Presidential Excellence Awards
This page last updated on: November 7, 2023
The Baruch College Faculty Handbook
From: Provost Linda Essig
The Presidential Excellence Awards Committees seek nominations for the Presidential Excellence Awards for Distinguished Scholarship, Distinguished Teaching, and Distinguished Service. All full-time faculty members who are in their fourth year or beyond at Baruch, with the exception of Distinguished Professors and Distinguished Lecturers, are eligible for these awards. Adjunct members of the faculty who have taught for a minimum of six semesters at Baruch (i.e., in their seventh semester or beyond) are eligible for the Distinguished Teaching Award (Adjunct Faculty). Faculty who have received Presidential Awards are only eligible for another award in the same category after ten years have passed.
Letters of nomination are welcome from any source within the Baruch community, including students, chairpersons, colleagues, staff members, deans, and departmental executive committees. Self-nominations are not accepted. Letters of nomination should reference the values and priorities of the Baruch College Strategic Plan: 2023-2028, as described below.
For the scholarship award, the letters of nomination should attest to the candidate’s excellent, innovative, and high-impact research, scholarship, and creative work, from the past five years, and its impact locally and globally.
For the teaching award, for both full-time faculty and the adjunct category, the nomination should describe the candidate’s outstanding achievements in instruction including evidence of excellent, accessible, and inclusive pedagogy.
For the service award, the nomination should include a description of the candidate’s outstanding service, distinct from teaching and scholarship, citing evidence of the candidate’s cultivation of a respectful and collaborative campus culture in which students, staff, and faculty feel a sense of belonging and connectedness.
Nominees will be contacted for the supporting materials needed by the Awards Committees. The three Awards Committees will be headed by the three deans and include previous winners.
About the Presidential Excellence Awards
(for the nominees)
Established in 1978 and maintained by grants from the Baruch College Fund, the Presidential Excellence Awards are given to faculty members to stimulate and reward outstanding achievement and to enhance the College as a center of excellence. The awards are made by the President, acting on the recommendation of the Awards Committees. The recipient receives an honorarium and a certificate, and the names of all recipients are inscribed on plaques that are prominently displayed on the 14th floor of the Newman Vertical Campus.
The Distinguished Scholarship Award recognizes the outstanding and distinctive achievements of fulltime faculty in written scholarship as well as creative activity during the preceding five years. Written Scholarship encompasses, but is not limited to, publication of books, monographs, articles, and the like published in the past three years; Creative Activity encompasses, but is not limited to, distinguished achievement in the fine or performing arts such as exhibitions, performances, media production, creative or journalistic writing, and the like during the past three years.
The Distinguished Teaching Award (full-time faculty) and The Distinguished Teaching Award (adjunct faculty) recognize members of the full-time and adjunct faculties whose outstanding pedagogical ability, commitment to teaching, and achievements in teaching are making a positive impact on the quality of instruction and student life at the College.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes full-time faculty whose service, distinct from teaching and scholarship, is improving the quality of the Baruch community through leadership of College activities; in developing resources for the College; extraordinary or unique contributions to shared governance; leadership in program development and enhancement; and/or in connecting the College to relevant external communities.
Submissions of materials for all three award categories will be accepted in electronic form only.
Questions? Please email any questions regarding the Presidential Excellence Awards to Vanessa Cano at firstname.lastname@example.org.