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These awards honor talented and driven faculty, staff and student-employees. Golich Award winners are shining examples of inclusive leadership at work. They use their unique talents to make MSU Denver a richer, more innovative and more successful university. Most importantly, they help students thrive.
Awards in this category include:
A successful application will clearly describe contributions to student learning through innovative online teaching and course design practices as well as service and scholarly contributions to the field.
Examples of such innovative teaching and course design include, but are not limited to:
Applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee comprising of members from the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Development, Online Learning, and former award winners. All applicants will be notified when a winner is chosen.
Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague, chair, dean, or student. Applicants must not be nominated anonymously.
Submission Materials and Review Process
Complete this online form and upload one Word or PDF file which should include all required submission materials. Award applications should be no longer than 4 pages and must be submitted through this online form.
Required materials to provide include:
Optional materials to provide include:
Any questions regarding the nomination process or view should be directed to Allie Dirks ([email protected]).
For more information about the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, contact Allie Dirks at [email protected].
Please consider nominating full-time, undergraduate academic advisors who:
Submit your nominations for the Outstanding Professional Advisor award here. The submission deadline is Nov. 3, 2023.
Nominate a colleague for the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award by Friday, December 8.
Eligibility: Any individual whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spends a portion of their time providing academic advising to students. Nominations must:
1. Describe the nominee’s strong and demonstrated knowledge of institutional academic policies and procedures when advising students.
2. Describe how the nominee’s advising technique(s) and approach(es) embodies the mission and vision of MSU Denver.
3. Include examples of outreach or participation in academic-advising initiatives outside of an advising appointment. Examples include but are not limited to appointment campaigns, email outreach, phone-call outreach, workshops or department advising events, registration events, etc. Please note any use of advising technology in these efforts.
4. Describe the nominee’s practices and evidence of success in student retention with advisees or students in class. Please include the use of technology (e.g., SSC Navigate, Degree Works, or other systems) to document and/or track successes.
Nominations should be submitted electronically via this form by Friday, December 8. Nominations, not to exceed 2 pages in length, should specifically address the ways in which the nominee has achieved excellence in one or more of the four areas identified above. The recipient will be celebrated at the “Roadrunners Who Soar” event during the spring semester.
Each year MSU Denver recognizes an Outstanding Mentor for Undergraduate Research. The award is part of the 2024 Roadrunner’s Who Soar Golich Awards and is open to MSU Denver faculty members or staff who have positively influenced undergraduate research through their own research and scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, whether inside or outside the classroom.
The Council of Chairs & Directors and the Office of Academic Affairs would like to announce that nominations are now open for the Department Chairs Excellence Award.
Purpose and Guidelines
The intent of this award is to recognize one chair each year who has done demonstrably excellent work in his or her role as chair.
The nominee must currently be a department chair and must have completed one year or more as chair to be eligible.
The successful nominee is one who demonstrates success in at least one of the following areas:
1. Demonstration of outstanding leadership
2. Demonstration of curricular innovation
3. Promotion of student success
4. Overall contribution toward achievement of the College and/or University Mission
Nominations can come from anyone. A chair may self-nominate, or a nomination can come from any student, faculty, staff member or other member of the university community. The nomination would need to address how the nominee demonstrates the areas outlined above.
Award Screening Committee
The award screening committee will meet once per year to review candidates and determine a winner. The committee will be chaired by the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs. The committee’s membership will consist of a representative from the deans, along with one chair representing each college/school in the university, and at least one faculty member from any college.
Nominations should be submitted electronically using this form by Friday, December 15. Nominations, not to exceed 2 pages in length, should specifically address the ways in which the nominee has achieved excellence in one or more of the four areas identified above. The recipient will be celebrated at the “Roadrunners Who Soar” event during the spring semester.
The University-wide Roadrunners Who Soar Awards recognize individual employees who are living our shared CADRE values, supporting student success and serving as ambassadors for Metropolitan State University of Denver in the larger community. Meanwhile, the team awards will highlight core and cross-functional teams that are pursuing shared goals and creating an environment of empowerment and accountability.
Honorees and their nominators will receive invitations to the award ceremony on April 6, 2024, where award winners will be recognized among their peers and colleagues.
Nominate excellent staff members
The Staff Senate is accepting nominations to highlight amazing MSU Denver staff members. The Staff Excellence Award recognizes outstanding work and is open to any staff member—administrative, classified and student—who has worked at MSU Denver for at least one semester.
Nominators should provide specific examples of how the nominee demonstrates commitment to the MSU Denver community and our mission. The mission of MSU Denver is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global, and technological society. Please give examples of their excellence in action! If selected, this information will be used to honor the nominee.
One winner will be selected in each of the following categories:
This award is presented to a supervisor who is an engaging and supportive role model for their student employees. They manage their team of students well and hold them accountable, while maintaining a work environment that is inclusive and collaborative.
Eligibility: The nominee has been a supervisor for at least one Semester. The nominee is one who demonstrates success in the following areas:
Prompt 1: How has this supervisor been a role model to you?
Prompt 2: Give an example of a time when your supervisor created an authentic and inclusive for their student employees.
Prompt 3: How has this nominee created a supportive and collaborative environment?
Prompt 4: How does this supervisor engage with their student employees?
The Student Employee of the Year Award is presented to a student who is friendly, reliable and dependable. This student demonstrates commitment and growth in their position and goes beyond stated job duties by taking initiative and advancing the goals of the department.
Eligibility: The nominee must have worked at least one semester as a student employee. The nominee is one who demonstrates success in the following areas:
Prompt 1: How does this student model reliability?
Prompt 2: Give an example of their strong leadership skills.
Prompt 3: How does the student nominee show critical thinking in their workplace?
Prompt 4: How does this student nominee show work ethic on a day-to-day basis?
Prompt 5: Please explain a time when you saw this student collaborate with their team.