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Aug. 27, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Connie and Tom Kossen Faculty Excellence Award announced at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Connie and Tom Kossen Faculty Excellence Award, which will give $5000 to a meritorious tenured faculty member next spring, was announced by Mississippi University for Women President Claudia Limbert during the general and faculty staff meeting Friday afternoon.
Dr. Sam Gingerich, MUW’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, announced the criteria for the award after thanking Tom and Connie Kossen, a 1964 alumna of MUW.
“On behalf of the academic community of MUW, I would like to publicly acknowledge the Kossen’s for their commitment to faculty excellence. Their willingness to fund such a substantial reward truly speaks of their recognition of the role faculty play as the heart of the institution.
“In the few days that we’ve known of this, I have worked with division heads and with donors through Institutional Advancement Vice President Scott Rawles to develop a criteria as well as procedures for making the award.”
The award will be given to a tenured faculty member who has exhibited excellence in teaching, in scholarly or artistic achievement, and in service, preferably both on campus and in communities throughout MUW’s service area.
Further, to be considered for this award, Gingerich said a faculty member must exhibit a commitment to student success in each of these three areas of responsibility. Documentation of excellence in teaching shall include evidence of a commitment to teaching and learning that results in outstanding opportunities for students served. Evidence of mentoring students outside of the formal classroom setting shall be given significant consideration as shall evidence that graduates are successful in their careers or in the pursuit of further studies. Documentation of excellence in scholarly or artistic achievement shall include a record that leads to the recognition of excellence on campus as well as recognition of accomplishments by peers. Involving or mentoring students in research, scholarship or artistic achievement shall be given consideration. Documentation of excellence in service shall include a commitment to a range of activities on campus including those involving governance and those involving student services. In addition, it is expected that excellence in service shall include meaningful efforts representing the campus in professional organizations as well as in the community.
Gingerich said the process for selecting a faculty member will be finalized soon, and the first award will be given at commencement in spring.
In addition, he announced a $250 award through the MUW Foundation that will be given to a part-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.
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