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Academic Resources

Awards, Honors
and Opportunities
Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award

Eligibility

Any regularly enrolled undergraduate student is eligible upon nomination by a faculty member or staff member.

Format

Nominations minimally should consist of a letter of nomination and preliminary documentation of the specific effort that is being recognized.

Criteria

The purpose of these awards is to recognize extraordinary academic achievement beyond that required for good grades. Thus for instance a student-originated publication in the arts or sciences, a publication with major student input, presentation of research or creative endeavor at a professional conference, a literary work, an exceptional research report, the creation or performance of an artistic work, or the construction of a device or instrument could all be the basis for this award.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the nominations:
  • Originality
  • Extent of effort
  • Scholarly significance
  • Artistic merit/significance
Obviously only some of these criteria will apply to any given nomination. Furthermore the criteria will be refined as a specific history of nominations develops. It may be necessary, in certain cases, to seek additional help in evaluation from experts outside the committee.

Procedures

Upon receipt of a letter of nomination, the chair of the committee will distribute copies of the letter and supporting information to the committee members. Additional requests for back-up information and documentation will be made promptly.

All members of the committee will read the letters of nomination and supporting materials. The committee will meet no later than two weeks after the deadline for nominations to discuss its decision. The committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs. Upon approval of the Academic Affairs office, the committee will notify the recipient of the award and the nominating faculty member. The committee chair will write a commendation to be read to the student at the graduation ceremony and printed on the award certificate.

The awards will be presented at the Fall Commencement exercises.

Teaching Excellence Award

The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes superior teaching, innovative instructional practice, high educational standards, the creation of productive learning environments, and the ability to inspire and motivate students. Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University Community. Nominations are reviewed by the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Assessment Excellence Award

The Assessment Excellence Award is established to annually recognize a program which models the North Central Association's "culture of assessment" goal by integrating assessment fingings with program revisions. The recipient department will receive $5,000 and recognition on a plaque displayed in the lobby of Kresge Library.

Distinguished Professors

Upon recommendation of the President and Provost, the Board of Trustees may appoint individuals to the rank of distinguished professor for the duration of the individual's active service at Oakland, except for removal for cause, or distinguished professor emeritus. The appointment of individuals to distinguished professorships will be based on the criteria for professorships set forth in the document Oakland University Tenure and Promotion Statement, and, in addition, the rigorous application of one or more of the following criteria:
  • Preeminence in Scholarship 
  • Preeminence in Teaching 
  • Preeminence in Public or Professional Service

Phyllis Law Googasian Award

The Phyllis Law Googasian Award honors and recognizes women who have contributed to the advancement of women at Oakland University and beyond through distinguished leadership, scholarship, advocacy, mentoring, program development or other activities.

General Purpose

The Phyllis Law Googasian Award honors and recognizes women who have contributed to the advancement of women at Oakland University and beyond through distinguished leadership, scholarship, advocacy, mentoring, program development or other activities.

Eligible Nominees

Any member of the Oakland University faculty (including special instructors and lecturers), administrators, administrative professionals, and other staff members

Eligible Nominators

Nominations are welcome from any University employee

Nomination Form

Googasian Nomination Form

Googasian Award Committee Composition

The Committee shall be composed of current members of the ACE Network Steering Committee

Criteria for Selection
  1. The candidate shall have demonstrated significant contributions to the development of the status of women.
  2. The candidate shall have demonstrated exceptional leadership through professional accomplishments or notable scholarship
  3. The candidate must be able to attend the Award ceremony in person
  4. All nominees will be asked to provide documentation in support of their nomination
Selection Process
  1. Individual members of the Googasian Award Committee will rank nominees according to the above criteria. These rankings will be tabulated to identify the top candidates for consideration.
  2. At a meeting or meetings called by the Chair of the Googasian Award Committee, the Committee will discuss rankings and select a winner.
  3. There will be one winner per year.

Faculty Emeriti Professional Development Program

Emeriti professors continue to be involved in service activities and scholarly activities on behalf of Oakland University and we gratefully appreciate their valuable contributions. To assist and encourage the scholarly pursuits of our colleagues, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has established a fund to support travel to professional meetings. Up to five emeriti professors will be supported each year to travel to a conference or equivalent professional/scholarly function within their discipline, to either a) attend the meeting/function for the purpose of expanding their knowledge, or b) deliver a scholarly presentation based upon their past or current work. In both cases they will bring recognition to the University and offer the potential for sharing knowledge with current faculty and students.

Emeriti professors should submit a letter of interest to the Provost to request these funds. The letter should specify the name and dates of the meeting and specify if the purpose of the travel is to attend or to present. If it is to present, the title of the presentation should be provided.

Funding will be provided in the amount of up to $750 to colleagues who present at meetings and up to $500 to those who attend and participate. Receipts will be needed to process these payments.

Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis

Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient     Degree      Year
 Kishor Karki     Medical Physics 2010
 Adam K. Sniady Health and Environmental Chemistry 2009
 Betty Savel Kozma Educational Leadership 2008
 Deborah L. Janks Medical Physics 2007
 Mingkun Li Electrical Engineering 2006
 Deborah VanderLinde Blair Music Education 2006
   
 Outstanding Thesis Award Recipient Degree Year
 Jennifer Ann Laam     History 2009
 Noel Balzan     Mechanical Engineering 2008