Elon's mission statement calls for a rich intellectual community characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment. To honor this call, the College presents three awards to recognize contributions of distinction in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service-leadership.
The Elon College Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes one or more faculty each year who exemplifies the Elon teacher-scholar – outstanding in the classroom, current in the discipline, and committed to the intellectual development of students. As the Elon Teacher-Scholar statement reflects, “faculty strive to instill in their students a commitment to intellectual endeavors and a life-long devotion to learning and the ideals of citizenship. They share with their students a sense of the history and vitality of scholarly inquiry that emerges from disciplinary depth and expands to interdisciplinary inquiry. All faculty recognize their responsibility to convey a foundation of established knowledge, but their ultimate goal is to cultivate informed critical thinking, creative expression, and a desire to serve the common good”. The selection committee looks for excellence in the classroom as tangibly demonstrated by teaching and administrative evaluations for the preceding three years. Equally important are intangible factors such as inspiring students in the discipline, embracing ways to engage students in active learning, being available to students outside the classroom, being known as an excellent adviser, and having a willingness to teach where needed.
The Elon College Excellence in Scholarship Award recognizes one or more faculty each year whose scholarly work has a significant intellectual impact. The Elon University Teacher-Scholar model describes scholarship as “the most fundamental form of professional activity.” We value the scholarship of discovering new knowledge, integrating knowledge, applying knowledge, and developing pedagogical innovations. The selection committee considers tangible evidence of peer-reviewed research and creative activity that was published or presented during the preceding three years. Equally important are intangible factors such as supporting the scholarly endeavors of colleagues, advancing the school’s reputation, and mentoring students in undergraduate research. At Elon, a professor cannot be measured by the articles published to the exclusion of the lives inspired.
The Elon College Excellence in Service-Leadership Award recognizes one or more faculty each year who richly contribute to the ongoing welfare and betterment of the college, university and profession. The Elon community and communities beyond Elon are strengthened by the institution’s emphasis upon engagement of faculty and students as active participants and leaders in the events surrounding them. The Elon Teacher-Scholar document states: “…as responsible members of the university community, Elon teacher-scholars also dedicate their talents, experience, and leadership skills to activities that sustain, develop, and improve the entire institution.” This philosophy is also clearly reflected in the University’s mission statement that we are to prepare students to be “global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good” and that we will foster “personal integrity, and an ethic of work and service.” The selection committee focuses on the tangible results of service for the preceding three years. Equally important are intangible factors such as willingness to volunteer one’s time when needed, to carry new ideas to reality and to engage in shared governance.