Call for Nominations
Women’s Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award
The Montana State University Women’s Faculty Caucus is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the third annual WFC Distinguished Mentor Award. This award is intended to recognize extraordinary efforts in mentoring women faculty in the university, and particularly junior faculty members both prior to and beyond tenure. The award will be presented to an individual who has contributed substantially to the career development of one or more women faculty members.
Successful mentoring is a crucial dimension of developing and retaining faculty members. Ongoing mentor relationships contribute to the happiness and success of female faculty members by helping them negotiate the promotion and tenure process and the path to full professor, by encouraging their research and teaching activities, and providing support and role models for healthy work-life integration. This award is a way of formally celebrating the commitment, particularly to mentoring junior women faculty members, that many, more senior women faculty members are already making as part of their informal service to the university.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a person who creates a supportive environment that fosters a mentee’s realization of long- and short-term professional and life goals. A mentor helps facilitate access to institutional resources, helps a mentee develop a network of relationships that can contribute to her success, and guides successful navigation of the university system. Mentoring plays an important role not only in promoting the success of individual faculty members but also in fostering community among scholars at Montana State University.
Award & Eligibility
This year we are excited to announce that the award will come with a $1000 check and will be presented by the President and Provost the Spring Convocation. Each year the honoree’s name is added to a plaque that is prominently displayed outside the MSU President’s Office. All faculty members who have dedicated time and energy to outstanding mentoring of women faculty members are eligible, and nominations may be made by any member of the Montana State University community.
Nomination letters should be no longer than two pages. Letters should include the full name and position of the nominee and the nominator, a detailed and specific description of the nominee’s mentoring activities and skills, and an explanation of the difference this made in the nominator’s life. Submissions can be made by email to the Women’s Faculty Caucus Steering Committee via Sara Rushing at , to be reviewed by the WFC Mentor Award Committee.
Deadline for nominations is November 14, 2011.