Chancellor Adjunct




(Application Information)


The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with the State University’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality.

Award criteria:

The primary criterion is skill in teaching. Teaching Techniques and Representative Materials – There must be positive evidence that the candidate performs superbly in educational environments. The nominee must maintain instructional policies that adapt readily to student needs, interests and problems. Mastery of teaching techniques must be demonstrated and substantiated.

Candidates' evaluations of students' work must be strongly supported by evidence. When available, student evaluations (in the form of student questionnaires administered and compiled by persons other than the nominee) may provide a clear idea of the nominee's effectiveness in teaching.

Additional consideration, as appropriate, may be given to:

  • Outstanding support for the intellectual growth of individual students;
  • Demonstrated use of relevant contemporary data from their discipline(s) in their teaching. Evidence may be scholarly and/or widely recognized experience in the field;
  • Number of students per course; and
  • Different teaching techniques employed

Eligibility: Nominees must be Adjunct Faculty as generally defined by the specific SUNY institution. Individuals serving in full-time professional or academic positions at a SUNY institution are not eligible for this award;

  • Nominees must have taught, over the proceeding five years, a total of courses equivalent to one-half of a three-year full-time teaching load in the appropriate department;
  • Nominees may also serve in adjunct roles at other educational institutions; and
  • Nominees must be employed by the nominating campus at the time of the nomination.

Nominating Process: The nomination process/procedure is in two parts: local (MCC) nominations and state level review.


  • Employees may nominate colleagues for this award by submitting a formal nomination letter or memo. It must be printed and signed, then sent to Sandy Warren, Personnel Assistant in Human Resources (, by the deadline listed on the main Faculty Senate Chancellors Award Page.

  • Human Resources will notify nominees shortly after the deadline so that the nominee may begin preparing and assembling his/her packet. If they choose to accept the nomination, nominees must submit packets to Sandy Warren by the deadline listed on the main Faculty Senate Chancellors Award Page.
  • The selection committee reviews packets and makes its recommendation to the President. The deliberations of the campus committee shall be confidential.
  • The committee forwards to the President no more than the number of nominations allowed.
  • Nominations endorsed by the President are forwarded to the State University of New York in care of the Office of the Provost.


  • Checklist Cover Sheet –This form must be the first sheet of the nominee's portfolio. It is used to ensure compliance with program policies and procedures and for administrative purposes. The cover sheet is available here.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV): An up-to-date and moderately detailed CV containing information on the nominee's career must be included in the nomination portfolio.
  • Substantiation for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching: Substantiation that
  • Nominee has taught, over the proceeding five years, a total of courses equivalent to one-half of a three- year full -time teaching load in the appropriate department

Required documentation:

Checklist of Packet Materials

  • UNY checklist, available here
  • Personal narrative written by nominee describing teaching techniques, flexible course policies, scholarship, commitment to student success, high academic standards, and quality and quantity of work expected from students
  • Classroom observation, completed within the last 12 months
  • At least one course information sheet
  • Student evaluations
  • Examples of evaluation of student work
  • Up-to-date and moderately detailed curriculum vitae (CV) with substantiation that applicant has taught, in the previous five years, ½ of a full time teaching load over a 3 year period, in the applicant’s department


Nine (9) copies and one complete set of signed (in blue ink) originals of the nomination packet should be submitted by the nominator. Originals should not be hole-punched or stapled.


All nomination materials must be submitted to Melissa Fingar, room 1 - 303, or Sandy Warren, Room 6 – 301 (Human Resources), by no later than 4 p.m. on (deadline date: see main Chancellor's award page).