College Awards

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

The College of Social Science is now accepting nominations for an array of awards for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students.  

Note that the awards have different submission deadlines and the details of how to nominate are in the descriptions of the awards.

If you have any questions please contact Associate Dean Carl Davidson at davidso4@msu.edu.

 

Research Awards

  • Rising Star Research Award

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    Any untenured tenure-stream faculty member holding majority appointment in the College who has successfully completed their 3-year review for re-appointment.

    Materials needed

    Nomination from the Chair/Director describing the individual’s research contribution (up to 300 words), nominee’s curriculum vitae, research statement from the applicant that articulates the importance of the work, copies of the nominated work, documentation of citations, external funding, or other impact related to the research. Please submit the nomination to the College as a single PDF document.

    Selection criteria 

    The research has resulted in notable products such as high quality peer-reviewed publication(s), grant funding, and/or media appearances. The faculty member should demonstrate innovative or transformative achievement beyond the norm.

    Nominations  

    Due by January 29, 2021 and can be e-mailed to ssc.researchdean@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Research Committee

 

Graduate Awards

  • Graduate Student Research Award

    Award Amount - $500

    Eligibility

    Currently enrolled graduate student researcher (Ph.D. student in their third year or higher or an exceptional master’s student) who has conducted original research while enrolled in the College. Co-authored work with faculty members will not be considered. However, co-authored work would be considered if all authors were students who met the eligibility requirements; co-authors would share the award.

    Materials needed

    Nomination from the student’s Major Professor describing their research contribution (up to 300 words), nominee’s curriculum vitae, research statement from the applicant that articulates how the nominated work fits into their broader area of research, and copies of the nominated work.

    Selection criteria

    Recipients will have conducted student initiated and led original research while enrolled in their graduate program in the College that demonstrates a clear potential for continued research excellence. Conceptual and/or methodological rigor must be demonstrated. The selection committee will give special consideration to work that incorporates emerging scholarly perspectives or interdisciplinary approaches.

    Nominations

    Due by November 30, 2020 to ssc.graduatedean@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Graduate Program Directors and Graduate DSAC

  • Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award

    Award Amount - $500

    Eligibility

    The nominee must be a currently enrolled graduate student (Ph.D or M.A.) who has taught at least one semester in the College while a graduate student at MSU.  The nominee must have assumed a significant measure of responsibility for teaching undergraduate or graduate courses, generally as the sole or primary instructor in a course.

    Materials needed

    A completed nomination form, nominee’s curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy statement, SIRS scores or equivalent evaluations of teaching for the course(s), three letters of support from students that the nominee has taught; and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the College of Social Science who has or had supervisory responsibility for the graduate student’s teaching.  This letter of recommendation must be co-signed by the Chair of the nominee’s home department.

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    Selection criteria

    Demonstrable evidence of dedication to instruction through experimentation and successful implementation of innovative techniques and/or contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning, including experiential learning; and evidence of excellence in instruction as demonstrated by the impact on students' careers and colleagues' teaching/advising practices.

    Nominations  

    Due by November 30, 2020 to ssc.graduatedean@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Graduate Program Directors and Graduate DSAC

 

Undergraduate Awards

  • Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award: Undergraduate Students

    Award Amount - $250

    Eligibility

    All undergraduate student members in the College, with candidates identified by nominations by faculty, staff, or students on behalf of someone they view as deserving.

    Materials needed

    Curriculum vitae or resume of nominee (with diversity work highlighted), 1 nominating letter (up to 500 words), self-statement from nominee, proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity, 2 supporting letters from individuals other than the nominator.

    Selection criteria

    Awardees would have played a significant role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations

    Due by January 29, 2021. Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion

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Faculty Awards

  • Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award: Tenure System and Fixed Term Faculty

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    All faculty members in the College who hold a majority appointment, with candidates identified by self-nominations or by faculty and students on behalf of someone they view as deserving.

    Materials needed

    Curriculum vitae of nominee (with diversity work highlighted), 1 nominating letter (up to 500 words), proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity, 2 supporting letters from individuals other than the nominator.

