As the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year institution, the California State University endeavors to be a national leader for providing affordable degree opportunities for students from all backgrounds. On every CSU campus, outstanding faculty are leading the way, redesigning courses, applying innovative teaching practices, and more effectively using data to address equity gaps.
With generous support from Foundation partners, the Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award recognizes the vitally important role that faculty play in providing high-quality instruction and their commitment to student success. This systemwide award recognizes faculty who are implementing innovative practices that significantly improve learning and course outcomes. The award also acknowledges faculty who have demonstrated leadership at the department, college, or university level to improve student success and outcomes in courses with traditionally low success rates or persistent equity gaps.
Tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty and lecturers from all disciplines are eligible for this award.
Recipients must demonstrate innovative teaching practices, course design, redesign, or the development of exemplary supplemental support programs to promote student success. Consideration will also be given to faculty who demonstrate extraordinary leadership to advance student success.
Faculty leadership activity should be intended to institutionalize or expand innovative practices. Leadership activity can also be associated with effective department, college or campus changes that improve student outcomes.
Eligible candidates must provide defensible evidence associated with outcome improvements and/or clearly demonstrate the positive impacts of targeted innovation or leadership efforts. Emphasis will be placed on exemplary efforts and a continuous record of innovation to promote student success. Innovation and leadership achievements must be associated with improvements in student outcomes.
Faculty who have previously been awarded or nominated for other campus or systemwide awards are eligible for nomination with one exception: Wang Family Excellence Award recipients will be ineligible for two award cycles, the year the Wang Award is received and the following year.
The Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award selection committee will be chaired by a CSU faculty member. Minimally, members of the committee will include
If the committee expands due to workload, faculty shall remain the majority. The committee shall remain proportional to its original composition. In the first year of this award program, the selection committee will consider a campus-level review process for subsequent years.
For questions, please contact Dr. James T. Minor at
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