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To make a nomination for any of the following three awards please use the

WesternU Academic Senate Award Nomination Form

Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Award for Leadership and Service

Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Award for Leadership and Service recognizes a faculty member for exemplary leadership, service and contributions to university committees, the local and professional communities/societies, the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles, and for making documentable impact on the quality of the university and demonstrating a commitment to high standards of professional life. Examples of areas of leadership and service include, but are not limited to, faculty/shared governance, major curricular reform or program development, chairing an academic program, fostering collaboration between or among departments, divisions or schools, exemplary mentoring for other faculty, and exceptional contributions to achieving one or more goals of the university, while embodying the values of the university. Candidates are nominated by their college (one per college) and chosen by the University Faculty Affairs committee. Colleges are encouraged to develop a faculty driven process for selecting their nominees to this award. Award recipient will receive a medallion, plaque (or presentation case) and $1000 award. The award will be presented during the University Convocation ceremony, and the recipient’s name added to a cumulative plaque.

The nomination packet should include a letter of nomination detailing the reason for the nomination, list and length of service for university committees the faculty member is serving on (member or Chair), service to the local communities, a copy of the nominees Curriculum Vitae (highlighting recent achievements), and other related evidence. The deadline for submission of the nominations (electronic and original copy) to the Provost’s office is April 13. Past award recipients are not eligible for nomination for five years following the year of their award. If there is no qualified nominee in a given year, the Committee may choose to make no award.

Based upon the requirements for the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Award for Leadership and Service, nomination materials should at minimum include:

  • Cover page (name of nominee, title, email, phone, nominator’s name and signature)
  • Letter of nomination detailing the reason for the nomination, and the impact of the faculty member’s leadership and service
  • A list and length of service for university committees the faculty member is serving on (indicate whether member or Chair), as well as list and description of service to the local communities
  • A curriculum vitae limited to ten pages with recent achievements highlighted
  • A letter (limited to two-three pages) of recommendation from the nominator (dean, or department/unit supervisor)
  • Other related evidence or documentation 

Award Recipient of the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Fadi Khasawneh, PhD

Associate Professor, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Award Recipient of the 2013-2014 Academic Year 

Wael Khamas, BVM&S, MS, PhD

Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Provost’s Distinguished Scholar Award

Provost’s Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes exceptional scholarly and research accomplishments and achievements, contribution to the research mission of the university, and a commitment to high standards of professional life by a faculty member. Candidates are nominated by their college (one per college) and chosen by the University Faculty Affairs committee. Colleges are encouraged to develop a faculty driven process for selecting their nominees to this award. Award recipient will receive a medallion, plaque (or presentation case) and $1000 award. The award will be presented during the University Convocation ceremony, and the recipient’s name added to a cumulative plaque.

The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination detailing reason for the nomination, the faculty member’s research and other scholarly accomplishments in the previous three academic years (e.g., extramural grant/contract funding; peer-and non-peer reviewed publications and book chapters; intramural grant funding; published abstracts; invited presentations; grant submissions; leadership in scientific societies), impact of the nominee’s research, a copy of their Curriculum Vitae, and other related evidence. The deadline for submission of the nominations (electronic and original copy) to the Provost’s office is April 13. Past award recipients are not eligible for nomination for five years following the year of their award. If there is no qualified nominee in a given year, the Committee may choose to make no award.

Based upon the requirements for the Provost’s Distinguished Scholar Award, nomination materials should at minimum include:

  • Cover page (name of nominee, title, email, phone, nominator’s name and signature)
  • Letter of nomination detailing the reason for the nomination
  • A description of the faculty member’s research and other scholarly accomplishments in the previous three academic years (e.g., extramural grant/contract funding; peer-and non-peer reviewed publications and book chapters; intramural grant funding; published abstracts; invited presentations; grant submissions; leadership in scientific societies)
  • A curriculum vitae limited to ten pages with achievements in the last three academic years highlighted
  • A letter (limited to two-three pages) of recommendation from the nominator (dean, or department/unit supervisor)
  • Other related evidence or documentation

 Award Recipient of the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Kabir Lutfy, PhD

Professor, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Award Recipient of the 2013-2014 Academic Year

No recipient

 

Western University Distinguished Teacher Award

Western University’s Distinguished Teacher Award honors excellence in teaching, contribution to the educational mission of the university, demonstrated concern for students and their learning and a commitment to high standards of professional life by a faculty member. Candidates are nominated by their college (one per college) and chosen by the University Faculty Affairs committee. Colleges are encouraged to develop a faculty driven process for selecting their nominees to this award. Award recipient will receive a medallion, plaque (or presentation case) and $1000 award. The award will be presented during the University Convocation ceremony, and the recipient’s name added to a cumulative plaque.

