Exemplary Faculty Mentor Awards


To recognize faculty mentors who have exceeded the expectations of a mentor and to acknowledge the critical role that faculty mentoring plays at our institution.


Current ISU faculty (tenure track or term) who serve or have served as a mentor to other faculty members (formal or informal).

Nature of Award:

Recipients will be honored at the annual Exemplary Faculty Mentor Recognition Reception on April 3, 2024, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in room 3580 of the Memorial Union.


Nominees should demonstrate a measurable impact on the success of their mentees by serving as exemplary role models, providing educational and networking opportunities, and providing feedback on performance and advancement. The mentor ought to have advanced the institutional statements of aspiration by cultivating skills and competencies in their mentees around research, life-long learning, forging new frontiers and innovative solutions.

Guidelines for submitting a nomination:  

  1. Complete nominee/nominator form.
  2. Complete a nomination statement of no more than two (2) pages that includes the following:
    1. How has your mentor created opportunities for growth and advancement?
    2. How has your mentor provided constructive and meaningful feedback?
    3. How has your mentor modeled good leadership?
    4. How has your mentor shown their commitment to your success?
  3. Submit the completed nomination cover page and statement to exemplary@iastate.edu by February 28, 2024.

Nominations are reviewed by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Award recipients and their nominators, department chairs, and deans will be notified by March 15.