Full-Time Faculty Award Nomination Process

The Faculty Excellence in Education Award honors an educator for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community.

The Excellence in Education Awards are presented at the August Opening Day by the president. Each recipient receives $1,000 and a $1,000 contribution is also made to the GRCC Foundation in the recipient's name.

Criteria for nominating a colleague

In order to be nominated for the Excellence in Education Award for full-time faculty:

  • A nominee must be a faculty member in good standing who has been employed by GRCC for at least five years and has not previously won the award.
  • In addition, only faculty who will be returning to full-time work the following academic school year will be considered for the award.  
  • All nominations are submitted without the nominee’s knowledge. Please emphasize confidentiality when obtaining comments from nominators and endorsers’ signatures.
  • Nominations for non-winning full-time faculty will automatically be reconsidered in the following year.
  • If you'd like to update a nomination, contact the Provost office at provost@grcc.edu or (616) 234-3920 for details about how to update a nomination.
  • The Excellence in Education committee, a subcommittee of the Academic Governing Council, will review the submitted nominations for the full-time award and recommend a recipient to the Provost.

How to nominate a colleague

Deadline to nominate: Friday, June 5, 2020.

  1. Read the Nomination Information.
  2. Fill out and submit a Nomination Form.
  3. Fill out and submit the Signature Form.

Please note - paper forms available upon request at provost@grcc.edu.


Full-Time Faculty Award Nomination Form

Who would you like to nominate?
Your Information
Additional Nominator
At least one additional supporting nominator is required.
Do you have a second supporting nominator to add?
Additional Nominator #2
Do you have an additional supporting nominator to add?
Additional Nominator #3
Do you have an additional supporting nominator to add?
Additional Nominator #4
Nominator Narratives
Please provide seven specific and concrete examples (narratives) that speak to each of the following qualities of this nominee as a faculty member.

Each narrative must be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 500.
  1. Teaching
    • Innovative ideas, activities, projects, assessment methods, lecture style, and/or any other examples that demonstrate why this nominee is an exemplary faculty member. Please number your examples.
  2. Student service
    • Ways in which the nominee serves the needs of students at GRCC, either within his or her department, or college-wide (e.g., leader of a student organization, advising a student, providing resources to students, committees around student success, etc.)
  3. College service
    • Examples of service to the college. This could include serving on committees, departmental activities and/or service, presentations, etc.
  4. Professional development
    • Ways in which the nominee continues to develop skills and knowledge within his or her profession and/or feld of study.
  5. Community service
    • Ways in which the nominee serves the community.
  6. Summary
    • A concluding statement as to why the nominee deserves of the Excellence in Education Award, highlighting evidence of his or her contribution to the mission and vision of this college as a whole.
  7. Additional comments
    • Provide supporting comments from at least one additional colleague. First, identify the name of the additional nominator, then write the comments. The nominator(s) may address each section above (i.e., education, student service, college service, professional development and/or community service), but it is not a requirement for nomination.
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