Student Working
Nominations for 2018 awards will be open December 2017 through February 15, 2018. Online nomination forms will be available on December 1, 2017.

Nominations forms (required) and other supporting materials (recommended) may be submitted electronically or by mail.

Mail
VUAA Award Committee
Loke Hall
Valparaiso University
1100 Campus Drive South
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Email
vuaa.awards@valpo.edu

Have questions?
Alumni Engagement
Tel: 219.464.5142
Fax: 219.464.5467
Email: alumni@valpo.edu

Selection Process

The Valparaiso University Alumni Association solicits nominations for the awards from all alumni, former award recipients, and other members of the University community. An alumni award committee comprised of the VUAA Board of Directors reviews the materials submitted for each candidate and selects nominees whose achievements fit the category for which they have been nominated and who are deemed most deserving of recognition. The names of those selected are then recommended to the Association’s Board of Directors and the University president for action.

The deliberations of the awards committee and the board are kept confidential. Those individuals chosen to receive awards will be honored during the Homecoming and Reunion Weekend worship service or at another appropriate time.

Nominations

Nominations may be submitted electronically or by mail (see below). Your nomination should include:

 

  • A completed nomination form with your name and address and that of your nominee and her or his supporters.
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae or resume (if available and appropriate), plus any other information you feel will be relevant to the committee's decision.
  • Letters of support (optional) from others who know your nominee and of her or his accomplishments (see below for more information). 


Letters of Support

Additional references can be an integral part of the nomination process. If you desire, you may have two other individuals provide letters of support. You can either provide the letters with your nomination packet or make certain that supporters send their letters directly to the Valparaiso University Alumni Association address below. Letters that comment knowledgeably about the individual’s specific achievements are the most important and helpful. Possible contacts include professional colleagues and fellow volunteers, former students, former classmates, and friends. Please share the criteria for the awards and the suggestions listed below with those writing letters in support of your nominee.

Supporters should answer the same basic questions: 

  1. What is your relationship to the candidate, and how have you gained your knowledge of her or his accomplishments?
  2. Which of your candidate’s achievements fulfill the criteria for one of the Valparaiso University Alumni Association awards?
  3. What impact has your candidate had on the profession, service, or community in which he/she has been active? In general terms, please explain the impact of the candidate’s work.
  4. Do you know what relationship the individual has maintained with the University, its faculty, students, or other alumni since graduation?
  5. Has your candidate’s work had an influence on the broader community beyond her or his own sphere of vocational or volunteer achievement?
  6. Why is this an appropriate time for the individual’s achievements to be recognized?


Nominations
The online Nomination Form will be available December 2017. Click here for a downloadable version of the Nomination Form.

The Valparaiso University Alumni Association invites you to nominate a candidate for its annual Distinguished Teaching Award. Candidates must be tenured full-time members of the faculty who have completed at least one academic year of full-time teaching at Valparaiso University, or non-tenured full-time members of the faculty who have completed at least three academic years of full-time teaching at Valparaiso University. Previous recipients are eligible if at least 10 years have passed since their award. The principal selection criteria are:

 

  • Excellence as a teacher
  • Effectiveness as an academic counselor
  • Extent of service to and positive influence on students in extracurricular settings

Nominations
The online Nomination Form will be available December 2017. Please complete the form and answer each question thoroughly. Detailed responses enable the selection committee to evaluate nominees completely and fairly. Please use a separate form for each nominee.

Applicants must be full-time members of the teaching faculty who have completed at least one academic year of full-time teaching at Valpo. Previous recipients are eligible if at least three years have passed since their last award.

The selection committee will review this information at their spring meeting and the recipients will be selected at that time. Recipients will be notified by June 1, and funds will be made available after July 1. Recipients will be asked to give a brief summary of their program during the VUAA’s fall meeting.

Nominations
Please complete the budget and information form (available December 2017).

  1. Your curriculum vitae summarizing your formal education (degrees, institutions, and dates), teaching experience (titles/positions, institutions, primary courses, dates, and tenure — at Valpo and other institutions, if applicable), and other compelling points. Limit this to no more than two pages.
  2. A letter of recommendation from your supervisor.
  3. Responses to the following. Limit your response to two pages. Excess material will be disregarded.
    • Program: Describe the overall plan for your terminal degree, post-graduate research, or continuing education. Please note field of study, goals, and progress. Describe how you would use this grant to achieve your goals. Please be specific and include a general timetable. If this application is for funding to participate in a conference or seminar, please include a copy of the program brochure if available.
    • Linkage: Describe how your program is linked to the University's mission and strategic plan. Characterize how it would allow you to reinforce these commitments and apply the results of your study, research, or conference in the classroom to benefit students. Provide examples.


Please answer each question thoroughly. Detailed responses enable the selection committee to evaluate applicants completely and fairly. Additional comments and/or supporting documentation may be attached.

Selection Process
Nominations for these awards are made by the deans of each college. An award committee comprised of members of the VUAA Board of Directors reviews the materials submitted for each candidate and selects those students who are deemed most deserving of recognition. The names of those selected are then recommended to the Association’s Board of Directors and the University president for action.

The deliberations of the awards committee and the board are kept confidential. Those individuals chosen to receive awards will be honored during a lunch the week prior to May Commencement.

Nominations

To nominate a student, please complete the appropriate form and answer each question thoroughly. Detailed responses enable the selection committee to evaluate nominees completely and fairly. Please use a separate form for each nominee.

Please submit only the nomination form. Any additional materials submitted will be returned to the nominator without consideration by the selection committee. Additionally, nominations must remain confidential. Please do not inform candidates that they have been nominated, since only a limited number of awards are presented each year.