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Adjunct of the Year Award Criteria and Process

I. Purpose 

The purpose of the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award is to honor adjunct faculty members at Boise State University who are demonstrating excellence in teaching. The award will be given annually. 

II. Eligibility 

Any adjunct faculty member teaching in the current academic year who meets these criteria are eligible for this award: 

  • has held an appointment at Boise State for at least three semesters (sequentially or non-sequentially) prior to the current semester and 
  • has taught at least nine credits at Boise State. 

III. Nominations

Letter of nomination and CV

A nomination will consist of a letter, written by the nominee’s chair, a colleague of the nominee (including a fellow adjunct faculty member), or the nominee themselves, detailing the nominee’s teaching excellence. Included in the letter should be a narrative summary of how the nominee uses student/peer/self-feedback in a process of continuous improvement, as well as a description of how they use Evidence-Based Instructional Practices (EBIPs) and/or student engagement techniques to support student success. Optionally, the letter may also include information about the nominee’s participation in faculty development opportunities (for example, workshops offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning or eCampus Center) and/or sharing of pedagogical knowledge through presentations, workshops, publishing, etc. The letter will be accompanied by the nominee’s CV. You may use the suggested nomination form; however, this is not required. Send nomination materials to

Additional Materials for Finalists 

A subcommittee will review the nominations and invite a group (of no more than five) finalists to submit further evidence for consideration. This evidence will consist of up to three pages of supporting materials (see this document for examples) and an optional additional letter of support for the nomination (from peers, administrators or students). 

IV. Procedures 

At the beginning of the spring term, the Adjunct Advisory Committee shall solicit nominations for the award. Nominations are due by March 1. A subcommittee of adjunct representatives from each academic college will meet in March to review the nominations, choose and contact finalists. Finalists will submit additional materials, which will be reviewed by the AAC, who will then choose an awardee by May 1.

Past recipients of the award are not eligible. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year are encouraged to re-submit their materials for consideration the following year.

V. Award Details

Recipients will receive a cash award for $2000 and be recognized at the end of the spring term as part of the annual Employee Appreciation process.

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