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Wang Family Excellence Awards Procedures

Definition: This document outlines CSUSM’s process for participation in the CSU Chancellor’s Office’s statewide Wang Family Excellence Awards. It provides CSUSM’s Faculty Awards Selection Committee (FASC) procedure for selecting campus faculty to be considered by the CSUSM President as nominees at the statewide level.
Authority: President of the University.
Scope: CSUSM Faculty. (It is noted the Wang Family Excellence Awards are periodic in nature, and are available when directed by the Chancellor’s Office. This procedural document is to be left in place during years when the awards are not offered, in anticipation of future nominating opportunities.)
Responsible Division: Academic Affairs
Approval Date: 07/31/2015
Originally Implemented: 07/31/2015
Signature Page/PDF: View Signatures for Wang Family Excellence Awards Procedures Policy


Procedure

I. INFORMATION ON THE AWARD

The purpose of the Wang Family Excellence Award is to recognize and celebrate those CSU faculty members who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines, while having a discernable effect on students. The Chancellor’s Office shared these comments from previous CSU selection committees:

  • A Wang nominee should be regarded as a “superstar” on the campus.
  • Nominees should be making multi-faceted contributions to the learning community, such as involving students in their research, arranging and supervising student internships, involving students in community service, recruiting students, and publishing.

Each campus may nominate up to four tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Awardees are selected by a CSU selection committee. Trustee Wang’s gift of $300,000 to the California State University will be awarded in the amount of $20,000 to each of four faculty members and one staff member annually for three years.

II. THE CSU SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Wang Family Excellence Award Selection Committee will be appointed by the Chancellor in consultation with Trustee Emeritus Wang. Members of the committee will include: (1) two members of the Board of the Trustees, (2) Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, (3) Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, (4) Chair of the CSU System-wide Academic Senate, and (5) a CSU tenured faculty member previously recognized by the Board of Trustees for outstanding accomplishments. Trustee Emeritus Wang may serve as an advisor to the committee.

III. ELIGIBILITY

Faculty members nominated for the award must have participated successfully in a campus peer-academic administrative review process such as the reappointment, tenure, and promotion or faculty merit award of teaching, research or scholarship grant processes, no earlier than the 2010-11 academic year. Those faculty who have not been reviewed will be referred to the campus awards committee for prescreening. Although a CSU president may elect not to nominate four faculty members, no more than one faculty member from each of the disciplines cited above may be nominated.

Previous Wang Family Excellence Award recipients are not eligible for a subsequent nomination.

IV. NOMINATION PROCESS

Each campus president annually may nominate for consideration by the Wang Award Committee one probationary or tenured faculty member from each of the following academic discipline groupings as delineated in “Attachment A”:

  • Visual and Performing Arts and Letters;
  • Natural Sciences, Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering;
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service; and
  • Education, and Professional and Applied Sciences.

V. NOMINATION PACKAGE TO BE SUBMITTED TO CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE

For each faculty nominee, the nomination package will include:

  • The president’s cover letter, not to exceed two (2) pages;
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae;

Additional documentation of no more than five (5) single spaced, single-sided pages, where nominees may display examples of their individuality and excellence, including feedback or evidence of impact on students (e.g. quotes from students); and,

  • A high quality, professionally-shot, full color photograph.
  • Submissions will be accepted online only.

VI. CRITERIA USED BY CSU SELECTION COMMITTEE

  • Awards will be made to those who have made truly remarkable contributions to the advancement of their respective universities and/or the CSU system.
  • Nominees should have a demonstrated record of unusually meritorious achievements documented by evidence of superior accomplishments and contributions to the discipline or achievements in an assignment.
  • The activities must advance the mission of the university, bring benefit and credit to the CSU, and contribute to the enhancement of the CSU’s excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarly pursuits, student support and community contributions.
  • Previous Wang Family Excellence Award recipients are not eligible for a subsequent nomination.
  • Nominations may be made by faculty, academic administrators, alumni, and/or students. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • The nominator shall obtain the permission of the nominee before submitting the nomination letter.
  • All nominees who consent to the nomination will be directed by the Academic Senate office to complete a dossier to be evaluated by the Faculty Awards Selection Committee.
  • Nomination letter shall address how the nominee meets the criteria (500 words maximum). The nomination letter should provide concrete examples of the Candidate’s contributions.

