University College Awards

MTSU's University College is proud to announce recipients of college's inaugural awards. Unfortunately, there will be no awards ceremony due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, but the winners will receive their physical award and the specific category award soon!

2019-2020 Award Winners

Student Achievement Award

Clarissa Tucker

She continuously displays a great attitude, strong work ethic, and calming demeanor on a daily basis. She is a great team member, and truly an asset to our organization. I would recommend Clarissa without hesitation to receiveThe Student Achievement Award. 

The Achievement Award recognizes a student who has shown resilience, has had to make sacrifices, has effectively balanced multiple priorities, and has shown recent academic success.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Gina Fountain

Mrs. Fountain is committed to learning, to getting her research right, and to understanding the concepts that underly her research accurately. This commitment to excellence – not just expressed in receiving high scores on the assignments, but in understanding the underlying concepts well – is unique amongst undergraduate students.

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a student who has achieved a high level of success in the classroom, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Dennis Bain Scholarship

Juliet Hahn 

The Dennis Bain Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who is currently enrolled at MTSU and has taken at least 1 distance learning course.

Outstanding Adjunct Award

Layne Bryant

In the qualitative feedback, several students noted her responsiveness as a strength as well as stating she was helpful, provided examples, and showed how to apply the information to the real world. Students consistently note that she cares about students and was willing to answer questions outside of class.

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an adjunct faculty member teaching in the University College. 

Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Award

Pamela McCluney

Pam has been assigned new faculty to mentor for several years. She has also conducted observations of on ground and online courses providing valuable feedback to instructors. Although the online courses she teaches are already developed, Pam regularly creates supplemental materials for her courses and willingly shares those with others.

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a full-time non-tenured / tenure-track faculty member teaching in the University College.

Outstanding Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Award

Dianna Rust

Dr. Rust goes above and beyond to ensure the success of her students. She has presented me with many opportunities to further develop myself as a student and professional. She makes sure her students are taken care of and have all of the tools they need. She has played a huge role in my success at MTSU.

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments in service, research, and teaching of a tenure-track and tenure faculty member teaching in the University College.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Chloe Truitt

I can say without hesitation that she is truly an exemplary 'True Blue' member of the MTSU University College alumni and is most deserving of this award. It is evident from her current accomplishments that she is an excellent representative of the Master of Professional Studies program.

This award recognizes an MTSU graduate from a University College Major who has had outstanding achievement in their career, public service, and/or volunteer activities. 

Dean’s Staff Award

Billie Jean Brown

Billie Jean takes it upon herself to provide exceptional support and service to not only the Dean of the college but also the staff in the University College. She is very detailed in her work and takes on tasks with a great deal of enthusiasm. She is helpful, caring, resourceful, and happy to offer service no matter the task.

This award provides recognition to employees who demonstrate a quality of performance that indicates they will continue to develop into an exemplary employee. The employee shows passion for their work while exemplifying professionalism and dedication to the mission of their department and the College.

 

More information about the individual awards can be found below. 

Student and Alumni Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a student who has achieved a high level of success in the classroom, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Students are not required to be nominated and can be eligible by emailing required documents, a letter from faculty and a short essay, to Hunter Patterson at hunter.patterson@mtsu.edu.

Award: $500 stipend or scholarship applied toward following semester

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 60 hours coursework completed
  • Majoring in Integrated Studies or Professional Studies Degree programs.
  • Meet one of the following GPA requirements:
    1. Overall GPA 3.5 GPA
    2. Achieved Dean’s List (3.5 GPA) for two semesters out of the last 4 semesters of enrollment
    3. GPA of 3.5 for the last 24 credit hours

Application Criteria:

  1. A letter of support from a faculty member that provides specific examples of outstanding achievement in coursework.
  2. A short essay by the given deadline.

Essay prompt:

The essay should be no less than 500 and no more than 750 words. The essay should address the following criteria:

  • Explain your approach to learning that has yielded academic success.
  • How have you applied course content to life outside the classroom (work, community, volunteering, campus organizations, etc.)
  • Use recent accomplishments to demonstrate that you are a good candidate for this award (awards, honors, scholarships, promotions, etc.).

Outstanding Graduate Student

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a student who has achieved a high level of success in the classroom, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Students are not required to be nominated and can be eligible by emailing required documents, a letter from faculty and a short essay, to Hunter Patterson at hunter.patterson@mtsu.edu.

Award: $500 stipend or scholarship applied toward following semester

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 15 hours graduate coursework completed
  • Majoring in Master of Professional Studies Degree.
  • Meet one of the following GPA requirements
    1. Overall GPA 3.5 GPA
    2. GPA of 3.5 for the last 18 credit hours

Application Criteria:

  1. A letter of support from a faculty member that provides specific examples of outstanding achievement in coursework.
  2. A short essay by the given deadline.

Essay prompt:

The essay should be no less than 500 and no more than 750 words. The essay should address the following criteria:

  • Explain your approach to learning that has yielded academic success.
  • Describe how you have you applied course content to life outside the classroom (work, community, volunteering, campus organizations, etc.)
  • Use recent accomplishments to demonstrate that you are a good candidate for this award (awards, honors, scholarships, promotions, etc.).

Student Achievement Award

The Achievement Award recognizes a student who has shown resilience, has had to make sacrifices, has effectively balanced multiple priorities, and has shown recent academic success.

Students are not required to be nominated and to can be eligible bye emailing required documents, a letter from faculty and a short essay, to Hunter Patterson at hunter.patterson@mtsu.edu.

Award: $500 stipend or scholarship applied toward following semester

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate and Undergraduate status applicable
  • Undergraduates must have a minimum of 60 hours coursework completed; Graduate students must have a minimum of 15 hours completed
  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • Majoring in Integrated Studies or Professional Studies.

