University College Awards

University College and the Office of General Education will honor faculty, staff, and students nominated for one or more of the nine distinguished University College Awards. 

Important dates: Nomination deadline - February 9, 2021; Nominee packet submission deadline, February 23, 2021

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Award categories:

Wayne D. Duncan Appalachian State University Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship

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An award of approximately $4500 will be granted to a full-time faculty member at Appalachian State University in recognition of innovative and successful teaching in the general education program. The fellowship may be used for travel, equipment, or other approved purposes for enhancement of the faculty member's teaching and/or scholarship or creative activity. The award was established by First Citizens Bank in honor of Wayne D. Duncan. He is the past chairman of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and past chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors where he now serves as an Emeritus member. 

Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching (NTT)

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The award will be given to a part-time or full-time faculty member who is not on the tenure track at Appalachian in recognition of innovative and committed teaching in the General Education Program. The award comes with a $1000 stipend that may be used for travel, equipment, or other approved purposes for enhancement of the faculty member’s teaching and/or scholarship or creative activity.

Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar

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The Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar honors a First Year Seminar instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made an impact on students' lives in the First Year Seminar classroom.  It includes a $500 stipend.

Examples of Outstanding Teaching in FYS may include:

  -Enthusiasm in the classroom.
  -Evidence of innovation in pedagogy
  -Creation of a safe and open space in the classroom where students are free to take intellectual risks and form meaningful relationships.
  -Demonstrated competence and expertise in the subject matter of the course. 
  -Connection of learning in the classroom to the life of the broader community.

Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award

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This award is given to a full-time Appalachian State University employee who has contributed significantly to improving the freshman experience on our campus.  A modest stipend is included.  Faculty, staff, and administrators with sustained contributions to the freshman experience over at least a three-year period are eligible for consideration. Nominators should consider persons who have demonstrated extraordinary personal commitment to freshmen, have provided effective classroom instruction to freshman classes, have shown dedication to programs that have supported and served freshmen, or have repeatedly exhibited exceptional individual commitment to freshman success.

Excellence in University College Student Advising  

Excellence in advising is an integral component of the mission of University College. University College offers advising services to help students understand the curricular components and intellectual goals of the General Education Curriculum as well as major requirements.  Effective advising includes assisting students in selecting appropriate and fulfilling General Education courses, understanding the complexities of academic planning and major selection, and developing ownership of their academic careers. The purpose of the Excellence in University College Student Advising Award is to recognize superior performance by a University College advisor.  The award includes a $300 stipend.

Excellence in General Education Student Mentoring  

Excellence in student mentoring is an integral component of the mission of University College and General Education at Appalachian State University.   Effective mentoring includes promoting and fostering student learning, development and self-authorship.  Such mentors equip, guide and teach students, helping them to learn, grow and develop as critical, creative thinkers and responsible, informed world citizens, often outside of the regular classroom environment.  The purpose of the Excellence in Student Mentoring Award is to recognize superior mentoring performance by General Education instructors and University College staff.  The award includes a $300 stipend.

Excellence in Community Engagement

Community engagement is an integral component of University College’s mission.  Community engagement in University College includes faculty and staff whose activities promote the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.  The purpose of the University College Award for Excellence in Community Engagement is to provide recognition of outstanding accomplishments in community engagement and/or outreach activities by a faculty or staff member.  The award includes a $300 stipend.

APortfolio Award for Excellence in Teaching

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This award recognizes a faculty member who has effectively integrated the use of Digication ePortfolios into his/her instructional program for purposes of assessing, showcasing, and encouraging reflection on students' work.  The award is open to any member of the Appalachian State University faculty who has used Aportfolios in his/her course or degree program. The faculty member should be able to demonstrate the ways in which he or she has integrated e-portfolios into the instructional process.  The award includes a $300 stipend. For information on how to apply for this award see:

Transfer Champion Award  

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This award recognizes a faculty, staff, or administrator who has demonstrated exceptional advocacy and leadership in the development and implementation of transfer-focused activities (e.g., programs, policies, research) that have made a significant contribution to the improvement of transfer student access, persistence, and success.  Transfer students represent approximately one-third of all new students as well as graduates of Appalachian. These students are traditional, non-traditional, military veterans, parents, full-time workers, part-time and full-time students, main campus and Distance Education students. The support by faculty and staff during their transition and tenure at Appalachian is critical as they navigate a new institution, integrate into a new community of friends and support systems, and achieve academic and leadership success. The recipient each year receives a $300 stipend.