Nomination Forms

CANR FACULTY AWARDS

CANR Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award

  • $3,000 awarded biennially in odd-numbered years (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.)
  • For eminence in teaching, mentoring and advising
  • Deadline: Students, faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of odd-numbered years

CANR Excellence in Teaching and Advising

Deadline for Submissions: March 1 of odd-numbered years

Nomination form

The CANR Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years.  The award recognizes CANR faculty involved in teaching, mentoring and advising students.  Individuals may be nominated for teaching, advising, or both teaching and advising.

Nature of the Award

  • One award presented biennially in odd-numbered years (i.e. 2019, 2021, etc.).
  • For eminence in teaching, mentoring and advising.
  • Individuals may be nominated for teaching, advising, or both teaching and advising.
  • The awardee is recognized at the CANR Convocation Ceremony in May and receives:
    • $3,000
    • an award certificate
    • a brick engraved with their name to be placed in the Dunham Garden

Deadline: Students, faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of odd-numbered years.

Rules of Eligibility for the Award

  • Nominee must be a full-time CANR faculty member.
  • The nominee may teach either undergraduate or graduate students, or both.
  • Former recipients of the award are ineligible.

Process

  • Nominations open December 1 of even-numbered years and close March 1 of odd-numbered years.
  • Nominations are submitted online and should address the Criteria of Excellence.
  • Nominees are notified electronically and must submit a current CV within 7 days of notification.
  • The selection committee is appointed by the dean. The committee evaluates the nomination package (unsolicited nomination letters and the CV) against the rubric.
  • The award winner is notified electronically by May 1 and is recognized at the CANR Convocation Ceremony in odd-numbered years.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on criteria based on the UD Excellence in Teaching Award.

Criteria of Excellence

1.     Intellectually demanding and rigorous (10 points max)

  • is thought-provoking and intellectually demanding
  • relates course material to other fields, contemporary issues, student experiences

2.     Deeply committed to teaching and students (10 points max)

  • is enthusiastic about teaching
  • is conscientious, organized, and well-prepared for class
  • is concerned about individual students and their development
  • is readily available to students
  • has participated in or led professional growth opportunities
  • has served as a teaching mentor to other faculty and graduate students
  • has served on committees or working groups related to teaching and learning

3.     Communication with students and relaying of course content (10 points max)

  • provides clear expectations, relevant assignments, and ample feedback
  • presents material clearly, asks good questions, and adjusts strategies as necessary to facilitate understanding
  • engages students and stimulates participation
  • is open-minded, fair, and respectful of differences among students

4.     Has positive and lasting impact on students (10 points max)

  • inspires students to excel
  • promotes critical reading, thinking, and writing
  • produces more learning than in other courses
  • affects students’ educational and career goals and achievements5.     Engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (10 points max)
  • Through the writing of grants, peer-reviewed materials or textbooks, scholarly presentations, curriculum development and other creative activity related to teaching and learning

CANR Excellence in Research Award

  • $3,000 awarded biennially in even-numbered years (i.e. 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.)
  • For eminence in research quality, scientific leadership and mentoring, and service to science
  • Deadline: Students, faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of even-numbered years

Deadline for Submissions: March 1 of even-numbered years

Nomination form

Evaluation Criteria and Rubric

Purpose of the Award

The CANR Excellence in Research Award is awarded biennially in even-numbered years (i.e. 2018, 2020, etc.) The award recognizes individuals that are involved in research that involves the mentoring of graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, and/or junior faculty. The Evaluation Criteria serve as a guideline for developing the nomination and will be weighted equally in the selection process.

Nature of the Award

  • One award presented biennially in even-numbered years (i.e. 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.).
  • For eminence in research quality, scientific leadership and mentorship, and service to science.
  • The awardee is recognized at the CANR Convocation Ceremony in May and receives:
    • $3,000
    • an award certificate
    • a brick engraved with their name to be placed in the Dunham Garden
  • Deadline: Students, faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of even-numbered years.

Rules of Eligibility for the Award

  • Nominee must be a full-time CANR faculty member.
  • The nominee may mentor graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, and/or junior faculty.
  • Former recipients of the CANR Excellence in Research Award are ineligible.
  • Nominations must be voluntary.

