Women's Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award
This award is intended to recognize extraordinary efforts in mentoring women faculty in the university, and particularly junior faculty members both prior to and beyond tenure. The award will be presented to an individual who has contributed substantially to the career development of one or more women faculty members.
Successful mentoring is a crucial dimension of developing and retaining faculty members. Ongoing mentoring relationships contribute to the happiness and success of female faculty members by helping them negotiate the promotion and tenure process and the path to full professor, by encouraging their research and teaching activities, and providing support and role models for healthy work-life integration. This award is a way of formally celebrating the commitment to mentorship in general to students, staff, and research associates, and, in particular to mentoring junior women faculty members, of many senior faculty members as part of their informal service to the university.
What is a mentor?
- A mentor is a person who creates a supportive environment that fosters a protégée’s realization of long- and short-term professional and life goals. A mentor helps facilitate access to institutional resources, helps a protégée develop a network of relationships that can contribute to her success, and
- Guides successful navigation of the university system. Mentoring plays an important role not only in promoting the success of individual faculty members but also in fostering community among scholars at Montana State University.
All MSU faculty and staff members who have dedicated time and energy to outstanding mentoring of MSU women faculty members are eligible.
Women’s Faculty Caucus
- Evaluation of the nominees mentoring activities and skills, especially when mentoring women faculty, particularly junior faculty members both prior to and beyond tenure.
Nomination letters submitted by individuals should be no longer than two pages. Go to the Award Nomination Portal to select the appropriate award and complete the nomination form. In the “Narrative” box you can summarize your letter. On the next page you’ll have an opportunity to upload your full letter. A letter written by 2 or more nominators may be up to four pages. Multiple letters for the same nominee also will be accepted (in this case you may upload more than one document). Letters should include the full name and position of the nominee and the nominator, a detailed and specific description of the nominee’s mentoring activities and skills, and an explanation of the difference this made in the nominator’s career. Criteria for selecting the honoree will include depth (i.e. profound efforts and effects), breadth (e.g., mentoring multiple women), and effectiveness (e.g., successfully mentoring women with career obstacles) of mentoring efforts.