Exemplary Department Award

Contact: Keisha Love, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives, 513-556-4381 or Keisha.Love@uc.edu

Academic Writing Center

Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2018 Winner

The Provost Exemplary Department Award recognizes the work of departments that maintain exemplary environments for faculty and students. With this award, the University publicly honors the collaborative efforts and successes of a group of dedicated colleagues actively performing work that is essential for sustaining an excellent academic environment. This year, the Office of the Provost will award a total of $25,000 to an exemplary department.


Award Overview and Theme

Each year the Exemplary Department Award focuses on a different theme. The Office of the Provost will recognize departments that demonstrate excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate student mentoring this year. Effective mentoring helps promote academic excellence and can have a positive impact on students in other facets of their lives. Departments that demonstrate a strategic approach to mentoring that is innovative and inclusive are particularly encouraged to apply.



Academic departments that house undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs are eligible to apply.  



Applications are due by February 15, 2019. A review committee consisting of administrators in the Office of the Provost will review applications and select a recipient. Departments must expend funds by February 15, 2020; a final report detailing the outcomes of the award project and an account of how funds were spent is due March 1, 2020.  

Nomination Materials

Applications must include the following information and be submitted to Keisha Love as a single PDF or Word document:

  1. A letter of application that addresses the four following areas (10-page maximum):
    • Describes the mentoring strategy/program, including an explanation of innovative and inclusive practices;
    • Describes the effectiveness of the mentoring strategy/program. Effectiveness can be demonstrated through a variety of means such as highlighting student achievements or honors;
    • Outlines goals and objectives related to the mentoring strategy/program and explains how funds from the Provost Exemplary Department Award will support the identified goals and objectives;
    • Outlines a plan for the sustainability of the mentoring strategy/program beyond the funding period;
    • A 1-page budget outline.
  2. Three to five letters of support from students, administrators, external agencies/partners, professional organizations and/or others who can speak to the effectiveness of the student mentoring in the department. 
  3. [Optional] Supporting documentation for items addressed in the application letter.

Please direct questions to Keisha Love (513-556-7013), Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives 

View past themes and recipients of the Provost Exemplary Department Award