Call for nominations: SCHEV’s Outstanding Faculty Awards


Albert Farrell, Ph.D., VCU psychology professor and director of the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development, received the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has issued its annual call for nominations for the 2016 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards program. Created in 1986 by the General Assembly, the Outstanding Faculty Awards are the commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty members at Virginia’s colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

VCU continues to be on the rise among research universities across the nation. Our rapid progress is thanks, in large part, to the talent and dedication of my faculty colleagues who have excelled in teaching and research and who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and service every day. More than 20 VCU faculty members have been recognized by SCHEV in recent years for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.

In continuing that tradition, please join me in nominating a deserving faculty colleague this year. It is important that nominations be prepared according to the guidelines that SCHEV has posted. Each submission must include statement of support excerpts from the dean and department chair, and it is important that the nominee’s accomplishments clearly reflect the mission of the university.

A wealth of information is available on the SCHEV website for assistance in putting together the nomination packages.

Please review the instructions and criteria for the awards program found on SCHEV’s website, particularly Boyer’s Principles of Scholarship, as well as the electronic copy of the required submission cover page. Both are available here.

Additionally, please pay particular attention to the formatting requirements for nomination packages, which include:

      1. Nomination submissions must be prepared using:

          a. Standard 8.5×11-in. page size.
          b. Standard one-inch margins.
          c. At least single spacing.
          d. Size 11 font.
          e. Arial font style.

      2. All nominations must be submitted as Word documents. PDFs will not be accepted.

For assistance in compiling your nomination packets, please contact Interim Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs Michael Davis ( or 828-6162). Nominations are due to the appropriate dean no later than Monday, July 27. After review and approval, the deans should forward one electronic Word document (PDFs will not be accepted) of each nomination packet to Marella Briggs in the President’s Office ( no later than Monday, Aug. 17.

VCU’s faculty members are an essential part of transforming students’ lives and ensuring their success. Thank you for taking the time to nominate your colleagues for SCHEV’s Outstanding Faculty Awards program.