All nominations are due on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at bsosawards.umd.edu.

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Click on award title below for details and nomination criteria.

All tenure track and professional track faculty members, lecturers, instructors, and graduate assistants (who will be enrolled Fall 2022) are eligible for these awards except those who have received the Teaching Award in the past 10 academic years.

To nominate a person for the award, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. A summary statement by the department teaching committee or chair’s assessment of the nominee’s teaching record. It would be helpful to include evidence of the nominee’s distinctive contribution to teaching (e.g. innovative approaches, development of new courses, special advising, counseling activities, participation in honors or interdisciplinary courses, etc.).
  3. A list of all courses (with enrollments) taught by the nominee during the past three years. Specify any unique characteristics of the teaching load (e.g. required versus elective courses, laboratory or field service courses, etc.).
  4. Syllabi for courses offered in the past three years – but please, no teaching portfolios.
  5. Teaching evaluation data for the past three years. These data should include results of the Course Feedback Survey for the past three years (through Fall 2020) and results of any other evaluation instruments used by the instructor.
  6. Statements from students in support of this nomination.

This award recognizes tenured/tenure track and professional track faculty members who have made significant contributions to the research agenda of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences over the past year.  Outstanding publications, originality or pioneering nature of the research, impact of the research, and/or research productivity may all be considered for this award.  There will be two awards to acknowledge the contributions of both tenured/tenure track and professional track faculty. All faculty are eligible except those who have received the award in the past 10 academic years.

To nominate a person for the award, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. A research statement from the candidate outlining his/her/their impact on research field and the research agenda of the College.
  3. Letters of nomination which describe the candidate’s contributions to his/her/their field.

This award recognizes excellence in mentorship by a faculty member of junior faculty, graduate students, and/or undergraduate student mentees. Faculty who receive this award will be asked to conduct or host one college-wide mentorship-related event or activity in the year following the award.

Faculty members with at least three years of service in the College are eligible for this award except those who have received the award in the past 10 academic years. Nominations will be accepted from each unit within the College and from faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and staff who wish to submit nominations independent of their unit's nominations.

To nominate a person for the award, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. A summary statement by the department teaching committee or chair’s assessment of the nominee’s mentorship record. It would be helpful to include evidence of the nominee’s distinctive contribution to mentorship (e.g. innovative approaches, unusual dedication, etc.)
  2. A list of mentees and/or mentorship leadership activities during the past three years. Specify any unique characteristics of the mentorship or mentorship load.
  3. Statements from mentees in support of this nomination.
  4. Include at least two letters of support (one from a student and one from a faculty member) that should include the following types of information: the contributions the faculty member has made to mentorship in the department and college, examples of the nominee’s mentorship that deserve particular attention and recognition, and the impact of the nominee on individual students’ and colleagues’ development.

This award recognizes individuals whose work promotes the diversity mission of our college. Examples might involve innovative efforts to include diversity in a course or curriculum, mentoring of diverse students, efforts that build community among diverse students, faculty, and staff, to name a few possibilities.  This award is open to all members of the college community (faculty, graduate students, and staff) except those who have received the award in the past 10 academic years.

Review criteria includes outcomes including, but not limited to:

  • Community engagement in diversity dialogue and education
  • Examination and modification of current practices of one’s department/institution that support inclusion
  • Implementation of initiatives that foster inclusion, diversity and social justice

To nominate a person for the award, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. A statement from the candidate outlining his/her/their commitment to diversity at the College.
  2. Letters of nomination which describe the candidate’s contribution to the College’s diversity mission.

These awards recognize the important contributions of faculty and staff who serve as advisors as well as academic or administrative leaders in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. These awards acknowledge their efforts in advancing educational opportunities or enhancing the experiences and outcomes of our students. 

Faculty and staff are all eligible except those who have received the award in the past 10 academic years.

To nominate a person for the award, submit letters of recommendation to www.bsosawards.umd.edu.  Nominators are encouraged to solicit letters from others who are familiar with the nominee’s work. Student nominators are encouraged to describe how the advisor has assisted them both academically and personally and why she/he merits special recognition. The College does not narrowly define the criteria for this award; rather, the nominator determines the attributes and behaviors that she/he/they believes constitute consistently excellent advising or administration for either graduate or undergraduate students.  Examples of attributes that nominators may want to consider include (but are not limited to) the following: accessibility, dedication, problem-solving skills, dependability, communication skills, motivation/attitude, knowledge/skills and innovation.

