Provost's Award for Faculty Mentorship

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NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 2, 2022

The Office of Academic Affairs values the mentorship of full-time faculty. The Provost's Award for Faculty Mentorship is designed to reflect our value of mentorship and address feedback received from faculty that highlights the need to recognize full-time faculty mentoring efforts. In addition, this honor was created to encourage faculty to become mentors to colleagues.

It is our belief that collegial mentorship is key in the advancement and retention of faculty. This honor is one way in which we seek to reward successful mentorship of full-time faculty, as well as to encourage faculty who have not done so to consider mentoring a colleague.


All full-time teaching and research faculty members are eligible to be nominated (or self-nominated) for this award.

Nomination Process & Schedule:


The Office of Faculty Diversity and Retention asks deans to provide a letter of nomination for a candidate from their respective college, which includes a justification for the nomination. One nomination is sought per college. The nominated candidates are asked to work with their deans to electronically submit the following supporting documents, in the following order:

  • A list of ODU full-time faculty who they have mentored, along with their rank, over the past three years.
  • A summary statement explaining her/his faculty mentorship activities. The statement is limited to one double-spaced page.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two letters of support from faculty mentees.
  • A letter from the department chair or a letter from a colleague.
  • A letter from the dean of the college.


Fri, Dec 2, 2022   Nominations due to department/school chair
Fri, Dec 16, 2022 Chair nominations due to Dean
Fri, Jan 27, 2023 College dean submits college nominees to to the office of the Vice Provost via
Mon, Jan 30, 2023 Vice Provost office uploads nominee packets to SharePoint site and notifies the DEI committee.
Fri, Feb 24, 2023 DEI committee recommends an award dinner to Vice Provost
Mon, Mar 27, 2023 Provost names the award winner

Please direct any questions regarding nominations to Ms. Allison Barber at

Letter should address

Letters should address some or all of the following:

  • How the mentor developed a supportive mentoring environment.
  • Ways in which advice and information sharing helped the mentee reach his or her goals.
  • Specific goals achieved by the mentee as a result of the mentoring relationship.
  • Ways in which the mentor helped the mentee understand the university environment.
  • Ways in which the mentor helped the mentee manage issues of power differentials and inclusion in his or her department, college, and/or university.
  • Other mentor attributes that assisted the mentee in feeling supported in the department, college, and university and/or other ways that assisted the mentee in reaching his or her goals.

Send your nomination

Submit to Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Strategic Initiatives

Award & Presentation

Award recipients will receive a gift and a one-time cash award of $1,000. They are recognized at an annual Faculty Awards and Retirement Dinner. There is no expectation for the awardee to make a presentation at the dinner. Names of awardees will appear on a plaque displayed in a prominent location on the University campus.

Past Award Winners

Mona Danner
Sociology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Robin Lewis
Department of Psychology