The nomination packet should include a letter of nomination detailing the reason for the nomination, nominee’s personal statement of teaching philosophy, faculty member’s teaching related accomplishments for which they are being considered  as evidenced by peer and/or student teaching scores/evaluations, scholarship of teaching, design of new and innovative teaching methods or modalities, description of new courses, and a copy of the nominees Curriculum Vitae (highlighting recent achievements). The deadline for submission of the nominations (electronic and original copy) to the Provost’s office is April 13. Past award recipients are not eligible for nomination for five years following the year of their award. If there is no qualified nominee in a given year, the Committee may choose to make no award.

Based upon the requirements for the Western University Distinguished Teacher Award, nomination materials should at minimum include:

  • Cover page (name of nominee, title, email, phone, nominator’s name and signature)
  • Letter of nomination detailing the reason for the nomination
  • A copy of the nominee’s personal statement of teaching philosophy
  • A description of the faculty member’s teaching related accomplishments for which they are being considered as evidenced by peer and/or student teaching scores/evaluations, scholarship of teaching, design of new and innovative teaching methods or modalities, description of new courses, etc.
  • A curriculum vitae limited to ten pages with recent achievements highlighted
  • A letter (limited to two-three pages) of recommendation from the nominator (dean, or department/unit supervisor)
  • Other related evidence or documentation

 Award Recipient of the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Janice Blumer, DO

Assistant Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

  Award Recipient of the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Frank Spors, MS, PhD, FAAO

Associate Professor, College of Optometry

 

Provost’s Shared-Governance Travel Stipend Award

Shared-governance is the term that describes the procedures, and structures of organizational control, influence and decision-making processes that academic institutions develop to achieve an effective balance between the role of trustees and administration (legal authority) and the faculty (professional authority) and articulates the relationships between these authorities. A well-structured and efficiently-organized Academic/Faculty Senate, with clearly-designed standing committees are essential components of a sound system of academic governance and are essential for the effective representation of faculty in shared-governance. The Academic Senate serves as the vehicle for shared-governance.

The Provost’s Shared-Governance Travel Stipend Award is designed encourage faculty participation in the governance of the university, thereby not only promoting but also strengthening our systems and processes of shared-governance. An informed faculty, who understand the principles of faculty and shard-governance, are an empowered faculty and will serve as a strong foundation and a valuable partner for effective governance on our campus.

Ultimately, the primary objective of this travel stipend is to develop faculty members’ leadership capacities in the governance of the university through their involvement and seeking election to the Academic Senate or the standing committees of the faculty handbook. The recipient of this award will receive a travel stipend to cover the costs of attending the 2016 annual American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Institute in Portland at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon  from July 21-24, 2016. In this institute, you will learn about governance topics such as shared-governance in academia; faculty advocacy through understanding and strengthening faculty handbooks; effective meetings and parliamentary procedure, how to increase faculty participation in academic decision-making, amongst others.  

Eligibility for this award is open to all voting members of the Academic Assembly, which is defined in the faculty handbook as follows: “A voting member of the Academic Assembly is any faculty member, employed for no less than 50 % of full-time work, who performs non-administrative academic duties at least 50% of his/her contractual time. Academic duties include any combination of teaching, research, scholarly activities, clinical responsibilities and/or service.”

The nomination packet should include a copy of their Curriculum Vitae, as well as a nomination letter (no less than 500 words, but no more than 750 words) describing the reasons for the nomination, and how they intend to contribute to, and their future goals/vision for shared-governance at WesternU. The packet should be submitted as an email attachment to the Academic Senate <AcademicSenate@westernu.edu>, and is due by April 13, 2016 .

Award Recipient of the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Brian Tessier, PA-C

Assistant Professor, College of Allied Health Professions

Award Recipient of the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Michelle Hovorka, M.S.

Instructor, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest