2009-2010 Academic Year


COMMITTEE:  Academic Awards Committee


1.       Membership (include ex-officio members): Chris Jantzen, Slobodanka Dimova, Heng Hong, Carolyn Willis, Sue Steinweg, Susanne Jones, Laura Prividera, Dorothy Muller, Paul Gemperline, Derek Alderman, Kim Larson, Greg Stonewall

2.       Meeting Dates (include members present*).
* and members who contributed to committee action, but were not at the meeting.

Sept. 3, 2009: Powers, Dimova, Hong, Jantzen, Steinweg, Alderman, Gemperline, Larson, Prividera.

Oct, 1, 2009: Dimova, Hong, Jantzen, Jones, Muller, Prividera, Steinweg 

Nov. 5, 2009: Meeting cancelled because subcommittees are meeting

Dec. 3, 2009: Meeting cancelled because subcommittees are meeting

Feb. 4, 2010: Meeting cancelled because subcommittees are meeting           

Mar. 4, 2010: Alderman, Jantzen, Muller, Prividera, Steinweg, Stonewall, Larson, Gemperline, Willis, Hong, Dimova

Apr. 1, 2010: Meeting cancelled because subcommittees completing work

3.      Subcommittees established during the year (include progress and/or completion of work).

All subcommittees completed their review of nominees’ portfolios and made award selections on time. Details of subcommittees’ membership and tasks are reported below.

Lifetime and Five Year University Research/Creative Activity Awards Subcommittee (consists of only members of the AAC).

            MEMBERS:  Kim Larson (Chair) (Rep.  Faculty Senate), Derek Alderman (Rep.  Chair of the Faculty), Slobodanka Dimova, Paul Gemperline (Rep. V-C  Research and Graduate Studies, Heng Hong, Chris Jantzen, no SGA rep. 

            TASK: Reviewed 7 nominees for 5-Yr Award. No nominees for Lifetime Award. Selected  2 winners for 5-Yr Award. Sent recommendations to VC of Research and Graduate Studies for final decision.

ECU Alumni Association for Outstanding Teaching including the Robert L. Jones Award Subcommittee

            MEMBERS:  Chris Jantzen (Chair), Paul Clifford (Rep. for Alumni Affairs), Derek Alderman (Rep. Chair of Faculty), Heng Hong, Dorothy Muller, Shanan Gibson (Rep. of Provost), Nancy Stephenson (Rep. V-C Health Sciences), no SGA rep. 

TASK: 25 nom, 3 declined, reviewed 22, selected 10 finalists, reviewed videos, selected 3 winners.

Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service Through Continuing Education Subcommittee

      MEMBERS:  Carolyn Willis (Chair), Kim Larson (Rep. Faculty Senate), Paul Gemperline (Rep. V-C Research and Graduate Studies), Sue Steinweg, Jamie Leibowitz (Rep. of Provost), Steve Willis (Rep. V-C Health Sciences), Clayton Sessoms, Dorothy Muller, no SGA rep. 

TASK: 15 nominations, 3 declined, reviewed 12 nominees, selected 5 finalists, and 1 winner.

Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Committee

MEMBERS:  Laura Prividera (Chair), Susanne Jones, Karen Vail-Smith (Rep. of Provost), Andrew Stuart (Rep. V-C Health Sciences), Sue Steinweg, no SGA rep. 

TASK: 17 Nom, 3 declined, reviewed 14 nom, made recommendations for 6 winners to the Chanc.   

Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching Committee

MEMBERS: Matt Mahar (Chair) (Representative of the Provost), Laura Prividera, Slobodonka Dimova, James Byrd (Rep. VC Health Sciences), Susanne Jones, Dorothy Muller, no SGA rep.

              TASK: 9 Nominees, 1 declined, Reviewed 8 nom and made 2 recommendations to the Chancellor

Ø  All subcmtes conducted their work reviewing portfolios and recommended winners for the awards.

4.      Accomplishments during the year, especially as addressed through committee goals.  Please include recommendations made to any University agency other than the Faculty Senate that will be noted under #5.

·        Secured reserved parking places for West Campus AAC committee members to facilitate their attendance at AAC meetings held in Rawl Annex.

·        At the first Fall 2009 AAC meeting, paperwork was carried through the Faculty Senate channels for approval and then update the award text before sending out the call for LRCAA nominations.  Calls for the research awards were sent later than other calls because of this change. .

·        Scholarship of Engagement Award had been requested.  Following a meeting with the Committee on Committees, an approval came to change the charge of the Academic Awards Committee to include Engagement.  A draft proposal for the Scholarship of Engagement came about through meetings with a group of faculty who were active in the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy.  The proposal was sent to the Faculty Senate and approved on March 30th.  Signature of Chancellor pending.

·        Moved up dates for decisions of winners to meet deadlines for reporting winners of BOG awards, Research Awards

5.       Reports to the Faculty Senate (include dates and resolution numbers).

·    Resolution #09-34   September 15, 2010 – Change to Lifetime and Five-Year Research Award to have only 1 lifetime award.

·    Resolution # 10-22 March 30, 2010 – Academic Awards Committee Charge expanded to include University Scholarship of Engagement Awards.

·    Resolution #10-24 March 30, 2010 – Proposal for  Scholarship of Engagement Award

6.       Business carried over to next year (list in priority order).

Editing text of awards to change language to current digital formats rather than videotape; Editing dates of awards for alignment; Discuss requirement of a video submission for teaching awards that results in all online DE teaching being ineligible for these awards; Edit “call for nominations” text to request a particular type of DVD; Discussion about faculty award ceremony

7.       Evaluation of the committee (include anything that hindered or assisted the

          committee's work during the year).

          A.      Charge: Charge expanded to include Scholarship of Engagement by vote of Faculty Senate

          B.      Personnel: Student representative designated prior to last meeting.

          C.      Attendance: Attendance was very low for full committee meetings which resulted

          in some discussions being held electronically.

D.           Responsibilities: Dorothy Muller, Director of the Office for Faculty Excellence

plays a huge role with this committee.  She receives all the nominations for awards and contacts chairs to verify information. Dorothy conducts training sessions for nominees on portfolio development. Nominees deliver their portfolios to the Office for Faculty Excellence where they are housed in a reading room.  Dorothy makes contact with the Provost, V-C for Research, V-C for Health Science, Faculty Senate, and Chair of the Faculty Senate to get names of their representatives for the subcommittees.  Her office provides support for the whole process of reviewing and selecting finalists, including making copies or creating access for subcommittee members who need to view video submitted by finalists. Guidance documents, including some rubrics, facilitated the selection process. This committee receives great support for our tasks from both Dorothy Muller and Lori Lee. 

          decisions of subcommittees.

          E.      Activities: The guidance and assistance of Lori Lee enabled the committee to

          move forward with 3 resolutions to the Faculty Senate

8.       Suggestion(s) to the Chair of the Faculty and/or Faculty Senate for improving the effectiveness of the committee.  None

9.       Does the Committee’s organizational meeting next year need to be earlier than the date set this year?  No


                    Signed:                           Chairperson    Sue Steinweg


                                                                      Secretary  Chris Jantzen