Annual FYE Awards

Nominations are open! Click HERE to nominate your FYE instructor or mentor.

Overview:Established in 1999 to honor those who elect to teach or mentor in an FYP&LC sponsored FYE course, each recipient receives $500 for their contributions to UConn’s students. FYE classes are designed to support and challenge students as they transition to the University of Connecticut.These awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of both instructor and undergraduate FYE mentors for their embodiment of FYE’s mission and for their commitment to innovation and excellence. The award recipients are announced at the Instructional Excellence Recognition Dinner each Spring.
John T. Szarlan Memorial Student Mentor Award
Re-established in 2007 as the John. T. Szarlan Memorial Award in honor of the 13 years Mr. Szarlan served as a counselor and student advocate supporting students in their transition to the University.

 

Criteria – The following criteria is used to determine which nominee will be the recipient of the John T. Szarlan Mentor Award:

– Serves as a positive role model and consistent leader for students in and out of the classroom

– Exhibits an ability to relate to all students

– Effectively shares tailored knowledge and support to help students academically and interpersonally

– Actively introduces students to opportunities to engage with the community and their undergraduate experience

– Collaborates with the FYE instructor to determine expectations of their FYE Mentor role that are appropriate to that specific course

– Helps to create a positive classroom environment and build community among students through actions like co-curricular coordination, outside of class community building, and in-class activities

Nomination Procedures

Mentors can be nominated by instructor(s) or students who they assisted in a FYE class. Upon receiving a nomination, Office of FYP&LC contacts the FYE Mentor to inform them of the application process. The items listed below are required in order for a Mentor to be considered for the award:

– An up-to-date résumé, including a description of the FYE Peer Mentor experience

– A comprehensive statement that explains how the nominee meets the criteria for the award

– Up to two additional letters of support (one must be from the FYE instructor if the instructor did not nominate the student)

– Recommended: any additional documentation that would strengthen and support  the application. This could include the lesson plan for the mentor-led in-class presentation, sample assignments the nominee had a significant role in creating, photos of events demonstrating FYE student engagement, etc.

FYE Instructor of the Year Award
First Year Experience (FYE) Excellence in Teaching Award

 

Criteria – The criteria used to determine the recipient(s) of the FYE instructor of the year, Outstanding First Year Experience Excellence in Teaching award, are as follows:

– Minimum of two semesters teaching First Year Experience classes

– Demonstrates commitment to furthering student growth and development in and out of the classroom

        – Tailors their approach to the students in their FYE class to personalize the undergraduate experience

        – Cultivates a student-centered classroom through effective and creative facilitation

        – Creates an environment that encourages students to cultivate their curiosity by increasing self-awareness and exploring opportunities

        – When applicable, collaborates and coaches the FYE Mentor to maximize the FYE students’ experience

        – Participates in our community of practice through ongoing professional development and collaboration with other faculty and staff

Nomination Procedures

FYE Instructors can be nominated by another FYE instructor, the FYE mentor who assisted with their class, another faculty/staff member, or by a student. Upon receiving a nomination, the Office of FYP&LC contacts the instructor to inform them of the application process. The items listed below are required in order for an instructor to be considered for the award:

– Curriculum Vitae or Résumé

– A comprehensive statement that explains how the nominee meets the criteria for the award

– Any other supporting documentation that illustrates how the nominee has met the criteria for this award

FYE Instructor of the Year Award
First Year Experience (FYE) Teaching Innovation Award

 

The FYE Teaching Innovation Award honors instructors who have implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches shown to increase student learning and success.“Innovative teaching is defined broadly and may include the use of new instructional technologies, the use of traditional technologies in creative ways, novel approaches to instruction, and new ways to engage students in the learning process.” (https://www.towson.edu/provost/initiatives/leadership/teaching/academicinnovation/development/award/ )

Criteria – The criteria used to determine the recipient(s) of the FYE Teaching Innovation Award are as follows:

– Taught an FYE class during the current academic year

– Dedicated to teaching effectiveness and support enhanced levels of student engagement and learning

– Demonstrates innovation and creativity in teaching

– Shows a commitment to continuously improving teaching through innovation and reflective practice

– Uses innovative and creative assignments, projects, or lesson plans when working with students

– Employs effective, new, inclusive teaching methods and/or utilizing technology to enhance learning

– Engages students in active learning in and out of the classroom

– Provides a stimulating environment that encourages students to challenge the intellectual and creative status quo and discover new ways to accomplish their goals

Nomination Procedures

FYE Instructors can be nominated by another FYE instructor, the undergraduate FYE mentor who
assisted with his/her class, another faculty/staff member, or by a student. Upon receiving a nomination, the Office of FYP&LC contacts the instructor to inform them and to notify them of the supporting documentation needed by the office. The items listed below are required in order for an instructor to be in contention for the award:

– Curriculum Vitae or Résumé

– A comprehensive statement that explains how the nominee meets the criteria for the award  specifically describing (with examples) innovative or creative practices, teaching methods, lesson plans, etc.

– Any other supporting documentation that illustrates how the nominee fulfills the criteria for this award