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George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations
Stage 1: Notification
Each year, in September, the Barbour and Cohen University Committee will distribute information to all deans and heads of academic units; to students via government, student groups, and news media; and to alumni via news media.
Stage 2: Nominations
Nominations may come only from students and alumni and must not be solicited by faculty or administrators. Nominations must be submitted to the Chair of the University of Cincinnati Barbour and Cohen Awards Committee via online form by Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Ben Hofstetter will inform the nominee and the nominee's department of the nomination. Nominations sent via email, postal mail, fax or voice-mail will not be accepted. Nomination letters need to be limited to no more than one page in PDF format. The electronic dossier (see below) sent later will provide full documentation of the nomination.
Stage 3: Department Action
As soon as the nominations are received, a process should be initiated to collect and organize support data in the form of an electronic dossier. The nominee(s) may participate in this process. Students shall be part of this process also.
The candidate should be involved in any way he or she deems necessary, such as selecting the college or departmental Committee when used, supplying an updated vita, a list of students with whom the candidate has interacted, and course evaluations in the candidate's possession.
A nominee may be a candidate for only one award. If a person is nominated for both, he/she must choose which award for which he/she wishes to be considered.
Electronic Dossier Format
PLEASE NOTE that nominee must be in at least the seventh year of full-time teaching at the University of Cincinnati as a (non-administrative) faculty member. Without this requirement no dossier should be submitted.
The dossiers, which must be submitted electronically in PDF format, should consist of the following documentation in the order indicated.
- the department head and/or college dean cover letter
- the student/alumnus(a) nominating letter(s)/form(s)
- In addition to items 1 and 2, no more than 25 numbered pages containing:
- A 1- to 3-page reflection, written by the nominee, that describes and illustrates the specific ways the nominee has created or promoted good student-faculty relations at UC
- an abbreviated personal vita, stating past and current faculty status not to exceed 3 pages
- a list (not necessarily complete) of courses taught at U.C.
- a summary of numerical and/or written class evaluations (optional for the Barbour Award)
- quotations (not paraphrases) from student letters/comments with examples of at least 3 and not more than 5 complete letters
- quotations (not paraphrases) from peer letters/comments with examples of at least 3 complete and not more than 5 letters
- any additional evidence felt important, e.g. involvement with students outside of class or with student groups, publications related to teaching, etc.
- An Appendix
All documents from which quotations are taken must be included in their entirety as the electronic appendix. The electronic appendix does not count in the 25-page limit on the dossier. Since the dossier itself is the primary basis for the evaluation of a nominee's qualifications, the appendix serves only as a supplement. The committee strongly suggests that nominees avoid the temptation to inflate the dossier by placing either redundant or extraneous material in the appendix. There is no necessary relationship between the size of the appendix and winning an award. Copies of books and offprints of articles should be not included in the dossier. The evaluation Committee is under no obligation to consider appended materials.
- The candidate should be very clear about the differing criteria for each award and make certain that the folder adequately states and reflects the award for which it is submitted.
- The 25 pages referred to in #3 must be numbered.
- Dates should be included on letters whenever possible.
- Evaluations from students and peers outside the nominee's area are useful.
- The criteria and dossier format are firm.
Electronic Dossier Submission
The electronic dossiers should be emailed by the department directly to the Barbour-Cohen Committee. The dean should be informed of the departmental action. Electronic dossiers must reach the Barbour-Cohen Committee by noon, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. They should be emailed to:
Attn: Barbour-Cohen Committee
c/o Ben Hofstetter, President's Office
- By tradition, individuals who have previously won these awards have been considered ineligible to win the same award a second time.
- Having won one of the awards does not preclude winning the other award.
- Individuals who were nominated in the past but did not win may be nominated again, but are encouraged to update their files. Please note: Dossier content requirements were updated in 2013, so nominees should consult the dossier format section on this site before submitting a dossier. (Nominations from previous years are not automatically carried over in the next year without new nominations.)
- Confidentiality should be observed at all stages; names of nominees sent to the Barbour-Cohen Committee should not be publicly divulged.
The electronic dossier must reach the committee in the President's Office (emailed to Ben Hofstetter, firstname.lastname@example.org) by noon, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
Suggested Criteria for the Award
Although there are no absolute criteria as to what constitutes the furtherance of good student-faculty relations, the following list is suggested.
Qualities Apt to be Exhibited by a Barbour Awardee:
- Demonstrates an involvement with students in and out of class.
- Demonstrates an involvement with student groups and activities, and has a history of doing so.
- Demonstrates a genuine concern about students' current and long-range development.
- Demonstrates a sensitivity to individual differences and to multicultural needs of students.
- Demonstrates a working knowledge of information related to advising, course requirements, registration, etc.
- Demonstrates a commitment to mentoring, even after the student graduates.
- Has the respect and trust of students and is genuinely concerned with individuals.
If the guidelines are not followed, the dossier will not be considered.
Summary of Deadlines
If the guidelines are not followed, the dossier will not be considered.
|Monday, Sept. 8, 2014:||Distribution of information on the awards|
|Friday, Oct. 10, 2014:||Emailed Nominations due to Ben Hofstetter, President's Office|
|Friday, Dec. 5, 2014:||Completed Electronic Dossiers emailed to Ben Hofstetter, President's Office|
|Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015:||Name of awardee sent to President, Provost and Chair of the Faculty|
|April 2015:||Faculty Awards Celebration at which the award is presented|
Note on Selection
The recipient’s selection is subject to a final verification by the Provost confirming the current good standing of the awardee.
If you have questions concerning the awards or the procedures, please contact:
Chair of the Barbour-Cohen Committee
UC E-mail: email@example.com