George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations


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. The George Barbour Award focuses on mentoring and good faculty-student relations. The Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award focuses on excellence in teaching. Nominees must be in at least the seventh year of full-time teaching at the University of Cincinnati.

Nominations: Step 1

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. 5, 2018 (please use browser such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome; the form does not work with Firefox). Once the initial nomination deadline has been reached, the President's Office will inform the nominee and the nominee's department of the nomination so that they can assemble the electronic dossier required for the nomination to go forward to Step 3 and 4.  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 in Step 2 & 3)) sent later will provide full documentation of the nomination.

Department Action: Step 2

As soon as the nominations are received, a process should be initiated to collect and organize supporting data in the form of an electronic dossier. The nominee(s) may participate in this process. Students shall be part of this process also and departments may also be involved.

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 the Cohen Award and the Barbour Award, the nominee must choose the award for which he/she wishes to be considered.

Electronic Dossier Content & Format: Step 3

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.

  1. the department head and/or college dean cover letter

  2. the student/alumnus(a) nominating letter(s)/form(s)

  3. In addition to items 1 and 2, no more than 25 numbered pages containing:
    1. 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.
    2. an abbreviated personal vita, stating past and current faculty status not to exceed 3 pages
    3. a list (not necessarily complete) of courses taught at UC.
    4. a summary of numerical and/or written class evaluations (optional for the Barbour Award).
    5. quotations (not paraphrases) from student letters/comments with examples of at least 3 and not more than 5 complete letters.
    6. quotations (not paraphrases) from peer letters/comments with examples of at least 3 complete and not more than 5 letters.
    7. any additional evidence felt important, e.g. involvement with students outside of class or with student groups, publications related to teaching, etc.
  4. 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.


Please Note

  1. 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.
  2. The 25 pages referred to in #3 must be numbered.
  3. Dates should be included on letters whenever possible.
  4. Evaluations from students and peers outside the nominee's area are useful.
  5. The criteria and dossier format are firm. All items must be assembled into one complete submission per nominee, including all information listed above.

Electronic Dossier Submission: Step 4

The electronic dossiers should be submitted via the online form. The dean should be informed of the departmental action. Electronic dossiers must reach the Barbour-Cohen Committee by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 via the online form.

Additional Considerations

  1. By tradition, individuals who have previously won these awards have been considered ineligible to win the same award a second time.
  2. Having won one of the awards does not preclude winning the other award.
  3. Individuals who were nominated in the past but did not win may be nominated again, but are encouraged to update their files.  (Nominations from previous years are not automatically carried over in the next year without new nominations.)
  4. Confidentiality should be observed at all stages; names of nominees sent to the Barbour-Cohen Committee should not be publicly divulged.


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:

  1. Demonstrates an involvement with students in and out of class.
  2. Demonstrates an involvement with student groups and activities, and has a history of doing so.
  3. Demonstrates a genuine concern about students' current and long-range development.
  4. Demonstrates a sensitivity to individual differences and to multicultural needs of students.
  5. Demonstrates a working knowledge of information related to advising, course requirements, registration, etc.
  6. Demonstrates a commitment to mentoring, even after the student graduates.
  7. Has the respect and trust of students and is genuinely concerned with individuals.

Summary of Deadlines

If the guidelines are not followed, the dossier will not be considered.

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018: Distribution of information on the awards
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018: Emailed Nominations due to Marianne Kunnen-Jones, President's Office
Monday, Dec. 3, 2018: Completed Electronic Dossiers emailed to Marianne Kunnen-Jones, President's Office
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019: Name of awardee sent to President, Provost and Chair of the Faculty
Spring 2019: Faculty Awards Celebration at which the award is presented



Ruth Seiple
Barbour-Cohen Awards Selection Committee
Professor, Operations & Business Analytics
(513) 556-7155


Note on Selection

The recipient’s selection is subject to a final verification by the Provost confirming the current good standing of the awardee.