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Patton College Awards Committee

  • Margaret Thompson Memorial Award

    The Margaret Thompson Memorial Award is generated from an endowed fund. This award recognizes outstanding service provided by a classified staff member in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. It focuses on dedication and exceptional service to The Patton College in the classified staff member's area of expertise. An eligible nominee is any classified staff member who has served The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education for at least five (5) years. 

  • Outstanding Classified Staff

    This award acknowledges exemplary contributions in the areas of professional service, communication skills, teamwork, and self-development as demonstrated in a number of the following areas: 

    • made outstanding contributions to the mission and goals of the program in which they work, as well as to the mission and goals of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education;  

    • demonstrated the ability to be proactive and innovative in professional performance so that solutions and results were achieved within their program; 

    • demonstrated excellent communication skills with colleagues in carrying out responsibilities to include, but not be limited to being: honest, respectful, open-minded to a diversity of ideas, flexible, and encouraging of others 

    • was responsive to student needs (where appropriate) in a timely fashion; interacted well with students in a respectful manner; 

    • took opportunities for professional development and applied this to their work; 

    • encouraged and empowered faculty to carry out their faculty responsibilities; 

    • interacted with and supervised student workers; 

    • provided informal mentoring and advising for students in a respectful manner. 

  • Outstanding Administrative Staff

    The purpose of this award is to honor the outstanding professional work and accomplishments of an administrative staff person in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. This award acknowledges exemplary contributions in the areas of professional service responsibilities, communication skills, teamwork, and self-development as demonstrated in a number of the following areas below: 

    • made outstanding contributions to the mission and goals of the program in their works, as well as to the mission and goals of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education; 

    • demonstrated an ability to be proactive and innovative in professional performance so that solutions and results were achieved within the nominee’s program responsibilities; 

    • demonstrated excellent communication skills with colleagues in carrying out duties to include, but not be limited to being: honest, respectful, open-minded to a diversity of ideas, flexible, and encouraging of others; 

    • was responsive to student needs (where appropriate) in a timely fashion; interacted well with students in a respectful manner; 

    • took opportunities for professional development and applied this to their work; 

    • initiated collaboration with faculty members in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education for a mutually beneficial purpose or outcome; 

    • contributes to and implements “best practices” within their profession. 

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

    The purpose of this award is to honor outstanding graduate teaching by a faculty member in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. Outstanding graduate teaching involves exemplary modeling in the following areas: 

    • demonstrated depth of expertise and knowledge in their field; 

    • connected theory to practice and vice versa; 

    • challenged students to think critically, synthesize new understanding(s), and explore multiple perspectives; 

    • committed to high-quality mentoring, coaching, and advising 

    • exemplified genuine professional caring: sincere, empathic, sensitive to issues of diversity, responsive to student needs, fair assessment, and equitable treatment of students; 

    • facilitated and empowered students in their realization of personal and professional goals; 

    • demonstrated a commitment to their profession and advocate a robust professional identity as a role model to students; 

    • supported student success as the result of exemplary guidance in completing theses, dissertations, and scholarly capstone experiences. 

  • Distinguished Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award

    The purpose of this award is to honor outstanding undergraduate teaching by a faculty member in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. Outstanding teaching involves exemplary modeling in the following areas: 

    • demonstrated depth of expertise and knowledge in their field; 

    • connected theory to practice and vice versa; 

    • challenged students to think critically, synthesize new understanding(s), and explore multiple perspectives;  

    • committed to high-quality mentoring, coaching, and advising; 

    • exemplified genuine professional caring: sincere, empathic, sensitive to issues of diversity, responsive to student needs, fair assessment, and equitable treatment of students; 

    • facilitated and empowered students in their realization of personal and professional goals; 

    • demonstrated a commitment to their profession and advocate of a robust professional identity as a role model to students; 

    • supported student success as the result of exemplary guidance in the completion of scholarly capstone experiences; 

    • contributed to student successes as a result of published work and/or presented scholarly collaborations between faculty and student(s). 

     

  • Distinguished Faculty Outreach Award

    The purpose of this award is to honor outstanding professional outreach by a faculty member in the College of Education. Outreach should be to the fields represented by the departments and programs within the college, and for the contributions to the larger university and community. Following is an overview of relevant outreach activities: 

    • program development in the university and community that develops and sustains college-related partnerships; 

    • development and/or innovations in supervisory practices; 

    • development of professional standards and credentials; 

    • continuing education and professional development for professionals in response fields represented in the College; 

    • advancement and understanding of the role of education in society at large through means such as public media or political influence; 

    • national and/or international leadership and outreach in professional associations;  

    • state and/or regional leadership and outreach in professional associations; 

    • mentoring current and future professionals as it relates to the development of future leaders in the response fields represented in the college; 

    • public relations that influence, communicate, and broaden the understanding of college programs and initiatives; 

    • participation and/or leadership in grant-supported outreach with partnerships; 

    • recruitment and retention of students in programs of the college. 

  • Distinguished Faculty Research Award

    This award honors significant research that is related to the Patton College and conducted by a faculty member within the past three years. Research may be theoretical, conceptual, or applied. Research must be in publishable form, to include, but not be limited to: 

    • books and book chapters; 

    • journal articles;  

    • original multimedia production; 

    • software applications; 

    • or other emerging technologies; 

    • invited keynote presentation(s) to national and/or international audiences (as distinguished from juried conference presentations); 

    • nationally/internationally grant-supported research or scholarship; 

    • research that is noted for making an original and meaningful contribution to its related field. 

  • Distinguished Faculty Mentorship Award

    The purpose of this award is to honor outstanding mentoring of colleagues or students (undergraduate or graduate), by a faculty member in The Patton College of Education.  

    Outstanding mentoring goes beyond the standard requirements and expectations that go with being a faculty member such as teaching, advising, and serving on non-thesis projects, thesis, or dissertation committees. Outstanding mentoring may involve exemplary modeling or professional growth support such as: 

    • Providing observations, critique, and other professional support for colleagues;  

    • Helping students to become active and engaged members of regional and national organizations; 

    • Continuing to support students beyond graduation and into their careers through mentorship outreach; 

    • Helping students to develop forms of outreach and/or community engagement; 

    • Exemplifying genuine professional caring: sincere, empathetic, sensitive to issues of diversity, responsive to student needs, fair assessment, and equitable treatment of others;  

    • Providing observations, critique, and other professional support for student pedagogical efforts; 

    • Supporting professional growth 

    • Including and guiding students over an extended period on grants, research projects, or research teams; 

    • Helping students to develop and revise research manuscripts, conference presentations, and other forms of scholarly dissemination; 

    • Nominating students for local, state, national, or international awards, recognition, or other professional growth opportunities such as training fellowships.