Process

  • Nominations open December 1 of odd-numbered years and close March 1 of even-numbered years.
  • Nominations are submitted online and should address the Evaluation Criteria.
  • Nominees are notified electronically and must submit a current CV within 7 days of notification.
  • The selection committee is appointed by the dean. The committee evaluates the nomination package (unsolicited nomination letters and the CV) against the Evaluation Criteria/rubric.
  • The award winner is notified electronically by May 1 and is recognized at the CANR Convocation Ceremony in even-numbered years.

 

CANR STAFF AWARDS

CANR Excellence in Service Award (for Administrative Support Staff)

  • $2,000 presented biennially to in odd-numbered years (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.)Recognizes superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the goals of the department and CANR.
  • Deadline: Faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of odd-numbered years.

Deadline for Submissions: March 1 of odd-numbered years

Nomination form

The Excellence in Service Award originated in 2015 to recognize staff in administrative and research support roles. Recipients receive a monetary award of $2,000 presented each year at the College’s Convocation in May. A staff member in an administrative support role is recognized in odd-numbered years, and a staff member in a research support role is recognized in even-numbered years.

Nature of the Award

  • One award presented biennially to Administrative Support Staff in odd-numbered years  (i.e. 2019, 2021, etc.).
  • Recognizes individuals for superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the overall goals and objectives of their department and CANR.
  • The awardee is recognized at the CANR Convocation Ceremony in May and receives:
    • $2,000
    • an award certificate
    • a brick engraved with their name to be placed in the Dunham Garden
  • Deadline: Faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of odd-numbered years.

Rules of Eligibility for the Award

  • Nominee must be a full-time CANR staff member and have completed a minimum of three years employment in the college prior to the end of the March 1 deadline.
  • Former recipients of the CANR Excellence in Service Award are ineligible.
  • Nominations must be voluntary.
  • Nominations must include the supervisor’s endorsement.

Process  

  • All faculty and staff may submit nominations.
  • Include examples of nominee’s:
    • a. Superior work ethic;
    • b. Noteworthy performance;
    • c. Outstanding and meritorious service;
    • d. Positive impact(s) on the overall goals and objectives of the department and college.
  • The committee will accept a maximum of (5) letters of support**
  • Nominations may include input from several sources**
  • Submit only one nomination per nominee.
  • A selection committee appointed by the dean will review all nominations and notify the winner by May 1.
  • The selection committee must obtain the endorsement of the nominee’s supervisor.

CANR Excellence in Extension (for Cooperative Extension Professionals)

  • $2,000 awarded biennially in even-numbered years (i.e. 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.)
  • For excellence in Extension educational programming
  • Preliminary​ ​Nominations​ ​are​ ​due​ ​by​ ​December​ ​30 (odd-numbered years)

Deadline for Submissions: Preliminary​ ​Nominations​ ​are​ ​due​ ​by​ ​December​ ​30 (odd-numbered years)

Characteristics​ ​of​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension

The​ ​CANR​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​Award​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ECOP​ ​National​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension Award.​ ​The​ ​CANR​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​Award​ ​is​ ​presented​ ​in​ ​even​ ​years​ ​to​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​who has​ ​strived​ ​throughout​ ​his/her​ ​career​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​the​ ​benchmarks​ ​reflective​ ​of​ ​excellence​ ​in Extension​ ​educational​ ​programming.​ ​​ ​These​ ​include,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to,​ ​demonstration​ ​of high​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​programs;​ ​visionary​ ​leadership​ ​and​ ​anticipation​ ​of​ ​emerging​ ​issues​ ​for​ ​clientele and​ ​the​ ​system;​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​diversity;​ ​and​ ​integration​ ​of​ ​programs​ ​in​ ​partnerships​ ​with university​ ​colleagues​ ​and​ ​outside​ ​clientele.​ ​​ ​A​ ​successful​ ​award​ ​recipient​ ​should​ ​be​ ​recognized as​ ​a​ ​leader​ ​in​ ​the​ ​university​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the​ ​respective​ ​field​ ​of​ ​expertise.​ ​​ ​Awardees​ ​should demonstrate​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​garner​ ​a​ ​continual​ ​flow​ ​of​ ​resources​ ​for​ ​sustainable​ ​Extension programs,​ ​use​ ​innovative​ ​teaching​ ​methods​ ​and​ ​be​ ​recognized​ ​by​ ​peers​ ​and​ ​the​ ​communities served.

