WednesdayOctober 14, 2020

Nominations for House/Bruckmann award & Adjunct Excellence award are open

The nomination period for two faculty excellence awards is now open.

Nominations for the House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award and the newly-established Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award can be submitted until the end of February 2021 using online nomination forms.

Awards will be presented in Spring Semester of 2021.

  • The revised House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award process for full-time, tenured faculty was approved by the Faculty Senate in Spring Semester 2020.
     
  • Nominations can be made using the online form available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5F8LDNV.
     
  • The Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award was established by the Faculty Senate at the end of Summer Semester 2020.
     
  • The online form for nominations is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMDC9J6_Adjunct.

A nomination can be submitted using the applicable online form whenever evidence of excellence is noted.

House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award Process:

  • Two House/Bruckmann awards are presented annually. Any full-time, tenured faculty member may be nominated for the award. However, award recipients from the past 5 years are not eligible, and self-nominations are not accepted.
     
  • The nomination form asks respondents to comment on the nominee’s excellence related to up to 3 of the following 7 criteria:
    • Excellence in Instruction
    • Commitment to Student Success
    • Collaborative Spirit
    • Contributions to the College
    • Contributions to the Community
    • Professional Achievements
    • Other
  • The Faculty Senate will establish a House/Bruckmann Nominee Screening Subcommittee comprised of past award recipients during Fall Semester 2020.
     
  • Starting in March of 2021, the subcommittee will examine all nominations and designate 5 final nominees.
     
  • During Spring Semester 2021, the 5 nominees will be voted on by faculty and academic administrators to determine the 2 recipients of the House/Bruckmann Award.
     
  • Additional information about the revised award process is in the House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award Task Force Report (click to download).

Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award Process:

  • Up to 5 Adjunct Faculty Excellence Awards will be presented annually, starting in Spring Semester 2021, with no more than one recipient per division (BTD, EIT, HPS, H&S, and adjunct faculty not assigned to one of the other divisions).
     
  • Adjunct faculty who may be nominated for the award include those who work in a part-time capacity for the College in assignments that involve instruction, cooperative education coordination, clinical coordination, academic advising, or another faculty role.
     
  • Nominations can be made by full-time and part-time faculty, academic administrators and staff members, and students. Self-nominations are not permitted.
     
  • The nomination form asks respondents to comment on the nominee’s excellence related to up to 3 of the following 7 criteria:
    • Excellence in Instruction
    • Commitment to Student Success
    • Collaborative Spirit
    • Contributions to the College
    • Contributions to the Community
    • Professional Achievements
    • Other
  • Nominations will undergo a multi-step review process:
    • Starting in March 2021, all eligible nominations will be sent by the Faculty Excellence Committee (established by the Faculty Senate) to each nominee’s program or department chair for review.
       
    • All nominations supported by program or department chairs will be sent to the applicable administrator (dean or director) for review.
       
    • All nominations supported by both the program/department chair and the applicable administrator will be reviewed by the Faculty Excellence Committee.
       
    • Program/department chairs and administrators may choose to not forward any nominations from their division to the Faculty Excellence Committee.
       
    • If multiple nominees from a division are supported by the program/department chair and the administrator, the Faculty Excellence Committee will review the nomination documentation and seek additional feedback from the program/department chair and administrator to select a recipient for that division. 
  • Additional information about the revised award process is in the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award Task Force Report (click to download).

Background:

The revised House/Bruckmann awards process and the new Adjunct Faculty awards were adopted by Faculty Senate based on recommendations of the Faculty Excellence Task Force. The Senate established this Task Force in Fall 2019.

  • Task Force members were Tom Burns, Milene Donlin (Chair), Maya Franklin, Janelle McCord, Julie McLaughlin, Kathleen Pickens, Peggy Rolfsen, Janet Schlaak, and Geoffrey Woolf. 
     
  • The Task Force members reviewed best practices for faculty excellence awards before preparing their recommendations

The House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Awards were established in 1985 to recognize excellence in instruction and co-op/clinical coordination at the College.

  • The awards are named for Clifford R. House, the first president of Cincinnati Technical College, and Alice P. Bruckmann, a member of the College's first Board of Trustees.
     
  • In 1994, the award criteria were changed to facilitate recognition of varied faculty responsibilities, not limited to classroom instruction and co-op/clinical coordination.
     
  • Award selection procedures have been adjusted several times since the inception of the award.

The Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award will be presented for the first time in 2021.

Comments or questions about the House/Bruckmann Award or the Adjunct Award can be sent to Faculty Senate President Lesli Rice or any member of the Faculty Senate.

Faculty Forum on Oct. 19 promotes connections and shared learning

All full-time and adjunct faculty members are invited to the Faculty Forum, sponsored by the Faculty Senate, on Monday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. (Common Time) via Zoom.

  • This Faculty Senate Forum will focus on building community by sharing "lessons learned" as well as concerns from the past several months.
     
  • Zoom Breakout Rooms will be used to ensure that all participants have opportunities for robust conversations on topics of concern.

Goals of the Forum, in addition to sharing information, are to have fun, and get a chance to catch up with colleagues at a time when in-person interactions are limited.

Planned discussion topics include:

  • Maintaining connectivity with students and colleagues
  • Balancing accountability and empathy in virtual classrooms
  • Striving for work/life balance
  • Technology tips and tricks
  • Spring 2021 needs

Zoom meeting link: https://cincinnatistate-edu.zoom.us/j/81499032410?pwd=UzlSZURHNjgyTnhKa1k3Umx0bTFrZz09

  • Meeting ID: 814 9903 2410
  • Passcode: 452797

The purpose of all Faculty Senate Forums (virtual or otherwise) is to:

  • Facilitate conversation about faculty issues, ideas, and interests
  • Create a venue for meaningful sharing of ideas about important initiatives at Cincinnati State
  • Enable cross-divisional faculty connections

Webinar on Oct. 20 offers advice on leading online discussions

Many organizations are continuing to offer programs that may be of interest to Cincinnati State faculty and other members of the College community.

Harmonize/42Lines, a company that develops apps to assist higher education faculty, is offering a free webinar titled "Best Practices for Online Discussions" on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at noon (Eastern time)

Learning goals of the webinar include:

  • understanding critical elements that will help develop meaningful discussions with students regardless of their style, preference, or ability
  • learning how substantive feedback contributes to student success and retention

The webinar leader, Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, is the President of the U.S. Distance Learning Association, former Associate Provost of Educational Enhancement at the University of Texas, and author of Best Practice Guide for Online Discussions (distributed by Harmonize/42Lines).

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.

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