Outstanding Mentor Award


This award acknowledges and honors a person who has enjoyed outstanding success in mentoring graduate students in the Southern Region.


$1,000 plus travel expenses for the recipient to attend the 2019 CSGS meeting in Knoxville, TN, where the award will be presented.


  • Any full-time tenured faculty member of a CSGS member institution who has successfully mentored a cadre of graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level.
  • Nominees must have gained distinction as a mentor on the nominating campus.
  • Reputation for facilitating student learning by making complex ideas understandable and meaningful to students.
  • Establishment and maintenance of high academic standards.
  • Positive role modeling as a professional, with personal integrity, high ethical standards, and achievable standards for personal excellence.
  • Consistent and ongoing guidance of students regarding resources within and outside the university, conflict resolution, and advocacy for completion of the program of study in a timely manner.
  • Substantial influence on the academic and professional pursuits of students that may include funded research, co-authorship on publications, and co-presentations at national or international conferences.
  • Nominees must have a demonstrated and continuing success as a mentor over a significant portion of the candidate’s career.

Nomination and Selection Process

Faculty members must be nominated by their institutional colleagues; they may not nominate themselves. An institution can nominate only one candidate per award cycle. Nominations should include the following materials and be submitted as a complete package:

  • A summary (2-page maximum) of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.
  • A letter of endorsement from the graduate dean (or equivalent) of the nominee (2-page maximum). In the event that the graduate dean is nominated, the letter should be from the dean’s current provost or president.
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae of the nominee (8-page maximum).
  • 3 letters of recommendation (each letter is limited to 2 pages) from former graduate students attesting to the mentoring provided by the nominee. The recommender must provide evidence of how the nominee contributed to the recommender’s success and achievements.
  • 2 letters of support from departmental colleagues (each letter is limited to 2 pages).
  • A single PDF, electronic copy of the complete original nomination package MUST be submitted to the Award Committee Chair by November 16, 2018. No incomplete packets will be considered. Name the file: CSGS_Outstanding_Mentoring_Award_LastName_FirstName_InstitutionName.pdf

The Awards Committee will review nominations and make its recommendation to the CSGS Executive Committee in December.


November 16, 2018