Eligibility

The​ ​nominee​ ​must​ ​be​ ​an​ ​active​ ​Cooperative​ ​Extension​ ​System​ ​professional​ ​(state,​ ​and/or county)​ ​with​ ​at​ ​least​ ​50​ ​percent​ ​FTE​ ​university​ ​appointment​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​(Administrative​ ​FTE >50%​ ​​ ​disqualify​ ​a​ ​nominee)​ ​The​ ​nominee​ ​demonstrates​ ​responsibility​ ​for​ ​Extension programming​ ​for​ ​ten​ ​concurrent​ ​years.​ ​​ ​Nominations​ ​may​ ​be​ ​submitted​ ​by​ ​a​ ​nominee, supervisor,​ ​or​ ​peer.​ ​Past​ ​recipients​ ​of​ ​the​ ​CANR​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​Award​ ​are​ ​ineligible​ ​for this​ ​award.

Nomination​ ​Process

1.​ ​​ ​Letter​ ​of​ ​nominations​ ​may​ ​be​ ​submitted​ ​by​ ​a​ ​nominee,​ ​supervisor,​ ​or​ ​peer.​ ​​ ​This​ ​nomination is​ ​a​ ​brief​ ​paragraph​ ​stating​ ​noteworthy​ ​performance​ ​of​ ​nominee​ ​and​ ​is​ ​submitted​ ​to​ ​identified member​ ​of​ ​Extension​ ​Leadership​ ​Team.

2.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Extension​ ​Leadership​ ​Team​ ​will​ ​select​ ​the​ ​nominees​ ​for​ ​full​ ​application.

3.​ ​​ ​Full​ ​application​ ​includes​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​nominee’s​ ​superior​ ​work​ ​ethic,​ ​noteworthy performance,​ ​outstanding​ ​and​ ​meritorious​ ​service,​ ​positive​ ​impacts​ ​on​ ​the​ ​overall​ ​goals​ ​and objectives​ ​of​ ​the​ ​department​ ​and​ ​college.​ ​​ ​Nominations​ ​could​ ​include​ ​input​ ​from​ ​several sources​ ​and​ ​all​ ​nominees​ ​must​ ​have​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​10​ ​concurrent​ ​years​ ​of​ ​Extension programming​ ​and​ ​employment​ ​in​ ​the​ ​college​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​application​ ​deadline.

4.​ ​​ ​A​ ​selection​ ​committee​ ​made​ ​up​ ​of​ ​Friends​ ​of​ ​Extension​ ​and​ ​retirees​ ​will​ ​be​ ​appointed​ ​by​ ​the Extension​ ​Director​ ​and​ ​will​ ​review​ ​full​ ​applications,​ ​and​ ​makes​ ​the​ ​selection.

Selection​ ​Criteria

1.​ ​Demonstrated​ ​high​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​programs;​ ​anticipated​ ​and​ ​responded​ ​to​ ​critical​ ​public​ ​needs with​ ​solutions​ ​on​ ​critical​ ​issues.​ ​​ ​Enhanced​ ​the​ ​public​ ​good​ ​indicated​ ​by​ ​economic,​ ​social​ ​and/or environmental​ ​impact.​ ​35%

2.​ ​​ ​Recognized​ ​excellence​ ​in​ ​one’s​ ​field​ ​of​ ​expertise​ ​as​ ​demonstrated​ ​by​ ​sustained​ ​external funding,​ ​awards,​ ​recognition,​ ​and​ ​request​ ​for​ ​regional/state/national​ ​addresses​ ​and​ ​speaking engagements,;​ ​and​ ​appropriate,​ ​peer​ ​reviewed​ ​publication​ ​of​ ​scholarly​ ​work,​ ​including​ ​journal articles.​ ​​ ​20%

3.​ ​Demonstrated​ ​innovation​ ​in​ ​partnerships,​ ​funding​ ​and​ ​educational​ ​program​ ​delivery.​ ​​ ​20%

4.​ ​Ability​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​university​ ​colleagues​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​programming​ ​with​ ​evidence​ ​of leadership,​ ​teamwork,​ ​and​ ​mentoring​ ​both​ ​within​ ​and​ ​outside​ ​Extension​ ​15%

5.​ ​Demonstrated​ ​conveyance​ ​of​ ​cultural​ ​competencies​ ​and​ ​appreciation​ ​for​ ​diversity.​ ​​ ​10%

 

Timeline

December​ ​of​ ​odd​ ​year​ ​award​ ​announced

Selection​ ​Committee​ ​appointed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Extension​ ​by​ ​January​ ​1