Our staff members are invaluable members of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences community. They are partners in our efforts to achieve our goals and fulfill our mission. The College’s annual Outstanding Staff Award: Exceptional Contribution recognizes staff members who:  

  • Contributed a creative and innovative approach to process improvements

  • Supplied an original idea that contributed to the success of the unit/institution

  • In a non-leadership position, provided leadership, team building and/or facilitated a team or project that enhanced the organization 

  • In a leadership position, consistently grew their organization by mentoring each of their subordinates.

Permanent staff in the exempt and non-exempt staff categories whose appointments are 50% or greater and who have been employed by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences for at least two years are eligible to be nominated except those who have received the award in the past 10 academic years.

To nominate a person for the award in either category: non-exempt or exempt, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. A letter of support from a supervisor to the Dean’s Office that includes a concise description of the nominee’s contributions to the department or college.
  2. A statement with the one following contributions addressed: contributed approach to process improvements; contributed to the success of the unit/institution; facilitated a team or project that enhanced the organization; consistently grows their organization by mentoring and growing each of their subordinates.
  3. Nominators are encouraged to solicit letters from other people who are familiar with the nominee’s work – at least one from a student and one from a faculty member.

Our staff members are invaluable members of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences community. They are partners in our efforts to achieve our goals and fulfill our mission. The College’s annual Outstanding Staff Award: Service to Students recognizes a staff member:  

  • Who consistently makes a difference and impact in student lives

  • Contributed to an innovative, original idea that implemented and transformed an aspect of the “student experience”

Permanent staff in the exempt and non-exempt staff categories whose appointments are 50% or greater and who have been employed by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences for at least two years are eligible to be nominated except those who have received the award in the past 10 academic years.

To nominate a person for the award in either category: non-exempt or exempt, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. A letter of support from a supervisor to the Dean’s Office that includes a concise description of the nominee’s contributions to the department orcollege.
  2. A statement with the following issues addressed: innovation, knowledge and skills and dedication.
  3. Nominators are encouraged to solicit letters from other people who are familiar with the nominee’s work – at least one from a student and one from a faculty member.

Our staff members are invaluable members of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences community. They are partners in our efforts to achieve our goals and fulfill our mission. The College’s annual Outstanding Staff Award: Extraordinary Public Service to the Community recognizes:  

  • A personal dedication to a project or cause that definitively improved the greater community whether that is the college, campus or surrounding area

  • Staff employee who throughout his/her/their career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference

  • The award is based on a sustained record of service over a period of years carried out through the individual’s role(s) in the University rather than as a private citizen

Permanent staff in the exempt and non-exempt staff categories whose appointments are 50% or greater and who have been employed by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences for at least two years are eligible to be nominated except those who have received the award in the past 10 academic years.

To nominate a person for the award in either category: non-exempt or exempt, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. A letter of support from a supervisor to the Dean’s Office that includes a concise description of the nominee’s contributions to the department or college.
  2. A statement with the following issues addressed: innovation, knowledge and skills and dedication.
  3. Nominators are encouraged to solicit letters from other people who are familiar with the nominee’s work – at least one from a student and one from a faculty member.

This is an award to formally recognize graduate students who have made significant contributions to topics involving community and public concerns. All graduate students are eligible for this award except those who have previously received the award.

One or two awards of $2,500 tuition scholarship will be presented at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Event. However, this scholarship provides support for the 2022-2023 academic year. Awardees will receive the funds directly into their student account during the Fall 2022 semester. 

Graduate students engaged in master’s thesis research or doctoral dissertation research dealing with social issues or public policy questions are eligible for this award.  Students must also be enrolled for the Fall 2022 semester. Nominators should be a faculty member familiar with the student’s work. 

To nominate a person for the award, submit the following documents to www.bsosawards.umd.edu:

  1. Curriculum vitae.

  2. A letter of support from a supervisor to the Dean’s Office that includes a concise description of the nominee’s research and its contributions to our knowledge about a particular social, public policy question or community program.

  3. Nominators are encouraged to solicit letters from other people who are familiar with the nominee’s work – at least one from a faculty member.