be at least .75 percent full-time employees. Recognition will be for superior service, such as:

  • Long-term service,
  • Assistance to student organizations,
  • Election or appointment to service as an officer in a university or community organization serving the students, staff or the public,
  • Outstanding service on university committees, and
  • Special contributions to respective departments.

Bromilow Teaching Excellence Award (Faculty–Awarded in even numbered years)

  • Teaching
  • Curricula Development
  • Publications/Promotion of Teaching
  • Student Activities
  • Laboratories
  • Alternative Teaching Environments

Bromilow Research Excellence Award (Faculty–Awarded in odd numbered years)

  • Demonstrated excellence in scholarly activity, evidenced by:
    • A sustained record of scholarly publications and presentations.
    • A sustained record of mentoring students who are conducting research.
    • Excellence in research, such as external funding, or application of research to professional outreach or professional service.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership.

Mentorship Award (Faculty or Staff)

The College of Engineering encourages mentorship as a means to help faculty and staff grow professionally and achieve their full potential. This award recognizes senior faculty and staff members who, as mentors, act as trusted and influential supporters for junior faculty or staff mentees. Successful nominations for this award must clearly demonstrate the mentor’s contribution toward a mentee’s success and relates the mentee’s success to the mentor’s guidance. One award of $1,000 will be made each year to either a faculty or staff member.

Bhatti Family Graduate Assistant Awards

In support of graduate education in the College of Engineering, the Bhatti family has established an award to provide recognition and wage supplement to outstanding current graduate assistants. Two awards will be made—one for a master’s level student and one for a doctoral student. The awardees should be recommended based on their academic performance and contributions to their respective departments as graduate assistants.


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