First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

FYE Awards, 2019

Each year, First-Year Experience invites the university community to submit nominations for the FYE awards, which recognize excellence in the teaching and mentoring of first-year students at Georgia Southern University.

Nominations for the 2019 cycle are now closed. Check back at the end of the semester for announcements of winners!

For descriptions about the awards and the award process, see below.


Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students

The award recognizes one full-time faculty member and one staff member or administrator who have made significant contributions to the academic and/or personal lives of first-year students. While nominations of FYE 1220 faculty are certainly welcome, nominees need not teach FYE 1220. The criteria are purposely open-ended to encompass the full range of diverse ways in which faculty and staff promote and facilitate the success of first-year students. The initial deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15. Supporting nominations for faculty and staff already nominated may be submitted through Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m.

The 2019 faculty and staff Outstanding Advocates for First-Year Students will each receive a plaque and up to $1500 to attend the 39th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (February 21-24, 2020 in Washington, D.C.) or another conference relating to student success, pedagogical practice or other professional development. Travel must conclude by deadline for disbursing funds in fiscal 2020 (generally around June 13).

Note: Individuals who hold faculty rank but are 12-month administrators are considered as administrators and not faculty for the purposes of this award.

Process
  1. Any member of the Georgia Southern community may submit a nomination. Initial nominations must be received by Friday, March 15. Nominators may wish to consider recruiting others to support the nomination they submit.
  2. First-Year Experience will then approach supervisors of nominees and offer them the opportunity to write a supporting nomination and solicit additional nominations from others. Nominations will be accepted through this website through Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. for nominees who were initially nominated as in step 1, above.
  3. FYE will also contact nominees shortly after March 15 to inform them of their nomination. If they choose, they may opt out of being considered. No formal written response is required from nominees in order to be considered.

FYE Peer Leader of the Year

This award recognizes a peer leader who works in harmony with his or her FYE 1220 professor to provide a quality classroom experience while engaging students in the overall Georgia Southern community and serving as a positive role model. Peer leaders for FYE 1220 sections in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 are eligible to receive this award. The initial deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15. Supporting nominations for peer leaders already nominated may be submitted through March 29 at 5 p.m.

The 2019 Peer Leader of the Year will receive a plaque and $100.

Process
  1. Any member of the Georgia Southern community may submit a nomination. Initial nominations must be received by Friday, March 15. Nominators may wish to consider recruiting others to support the nomination they submit.
  2. First-Year Experience will then approach the faculty member who led the course in which the peer leader served and offer him or her the opportunity to write a supporting nomination and solicit additional nominations from others. Nominations will be accepted through this website by Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. for nominees who were initially nominated as in step 1, above.
  3. FYE will also contact nominees shortly after March 15 to inform them of their nomination. If they choose, they may opt out of being considered. No formal written response is required from nominees in order to be considered.

Winners from the past five years and full-time staff in First-Year Experience are not eligible. For past winners of the FYE awards, click here. The FYE awards are sponsored by First-Year Experience and Phi Eta Sigma, the first-year honor society.

Last updated: 4/1/2019

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