Syracuse University

Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award

2015 Call for Nominations


The Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring have made a significant contribution to graduate education at Syracuse University. 


Given the wide variation in responsibilities across campus, each department wishing to nominate a faculty member for this award will have latitude in establishing nomination criteria. The following broad guidelines apply to all departments:

  1. 1.  Regardless of the number of faculty employed in a given department, the Graduate School encourages the nomination of only truly distinguished and deserving candidates.  No more than one (1) award will be given per department or academic unit per year.
  1. 2.  Previous recipients of this award are ineligible to receive the award again.
  2. 3.  Awards will be made on the basis of demonstrated excellence and lasting impact in the following areas:
  • mentoring of graduate students in their roles as scholars, teachers and academic professionals
  • graduate instructional performance
  • special advising efforts and/or advocacy on behalf of graduate students
  1. 4.  Only completed nomination packets will be considered.
  2. 5.  All nomination materials must adhere to the nomination process described below and be submitted by the advertised deadline.

Nomination Process

It is the nominator’s responsibility to collect the required materials and complete the nomination information sheet, including the checklist for required items.  The nominator must submit these materials to the Graduate School Programs Suite 220 Bowne Hall by Wednesday, February 18, 2015:

  • Letter of Nomination submitted by a graduate student, faculty member, administrator or alumnus that provides an overview of the nominee’s contribution to graduate education and includes a brief description of why the candidate is considered outstanding in his/her department. This document will serve as a cover letter for the nomination packet.
  • Information Sheet must be complete.
  • Letters of Support — a minimum of three from faculty, staff, graduate students or alumni. At least one letter must be from a current graduate student or recent graduate.
  • Letter of Endorsement from the chair of the nominee’s department.

Once the nomination materials are submitted, the Graduate School will invite the nominee to provide the following:

  • current curriculum vitae
  • reflective statement illustrating practices that have supported or contributed to graduate education at Syracuse University

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by a committee of Graduate School staff and graduate students.  Submitted materials should address the nominee’s impact on the professional preparation of graduate students and ability to promote excellence in graduate education within his/her department and the university. 

Some items to consider include the nominee’s demonstrated ability to:

  • provide a supportive environment for graduate research and scholarship
  • model superior teaching, careful advising, and responsible professional conduct
  • enhance students’ academic and professional skills
  • sponsor students’ entry into the professional academic community
  • guide students in administrative, organizational and professional matters
  • help students secure suitable employment and achieve professional success
  • promote effective mentoring practices


Award recipients will be recognized along with the Outstanding TAs in mid-April.

Questions regarding the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award should be directed to Dina Ioannidis (



The Graduate School is proud to announce the winners of the annual Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, honoring faculty members whose advocacy on behalf of graduate students and commitment to superior graduate teaching and mentoring have had a significant positive impact on graduate education at Syracuse University. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award.


Steven Cohan, English

Senem Velipasalar, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Omer Preminger, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

William F. Kelleher, Jr., Anthropology (Accepted by Jo Thomas)


2013 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award Winners


William B. Bradley, Philosophy
Matthew Cleary,  Political Science
Christopher R. DeCorse, Anthropology
Laura K. Lautz, Earth Sciences
Gretchen Lopez, Cultural Foundations of Education
Leonard M. Lopoo, Public Administration and International Affairs
Patrick T. Mather, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Peter A. Vanable, Psychology
Jason R. Wiles, Biology and Science Teaching

2012 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award Winners

Faculty Winners 2012

J. Joseph Comprix , Joseph I. Lubin School of  Accounting

Jeremy L. Gilbert, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Jonathan K. Hanson, Political Science

Chris E. Johnson , Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jackie Orr, Sociology

Susan Snow Wadley, Anthropology