Preliminary​ ​Nominations​ ​are​ ​due​ ​by​ ​December​ ​30

Extension​ ​Leadership​ ​Team​ ​selects​ ​finalists​ ​for​ ​full​ ​application​ ​by​ ​January​ ​15

Full​ ​applications​ ​are​ ​due​ ​by​ ​February​ ​15

Selection​ ​committee​ ​will​ ​make​ ​their​ ​decision​ ​and​ ​notify​ ​the​ ​winners​ ​by​ ​March​ ​31

Awards​ ​presented​ ​at​ ​College​ ​Convocation​ ​in​ ​May

CANR Excellence in Service Award (for Research Support Staff)

  • $2,000 presented biennially in even-numbered years (i.e. 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.)
  • Recognizes superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the goals of the department and CANR.
  • Deadline: Faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of even-numbered years

Deadline for Submissions: March 1 of even-numbered years

Nomination form

The Excellence in Service Award originated in 2015 to recognize staff in administrative and research support roles. Recipients receive a monetary award of $2,000 presented each year at the College’s Convocation in May. A staff member in an administrative support role is recognized in odd-numbered years, and a staff member in a research support role is recognized in even-numbered years.

Nature of the Award

  • One award presented biennially to Research Support Staff in even-numbered years  (i.e. 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.).
  • Recognizes individuals for superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the overall goals and objectives of their department and CANR.
  • The awardee is recognized at the CANR Convocation Ceremony in May and receives:
    • $2,000
    • an award certificate
    • a brick engraved with their name to be placed in the Dunham Garden
  • Deadline: Faculty and staff submit nominations online by March 1 of even-numbered years.

Rules of Eligibility for the Award

  • Nominee must be a full-time CANR staff member and have completed a minimum of three years employment in the college prior to the end of the March 1 deadline.
  • Former recipients of the CANR Excellence in Service Award are ineligible.
  • Nominations must be voluntary.
  • Nominations must include the supervisor’s endorsement.

Process  

  • CANR faculty and staff may submit nominations.
  • Include examples of nominee’s:
    • a. Superior work ethic;
    • b. Noteworthy performance;
    • c. Outstanding and meritorious service;
    • d. Positive impact(s) on the overall goals and objectives of the department and college.
  • The committee will accept a maximum of (5) letters of support.
  • Nominations may include input from several sources.
  • Submit only one nomination per nominee.
  • A selection committee appointed by the dean will review all nominations and notify the winner by May 1.

The selection committee must obtain the endorsement of the nominee’s supervisor.

CANR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

CANR William J Benton Graduate Student Award

  • Two annual awards, $500 each, presented to two graduate students (one PhD and one MS)
  • For excellence in research and outstanding accomplishments and service to their profession
  • Deadline: the graduate student’s major advisor may submit nominations online by March 16

Deadline for Submissions: March 16

Nomination form

The William J. Benton Graduate Student Award was established in honor of Dr. William J. Benton, in recognition of his dedication to graduate education. Dr. Benton served the University as CANR Associate Dean of Research, Associate Director of the University of Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station, and Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. In these diverse roles, Dr. Benton’s commitment to graduate education and support of excellence in graduate student research were widely recognized and greatly appreciated by CANR faculty and graduate students.

The award is presented annually to two graduate students (one Ph.D. and one M.S.) who have achieved Dr. Benton’s high standards of graduate education. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) graduate students who have excelled in research and have an outstanding record of academic accomplishments and service to their profession are eligible for nomination. Award selection is based on student accomplishments during their current degree program, and does not include separate accomplishments in the field completed as employees or research professionals.

Nature of the Award

  • Two awards presented annually to one MS student and one PhD student.
  • Awardees are recognized at the CANR Convocation Ceremony in May and receive a plaque and $500.
  • Deadline: submit nominations online by March 16.

Rules of Eligibility & Process

  • Nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be in the final year of their graduate degree program
  • Eligible candidates cannot have already graduated from the University of Delaware
  • Complete the nomination form online and submit with all required materials:
    • Nomination letter from the Graduate Student’s Major Advisor which clearly indicates accomplishments associated with the student’s current degree program;
    • Graduate Student’s curriculum vitae;
    • Graduate Student’s unofficial UD transcript and the transcripts from the previous institutions where they were enrolled in a graduate program.
  • The award recipients will be selected by the CANR Research Advisory Committee
  • Awards will be presented by the Dean and Department Chair of the recipient at an event in May