Writer: Hayden Coombs
The Distinguished Faculty Award honors veteran full-time faculty who have given outstanding service to BYU-Idaho. The award is presented to three to five members of the faculty every year at the annual all employee banquet. Nominations are made by fellow members of the faculty.
Sister Elaine Hawker, chair of the Best Practices Committee, said that, "It's important to tell each other that we've done a good job because we never know when a colleague may need that reinforcement of being told they've done a good job."
When nominating someone, please consider nominating those instructors who have shown a consistent effort to improve their teaching and learning, who are innovators in the classroom, and who demonstrate campus citizenship. They should have at least 10 years or more of service and be continually growing in the work they do.
Sister Hawker commented that, "This is a way for you to recognize a faculty member who may have mentored you when you first came or someone who has consistently helped you become a better teacher, or a better colleague, or even a better learner. That should be the person you nominate."
The deadline for this year's nominations is June 29th. From the pool of nominations, both past and present, the Best Practices Committee will then pick three to five nominees to receive the award. Each nominee will then be approved by the President's Council. If you have nominated someone in the past, you do not need to submit the same nomination again.
Sister Hawker stressed the importance of this award because, "we don't tell each other often enough that we've done a good job."To nominate a fellow faculty member, you can go to the BYU-Idaho Distinguished Faculty Award webpage, or simply follow this link.