Faculty Reward & Recognition
Nominate an outstanding SWCC faculty member for a Reward or Recognition!
The Faculty Recognition Program consists of three awards systems:
- The Annual Faculty Recognition Awards - All full-time teaching faculty members are eligible for nomination for the Annual Faculty Recognition Awards.
- Learning Environment Awards - Full-Time faculty, clinical and adjunct faculty are eligible to be nominated for the Learning Environment Awards.
- Outstanding Adjunct or Clinical Faculty Recognition Award - Adjunct and full-time clinical faculty are eligible for the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award.
1. The Annual Faculty Recognition Awards
Each year, the college presents a series of Faculty Recognition Awards to full-time teaching faculty who have been nominated and selected for exemplary achievements, contributions or activities in the areas of Teaching, Scholarly and Creative engagement, Institutional Responsibility, and/or Service. Students may nominate a full-time faculty member by selecting the Student's Choice Award.
Awarded to a member of the full-time teaching faculty whose performance in the classroom or other instructional environment best exemplifies effectiveness in promoting student achievement, including:
- conducting extraordinary or innovative learning activities to the benefit of students
- designing instructional materials to improve student learning
- developing delivery modalities that expand student access and/or
demonstrating exceptional achievement of student learning outcomes
Awarded to a member of the full-time teaching faculty who has achieved a significant academic scholarly accomplishment through research, publishing, and/or professional presentations, or who has achieved a significant creative works accomplishment, including:
- research in the teaching discipline, instructional pedagogy, or instructional technology
- publication in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, or other recognized media
- production or public exposition of creative works in visual arts, performing arts, musical, arts, literary arts, or other fine arts
- presentation and/or major speech at professional organizations or events and/or
- honors, awards, or recognition from professional organizations
Awarded to a member of the full-time teaching faculty who has achieved a major accomplishment of significant or world-class quality that furthers the college's achievement of its strategic priorities, including:
- providing leadership for a major strategic initiative
- chairing a committee or task force that leads to a significant improvement in student success, business processes, or instructional quality and/or
- singly or jointly achieving a major accomplishment of significant or world-class quality that supports the VCCS strategic plan.
Awarded to a member of the full-time teaching faculty members who has greatly impacted the college's image through community service and/or involvement, including:
- involvement in a community event such as charity fund raisers, events to foster diversity awareness, or other events designed to benefit the local community
- volunteerism at a local community agency, school, or church and/or
- service on the board of a local community service agency
Awarded to a member of the full-time teaching faculty who demonstrates a high level of enthusiasm and commitment to helping our college celebrate the richness of different cultures and diversity, including:
- displaying an enthusiasm for the different cultures represented throughout our college campuses
- striving to create enthusiasm and a positive attitude in others towards celebrating differences in culture and/or
- conducting activities or events that are designed to enrich multiculturalism and diversity at our college
Awarded annually to a member of the full-time teaching faculty who demonstrates leadership and commitment to the college, including:
- leadership and commitment to a strategic initiative
- leadership and commitment to a special project
- leadership and commitment to an organization unit and/or
- leadership and commitment to a college committee
Students must choose this option when submitting their nomination
- The candidate should have good results from the student opinion of instruction, good administrative performance, and/or service to community or campus.
An individual or group of individuals who wish(es) to nominate a faculty member for an Annual Faculty Recognition Award may do so at any time throughout the year.
- Download and complete the Annual Faculty Recognition Award Nomination Form and submit to the Faculty Reward and Recognition Committee
- Complete the online Annual Faculty Recognition Award Nomination Form.
2. The Learning Environment Awards Program
The college is committed to providing an invigorating learning environment for its students, faculty, and staff. To this end, the college has established the Learning Environment Awards Program as a means of recognizing, on an ongoing basis, extraordinary and exemplary contributions to the learning environment by teaching faculty in one or more of the following areas: Teaching, Scholarly and Creative Engagement, Institutional Responsibility, and Service to the College or the Community.
An individual or group of individuals who wish(es) to recommend a faculty member can do so at any time.
- Download and submit a completed Learning Environment Award Nomination Form (pdf) to the Faculty Reward and Recognition Committee
- Submit through the online Learning Environment Nomination Form.
3. Outstanding Adjunct or Clinical Faculty Recognition Award
Each year, the college presents an award for the Outstanding Adjunct or Clinical Faculty Recognition Award
An individual or group of individuals who wish(es) to nominate a faculty member for an Outstanding Adjunct or Clinical Faculty Recognition Award may do so at any time.
- Download and complete the Outstanding Adjunct or Clinical Faculty Recognition Award Nomination Form and submit to the Outstanding Adjunct or Clinical Faculty Recognition Award Committee
- Complete the online Outstanding Adjunct or Clinical Faculty Recognition Award.