Faculty Service




(Application Information)


The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recognizes the consistently superior service contributions of teaching faculty. This service must be sustained over multiple years and may occur in a variety of venues.

Award criteria:

To be nominated, a faculty member must demonstrate consistently superior service. Eligible service contributions may occur in a variety of areas including service to the campus, the State University, the local community or contributions at the regional, state-wide, national or international levels. Eligible activities may encompass a combination of service contributions to discipline or disciplinary and professional organizations and societies; and to leadership in local or system-wide faculty governance.

The nature of the service must exceed the work generally considered to be part of a candidate’s basic professional obligation (professional committees, etc.) and must include service that exceeds that for which faculty are normally compensated. There must be positive evidence of outstanding achievement and skill in providing leadership, outreach, or other University and/or community service or extraordinary service and leadership in the nominee’s professional organization.

The scope of the service must extend over multiple years, must be geared toward effecting positive change and must involve the generous giving of personal time in service to areas previously described.

Candidates for this award must be full-time teaching/instructional faculty who meet, and preferably exceed, the selection criteria, and who also demonstrate initiative and creativity in exceeding these standards.


Academic Background - Candidates must be full-time teaching faculty for the academic year in which the award is to be given and regularly carry a full-time teaching load as defined by the campus for full-time teaching. (The definition of a full teaching load varies from campus to campus, but each campus should be satisfied that there can be no question that its nominee meets this criterion. Teachers of studio courses or other specialized courses in which credit hours are normally low are to be considered in terms of the full-time load normally expected for the discipline.)

The significance of having the campus define “full-time” teaching is particularly relevant in the case of Department Chairs. Campuses frequently provide course reductions for faculty serving in such capacities. If the reduction is applied uniformly, then this reduced load becomes “full-time” for that particular position. Individuals serving in this capacity may be nominated for the award contingent upon their carrying the campus-defined, full-time teaching load for persons performing such administrative responsibilities (e.g., if a campus defines 15 hours as a full-time teaching load for full-time faculty, and 12 hours as a full-time teaching load for Department Chairs, then an individual serving as a Department Chair and teaching the 12 hours and meeting the other eligibility requirements would be eligible for nomination). One caveat: except for Department Chairs, teaching requirements must constitute more than 50 percent of the position’s responsibility. Otherwise, the individual should be considered for the Excellence in Professional Service Award. Please remember that Department Chairs are always considered faculty first, and it is the intent that the Professional Service category be reserved for staff.

Academic Rank - Nominees for the award may hold any academic rank (as defined in SUNY Board of Trustees policies: individuals holding the title of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor or assistant instructor).

Length of Service -Nominees must have completed at least three academic years of full-time service out of the five years on the home campus immediately prior to the year of nomination.


  • Individuals holding Distinguished Faculty Rank: Distinguished Librarian, Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Service Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor – may not be nominated for an Excellence Award in any of the categories;

  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be nominated for another Excellence Award within a five-year interval;

  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be re-nominated for an award in the same category;

  • Individuals holding qualified academic appointments (as defined in SUNY Board of Trustees policies: individuals holding the title of lecturer or titles of academic rank preceded by the designation “visiting” or other similar designations) may not be nominated;

  • The chief campus officer for academic, student, or administrative affairs, or persons serving in these capacities, may not be nominated for an Excellence Award. Therefore, other examples of positions excluded are: the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Executive Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deputy Counsels, Campus Presidents, Campus Provosts, Deputy Provosts, Deputies to the President, Chiefs of Staff, Officers-in-Charge, Vice Presidents and Deans of the College of Ceramics at Alfred University and the New York State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, of Human Ecology, of Industrial and Labor Relations and of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University are ineligible for nomination;

  • Individuals should not be nominated in the same season for promotion to Distinguished Faculty rank and an Excellence Award in the same category (e.g., an individual should not be nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Professorship and an Excellence in Teaching award); and

  • Under NO circumstances may candidates apply - or self-nominate - for these awards.

Number and frequency of awards:

Nomination allocations are based on a ratio to FTE's. One nomination allocation will be allotted for every 2,000 total FTE students on the campus.

Selection process:

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


  • Nominations for these awards should arise from the entire faculty, student body and administration based on continuing and recognized teaching quality.

  • 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 (Brighton Campus, Building 1, Room 303), 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 prepare and submit packets to Sandy Warren by the deadline listed on the main Faculty Senate Chancellors Award Page.
  • The primary 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.


  • Nominations for the awards are reviewed for compliance with the SUNY-wide criteria for selection and eligibility.

  • Failure by a campus to comply with the procedures established for the selection of nominees will result in the disqualification of all nominees from that institution.

  • After review, a report will be sent to the Chancellor in the form of recommendations for award.

Required documentation:

Checklist of Packet Materials:

  • Coversheet, available here
  • Personal narrative written by nominee describing how he/she excels in meeting each of the award criteria, including superior service that exceeds professional expectations over a sustained period of years, while also demonstrating initiative and creativity
  • Up-to-date and moderately detailed vitae
  • Student evaluations
  • Performance appraisals
  • Letters of recommendation (not to exceed 5)
  • Other relevant materials


Eleven (11) copies and one complete set of signed (in blue ink) originals of the nomination packet should be submitted by the nominee. Originals should not be hole-punched or stapled.


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