    Selection criteria

    Awardees would have played a leadership role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations

    Due by January 29, 2021. Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion

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  • Faculty Teaching Innovation Award: Fixed Term

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    MSU Faculty of Record with appointments (full or partial) in the College. The courses for which a Faculty of Record is nominated must be undergraduate courses taught in the College. Nominations should be made by College Chairs and Directors of Departments, Schools or Programs which include undergraduate components. Each unit may make one nomination annually.

    Materials needed 

    Two or three letters of nomination/supporting letters. At least one must be from a Chair/Director (up to 300 words). At least one must be from an undergraduate. In addition, please submit syllabus/i for the course or courses for which the faculty member is being nominated, and a self-statement from the nominee explaining what is innovative and how the approach helps students achieve desired learning outcomes. 

    Selection criteria

    Evidence that an approach to undergraduate teaching is innovative in a unit and has resulted in desired student learning outcomes.

    Nominations

    Due by January 5, 2021 and should be submitted to Joy Pond at pondjoy@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Committee of Associate Chairs/Associate Directors

  • Integrative Studies in Social Science (ISS) Teaching Excellence Award

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    ISS Instructor with SIRS scores in the top 15% of all College ISS instructors.

    Materials needed

    The ISS Director provides the committee with SIRS scores/comments and average section GPA for eligible instructors. The committee selects 3-5 finalists who are invited to provide two or three letters of support (at least one of which is from a student), a statement on teaching philosophy, and a syllabus.

    Selection criteria

    Teaching excellence, dedication to student success, commitment to MSU undergraduate learning goals, and emphasis on international, multicultural, or national diversity.

    Nominations

    Finalists’ materials due by January 5, 2021 in response to the ISS Director’s nomination.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Committee of Associate Chairs/Associate Directors

  • Faculty Outreach/Engagement Award

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    MSU faculty (tenure-stream or fixed-term), academic specialist or research associate with appointments (full or partial) in the College and who have engaged in outreach for a minimum of two years while employed at MSU.

    Materials needed

    A letter of nomination (up to 300 words), up to two supporting letters from individuals other than the nominator, with at least one of which should come from a relevant stakeholder group, and a curriculum vitae or resume.

    Selection criteria

    Significant positive impact on the larger community. Innovation or creativity in how the outreach generated, transmitted and/or applied knowledge. Evidence of sustainability and lasting impact. Longer periods of outreach are preferred over those of shorter duration.

    Nominations

    Due by January 29, 2021 and should be submitted to Joy Pond at pondjoy@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Faculty Advisory Committee

  • Outstanding Teacher Award

    Do you know an amazing faculty member in the College of Social Science who deserves recognition?

    We are taking nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award.

    All tenure system faculty are eligible for nomination, other than anyone who has received this award in the past five years. All faculty and students may suggest nominees.

    NOMINATE

 

Staff Awards

  • Matt Hansen Support Staff Award

    Award Amount - $1,000

    About

    Matt Hansen was the inaugural recipient of the College of Social Science Support Staff Award, receiving it in March 2020. Matt served as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and fully exemplified the desired qualities of award recipients--including commitment to excellence and service to community. Matt made a strong and unique impact on all who came in contact with him, and through his true professionalism, fostered a positive culture and climate throughout our College.

    Matt’s life was cut short, leaving his family and the College of Social Science community with a void that cannot be filled. In recognition and celebration of Matt’s young life, the college support staff award is named in his honor.

    Eligibility

    Regular staff members in job classifications under CT, AP, or ASPA. Student, temporary, and on-call employees are not eligible to be nominated. Minimum of one year of continuous service in the College of Social Science is required. Primary assignment must be in the College of Social Science.

    Materials needed

    Nomination form, a letter of nomination and two additional letters of support. 

    Selection criteria

    The award criteria are focused around three pillars: Impact, Culture/Climate, and Professionalism. Support letters should encompass the award criteria and be limited to two pages each.

    Nominations

    Due by January 29, 2021 to SSC.DACSS@msu.edu

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Dean’s Advisory Committee for Support Staff