VII. NOMINATIONS AT CSUSM

  • Nominations may be made by faculty, academic administrators, alumni, and/or students. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • The nominator shall obtain the permission of the nominee before submitting the nomination letter.
  • All nominees who consent to the nomination will be directed by the Academic Senate office to complete a dossier to be evaluated by the Faculty Awards Selection Committee.
  • Nomination letter shall address how the nominee meets the criteria (500 words maximum). The nomination letter should provide concrete examples of the Candidate’s contributions.

VIII. CRITERIA TO BE USED BY CSUSM FACULTY AWARDS SELECTION COMMITTEE

  • The Faculty Awards Selection Committee will review the nomination letter, the Candidate’s 5-page statement, and CV.
  • The Candidate will have made truly outstanding contributions to the advancement of the CSUSM learning community.
  • The Candidate will have a demonstrated record of unusually meritorious achievements documented by evidence of superior accomplishments and contributions to the discipline or achievements in an assignment.
  • The Candidate’s activities must have advanced the mission of CSUSM and the CSU, bring benefit and credit to CSUSM and the CSU, and contribute to the enhancement of the CSU’s excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarly pursuits, student support and community contributions.

IX. CSUSM TIMETABLE

  • Spring: Call for candidates for the Faculty Awards Selection Committee (FASC).  FASC Committee members are chosen as part of the Academic Senate election process.
  • First week of April: Distribution of information the Wang Family Excellence Awards, the CSUSM timeline, and the nomination process by the Academic Senate.
  • Third week of May: Last Day to nominate for the Wang Family Excellence Award. Nominations due in the Academic Senate Office no later than the last day of the semester.
  • First week of June: Acceptance letters due in Academic Senate office from Wang Family Excellence Award nominees.
  • Summer:  Preparation of Wang Family Excellence Award nominee Dossiers.
  • Third week September: Dossiers due in Academic Senate office.  Dossier should include the following:
    1.  Nomination Letter
    2.  Complete Curriculum vitae.
    3.  Up to five (5) single spaced, single-sided pages, where nominees may display examples of their individuality and excellence. This should include feedback or evidence of impact on students; to this end, quotes from students would be appropriate.
  • Second week October: Recommendation for the Wang Family Excellence recipient(s) due to the president.
  • Fourth week October:  President informs campus community of Wang Family Excellence Award nominees.  (Subject to change; to be changed, as needed, to ensure deadline to upload documents to Chancellor’s Office may be met, per yearly directive from CSU Chancellor’s Office.)
  • Nominations with supporting documentation should be uploaded at website provided by Chancellor’s Office with deadline set annually by the CSU President (before each Winter Break).
  • Statewide Winner notifications will take place as scheduled annually by the CSU President, with presentation of the annual awards expected at the January meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Attachment A.  Academic Discipline Grouping for Wang Award

Visual and Performing Arts and Letters

Art, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance

Foreign Languages

English, Comparative Literature

Classics

Humanities

Linguistics, Speech Communication

Philosophy, Religious Studies

Natural Sciences, Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering

Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Microbiology, Genetics, Toxicology Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Earth Science, Meteorology, Oceanography

Mathematics, Statistics

Computer Science, Information Systems

all forms of Engineering

Environmental Science

Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service

Psychology, Human Development

Public Administration, Recreation Administration

Social Work, Gerontology

Deaf Studies

Criminal Justice/Criminology

Anthropology, Archeology

Economics

History

Geography

Political Science, International Relations

Sociology

Ethnic Studies (including Asian American Studies, African American Studies, Native American Studies, Mexican-American/Chicano/Latino Studies)

Urban Studies

Labor Studies

Cultural Resources Management 

Area Studies (including American Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, etc.),

Women's Studies

Education, and Professional and Applied Sciences

Professional Preparation of Teachers, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership/Administration, Special Education

Speech Pathology and Audiology/Communicative Disorders

Library and Information Science

Counseling

Kinesiology/Physical Education

Industrial Arts, Industrial Technology

Agriculture, Agronomy, Soil Science, Animal Science, Horticulture

Dietetics/Nutritional Science, Forestry, Natural Resources Management,

Architecture, Environmental Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture,

Urban/Rural/Regional Planning,

Business (including Accounting, Marketing, Management, Finance, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, etc.),

Public Relations, Journalism, Mass Communication, Radio-TV-Film, Advertising

Health Science, Nursing, Health Care Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Genetic Counseling, Biomedical Clinical Science, Radiological Health Physics,

Family and Consumer Sciences, Child Development, Apparel Merchandising and Management,

Marine Transportation

Fire Protection Administration