Application Criteria:

  1. A letter of support from a faculty member, employer, friend, or other acquaintance that provides specific examples of outstanding achievement.
  2. A short essay by the given deadline.

Essay prompt:

The essay should be no less than 500 and no more than 750 words. The essay should address the following:

  • Discuss how you have shown resilience.
  • Describe the sacrifices you’ve made personally and professionally to be at MTSU.
  • Explain your commitments and how you have balanced multiple priorities effectively.
  • Provide examples of recent academic success. Academic success is broadly defined and student may discuss any class experience, assignment, or semester, etc. in which they have succeeded. Students may go beyond discussion of their GPA.

Outstanding Alumni Award

This award recognizes an MTSU graduate from a University College Major who has had outstanding achievement in their career, public service, and/or volunteer activities.

Award: Technology gift basket (Approximate value $500)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have graduated with a Bachelors or Master’s degree offered in MTSU’s University College. 

Application Criteria:

In order to be considered for this award, distinguished Alumni must submit the following documentation:

  1. A letter that describes the way a University College education prepared the student to reach specific achievement in their career, public service, or volunteer activities (Maximum 2 pages).
  2. A resume that demonstrates outstanding achievement in one or more of these areas: public service, volunteer activities, or career achievement.
  3. One letter of support that addressed either public service, volunteer activities, or career achievement.

Available Scholarships

Dennis Bain Memorial Scholarship

To be considered for the Dennis Bain Memorial Scholarship, applicants must be a non-traditional student who is currently enrolled at MTSU and has taken at least 1 distance learning course. Apply here. Note: Student may see a pop-up on the scholarship website saying the deadling for appling is February 15. Please ignore that notification and apply for the scholarship. The deadline is April 6. 

Scholarship Award: $1,000 scholarship applied toward following semester

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 60 hours coursework completed
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

Criteria:

  • Preference shall be given to applicants who have financial need.

 

 Faculty / Staff Awards

Dean's Staff Award

This award provides recognition to employees who demonstrate a quality of performance that indicates they will continue to develop into an exemplary employee. The employee shows passion for their work while exemplifying professionalism and dedication to the mission of their department and the College.

The employee demonstrates a combination of the following:

  • Responds positively to requests for assistance
  • Routinely goes above and beyond expectations when completing tasks
  • Enhances customer service by acting promptly and efficiently in a professional and courteous manner even under stressful circumstances

Award: Technology gift basket (Approximate value $500)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominees must be full-time classified, administrative or professional staff members in the University College with a minimum of two (2) years of continuous service as a full-time benefitted employee who has not received this award in the past five (5) years.
  • Must be rated as a successful contributor or per the performance evaluation metrics and has not had any disciplinary actions within the last 12 months
  • Must be nominated by a current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.

Outstanding Faculty Award (Tenured / Tenure-Track)

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments in service, research, and teaching of a tenure-track and tenure faculty member teaching in the University College.

Award: $1,000 applied toward faculty travel/conferences/professional development.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be in a full time tenure track or tenured position and have been employed in the department for at least one year full time.
  • Must be nominated by a current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.

Application Criteria:

  1. Letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this award in relation to service, research, teaching (no more than 2 pages)
  2. Electronic OFD for August 1, 2018 to current
  3. Letter of support from one faculty member who can address the quality of your teaching, engagement and mentoring of students, and course/curriculum development.
  4. 1-Page statement of support from a student enrolled in a class you taught who can speak to the effectiveness of your teaching.

Outstanding Facutly Award (Adjunct)

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an adjunct faculty member teaching in the University College.

Award: Technology gift basket (Approximate value $500)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must have taught in the academic year of application and at least two course sections at MTSU as an adjunct over at least two previous semesters.
  • Must be nominated by a current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.

Application Criteria:

  • Applicant must have taught in the academic year of application and at least three courses at MTSU as an adjunct over at least two previous semesters.
  • Submit the following application documents.
  1. One-Page Teaching Philosophy statement.
  2. Samples of instructional or supplemental materials created by the faculty member (i.e., News feed posts, class wide emails, handouts, visual presentations, videos, etc.). Include a brief description of the need you saw and how the materials you developed addressed that need and aided student learning.
  3. One-Page summary of Student Evaluation of Teaching Results for the last 15 credit hours of instruction.
  4. Letter of support from one faculty member who can address the quality of your teaching, effectiveness of instructional materials, use of effective pedagogical practices, and/or engagement of students.
  5. One-Page statement of support from a student enrolled in a class you taught who can speak to the effectiveness of your teaching.
  6. Application materials must total no more than 10 pages.

Outstanding Faculty Award (Non-Tenured / Tenure-Track )

Description:

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a full-time non-tenured / tenure-track faculty member teaching in the University College.

Award:  Technology gift basket (Approximate value $500)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be in a full time temporary (non-tenured track) position.
  • Applicant must have taught in the academic year of application and at least for two semesters.
  • Must be nominated by a current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.

Application Criteria:

  • Submit the following application documents.
    1. 1-Page Teaching Philosophy statement.
    2. Samples of instructional or supplemental materials created by the faculty member (i.e., News feed posts, class wide emails, handouts, visual presentations, videos, etc.). Include a brief description of the need you saw and how the materials you developed addressed that need and aided student learning.
    3. 1-Page summary of Student Evaluation of Teaching Results for the last 15 credit hours of instruction.
    4. Letter of support from one faculty member who can address the quality of your teaching, effectiveness of instructional materials, use of effective pedagogical practices, and/or engagement of students.
    5. 1-Page statement of support from a student enrolled in a class you taught who can speak to the effectiveness of your teaching.
    6. Application materials must total no more than 10 pages.