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Vitale Award Guidelines

Purpose and Award:

This award is to recognize and honor faculty, or administrators with faculty rank (Executives-in-Residence, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, or Professors), who demonstrate initiative, innovation and leadership through their teaching, research service and support efforts. A $2,500 cash award will be granted to the recipient or placed in a professional development account for their use. In addition to the monetary award, recipients receive an engraved memento as well as have their name inscribed upon a permanent plaque housed in the Gordon Ford College of Business.

Applications and Nominations:

All full‐time individuals with faculty rank (see above) in the Gordon Ford College of Business are eligible for the award. Each Department Chair is requested to nominate or recommend at least one candidate for consideration. Individuals may also apply or be nominated. A letter of nomination or application must include a statement of reasons and documentation of contributions by the prospective awardee. Nominations and applications may not exceed three single‐spaced pages. Applications, nominations and supporting materials must be submitted to the Office of the Dean by noon, March 15. Recipients of the award will again become eligible after a three‐year period following their award.

Criteria, Recommendations, and Presentation of Award:

The Dean of the Ford College of Business will convene members of the Executive Committee from the Business Executive Advisory Council to serve as the judging panel for review and selection. The award will be presented at either the annual college awards ceremony or at the opening Fall faculty and staff meeting.

General criteria considered in reviewing applications includes demonstrated innovations, creative and original contributions, and activities with measurable results. Examples include program and student support initiatives, curriculum or technology innovations, leadership of programs or units, measurable and documented research accomplishments and activities appropriate to the college mission and plans. Global business developments, diversity initiatives and multicultural and international understanding as appropriate to the Ford College are also relevant considerations. Evidence of demonstrated leadership and external recognition of accomplishments are other factors considered in selecting award recipients. The relevance and timing of the benefits to students, faculty, external constituents and improvements in learning are other dimensions important to the selection panel.

If there are questions about the nomination or selection process, please call Wendi Kelley at 270‐745‐2279 in the Office of the Dean, Gordon Ford College of Business, or e‐mail wendi.kelley@wku.edu.


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