Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards

Established in 2001 by former Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. David Graham, the Dean’s Awards recognize outstanding contribution by faculty and staff members. Faculty members are eligible for the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards for Teaching Excellence (both tenure and non-tenure), for Distinguished Scholarship and for Outstanding Academic Service. Staff members are eligible for the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards for Exceptional Service to the Faculty. The number of awards presented in any academic year will vary depending on the nominations submitted.

While accomplishments over the course of an entire career may be taken into consideration, the normal period of primary focus will be the six years that precede the year of application or nomination. In the case of prior award-winners who apply or are nominated for a second award in the same area, only new accomplishments will be considered.

The Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards are presented at the annual A Fine Crowd celebration (formerly Author, Author!). The 2015-16 awards will be presented on March 30, 2017.

Eligibility

  1. All faculty and staff members in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to be nominated for or to apply for a Dean’s Award, with the exception of the Dean, Associate Deans and Heads.

Nomination

  1. The Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences will invite nominations once each academic year, near the end of the Fall Semester.
  2. Any faculty or staff member in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences may submit a nomination or apply for one or more of the Dean’s Awards.
  3. Any student enrolled in a major or minor programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences may nominate a faculty or staff member for one or more of the Dean’s Awards.
  4. Nominations and applications will be accompanied by documentation sufficient to permit assessment on the basis of evidence of achievement substantially above expected norms.

Adjudication

  1. The Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences will strike six ad hoc committees of Heads of Departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, each of which will be charged with evaluating nominations and applications for one of the six categories of awards.
  2. Recommendations of the ad hoc committees will be discussed by the Heads meeting as a committee of the whole to advise the Dean, whose decision will be final.

Nature of the Awards

  1. The Awards for Teaching Excellence, for Graduate Supervision, for Distinguished Scholarship, and for Outstanding Academic Service will consist of a certificate and a grant of $500, administered by the Office of Research, to be used for approved research or professional development expenses.
  2. The Awards for Exceptional Service to the Faculty will consist of a certificate and a cash award of $500.

Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence will recognize superior performance in one or more areas of teaching: classroom teaching, curriculum or programme development or the advancement of teaching practice in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Applications and nominations will be accompanied by a dossier of materials sufficient to permit assessment of claims made by the nominator or applicant. Two awards will be made in this category, one for tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and a second for non tenure-track instructors.

Award for Graduate Supervision

The Dean’s Award for Graduate Supervision will recognize excellence in graduate student supervision. An outstanding graduate supervisor has many roles; a mentor, advisor, and role model committed to involving students in valuable research opportunities, helping students secure the necessary research funding, guiding students through to the completion of their degree and preparing them for a successful career.

Award for Distinguished Scholarship

The Dean’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship will recognize a body of published scholarly work of a standard sufficient to have brought greater national or international recognition to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Applications and nominations will be accompanied by a dossier consisting of representative samples of the scholarly work in question.

Award for Academic Service

The Dean’s Award for Academic Service will recognize a record of academic service, within or outside the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, whose extent and quality significantly surpass accepted norms. Applications and nominations will be accompanied by a dossier consisting of evidence that the nominee’s service has had a significant positive impact on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Award for Exceptional Service to the Faculty

The Dean’s Award for Exceptional Service to the Faculty will recognize a record of service to the Faculty that is demonstrably superior to that normally expected of staff members. Applications and nominations will be accompanied by a dossier consisting of evidence that the nominee’s service has had a significant positive impact on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The William J. Kirwin Award 

William J. Kirwin Award for Retiree Recognition recognizes those faculty member retirees who continue their research and engagement activities in support of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Community Research Engagement Award

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Community Research Engagement Award recognizes a community or place within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador which has been an instrumental partner in research completed by an Humanities and Social Sciences faculty member(s) and/or graduate student. The research must have taken place within the last five years and have made a positive difference in the community.

All current faculty members and graduate students currently engaged in full time research are eligible to nominate a community.

 

 

 

 

Contact

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca