REMINDER: 2023-2024 MAC Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success Nominations

December 19, 2023

Overview of the MAC Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success

The 2023-2024 academic year represents the fifth year of the Mid-American Conference Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. This first of its kind award will recognize one full-time faculty member nominee from each MAC institution that has demonstrated a dedication to student success and will honor one nominee that has gone above and beyond in their dedication to student success as the winner of the Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success.  On an annual basis, the selection committee will review the nominees. Each year, the winner will be announced during the MAC Basketball Championship and will be invited to attend the MAC Honors Dinner, along with one guest.

Nomination Eligibility/Criteria

1. Each MAC full member university will have the opportunity to submit one (1) nominee for this award on an annual basis.
2. Nominations from each university must be signed by the school’s Provost (or his/her selected designee).
3. Each nominee must be a full-time faculty member engaged with undergraduate and/or graduate students and demonstrate commitment to the following criteria:

Student Success      

      • Demonstration of commitment to student success and lifelong learning
      • Demonstration of predominantly outward focus on student success, rather than inward focus on personal teaching/research success
      • Demonstration of a commitment to student support and development
      • Demonstration of enhancements to the student experience (curricular and co-curricular)
      • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, scholarship, and creative activities


      • Develop mentor support of an inclusive environment/culture
      • Demonstration of a commitment to inclusion
      • Active participation in the promotion and educational awareness of inclusion 

Appreciation for the MAC Core Values including:

      • Academic Achievement
      • Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity
      • Fiscal Responsibility
      • Integrity
      • Sportsmanship
      • Student-Athlete Well-Being

Nomination Submission Guidelines

To submit a nomination, please adhere to the following guidelines.

Nominations should include the following: 

  • 500-word statement from nominee addressing the criteria
  • A current vita – limit 3 pages including the most relevant information/experience related to the award criteria
  • Three letters of support
    • At least one letter must be from a student
    • At least one letter must be from a Dean or Chair/Director
  • Professional headshot and a 250-word bio (for public release)

Submit your nomination(s) to Thalia Mulvihill, Ph.D., Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow Professor of Higher Education & Social Foundations, at no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 22, 2024.

Award Announcement Timeline

Award nominations will be reviewed by the MAC selection committee and winners will be announced in conjunction with the MAC Basketball Championship in March 2024 and recognized at the MAC Honors Dinner in June 2024.

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