Pfeiffer University Exemplary Teaching Award

Sponsored by the General Board of United Methodist Higher Education and Pfeiffer University

This award, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, is based on demonstration of exceptional teaching, recognized concern for students and colleagues and sensitivity to the mission of the church-related university, a record of significant contributions to the scholarly life of the university, and a commitment to high standards of professional and personal life.  Faculty members selected for this award should embody a strong commitment and approach to exceptional teaching and academic stewardship of the University.

Selection Criteria:
•    Full-time Faculty member employed at Pfeiffer University more than 3 years
•    Excellence in Teaching as demonstrated by the testimony and lives of former and current students
•    Civility and concern for students and colleagues
•    Commitment to a value-centered education
•    Exceptional service to Students, University and Community and Discipline specific profession

Nomination Process:
Nominations should be clear, concise, well written and address how the faculty member embodies the characteristics listed in the selection criteria.  The nomination should be no more than 3-5 pages in length and submitted in confidence to the Office of Academic Affairs.  In addition to the nomination letter submitted, additional materials to include copies of student evaluations, vitae and additional references to document the candidate's credentials will also be collected.  The award will be selected by the President and Provost of the University and previous year's winners.  Candidates will be presented the award during commencement exercises. Nominations should be submitted by March 5, 2013.

Recognition
The recipient will be recognized in the following ways:

  1. Cash Prize
  2. The nominees and recipient will be announced at Graduation.
  3. The Public Relations staff will send a news release to the local media (including newspapers, radio stations, and local television stations).
  4. A profile and picture of the recipient will appear in the appropriate Pfeiffer University publications.
  5. Recent winners of the award will be listed under faculty awards in the Pfeiffer University course catalog.

*Note: Please note that this award is a one-time career award and former winners are not eligible for re-nomination.

Provost's Awards

provost awardProvost Award
For Outstanding Advising and Mentoring

The Provost Award for Outstanding Advising/Mentoring is to encourage and reward advising excellence at the graduate and undergraduate level.

2012-2013- Vinson Sutlive (Professor of Exercise Science) & Carol Vogt (Professor of Health Administration)
2011-2012- Pearl Wong (Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy)


Pfeiffer University Exemplary Teaching Award
Sponsored by the General Board of United Methodist Higher Education and Pfeiffer University

This award is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, and is based on demonstration of exceptional teaching, recognized concern for students and colleagues and sensitivity to the mission of the church-related university, a record of significant contributions to the scholarly life of the university, and a commitment to high standards of professional and personal life.

2012-2013-Susan Luck (Professor of Business Administration)
2011-2012- George Bitar (Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy)

 

 

Provost Award for Outstanding Advising/Mentoring Form

ASSIST Registration Form

Provost Award for Outstanding Advising/Mentoring

The Provost Award for Outstanding Advising/Mentoring is to encourage and reward advising excellence at the graduate and undergraduate level. All current, full-time employees with at least two years of University service are eligible for the award. Nominees are evaluated on their impact in the following categories: general advising attitude, academic guidance, career guidance, enthusiasm, and assistance in decision making.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will evaluate nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding faculty advisor.  Examples of high quality advising characteristics include:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Availability to advisees, faculty, or staff
  • Use and dissemination of appropriate University information and referral resources
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
  • Exceptional commitment to advising beyond standard expectations
  • Participation in and support of consistent advising to build strong relationships with campus community
  • Ability to engage in, promote, and support ongoing academic/career focused advising
  • Perception by colleagues of nominee's advising or advising administration skills

Procedures

Please submit the Outstanding Advisor/Mentor Nomination form by March 5, 2013.

To nominate a candidate, fill out this form.

Pfeiffer University Exemplary Teaching Award Form

Exemplary Teaching Award

Pfeiffer University Exemplary Teaching Award
Sponsored by the General Board of United Methodist Higher Education and
Pfeiffer University


This award, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, is based on demonstration of exceptional teaching, recognized concern for students and colleagues and sensitivity to the mission of the church-related university, a record of significant contributions to the scholarly life of the university, and a commitment to high standards of professional and personal life.  Faculty members selected for this award should embody a strong commitment and approach to exceptional teaching and academic stewardship of the University.

Selection Criteria

  • Full-time Faculty member employed at Pfeiffer University more than 3 years
  • Excellence in Teaching as demonstrated by the testimony and lives of former and current students
  • Civility and concern for students and colleagues
  • Commitment to a value-centered education
  • Exceptional service to Students, University and Community and Discipline specific profession

Nomination Process

Nominations should be clear, concise, well written and address how the faculty member embodies the characteristics listed in the selection criteria.  The nomination should be no more than 3-5 pages in length and submitted in confidence to the Office of Academic Affairs.  In addition to the nomination letter submitted, additional materials to include copies of student evaluations, vitae and additional references to document the candidate's credentials will also be collected.  The award will be selected by the President and Provost of the University and previous year's winners.  Candidates will be presented the award during commencement exercises. Nominations should be submitted by March 5, 2013.

Recognition

The recipient will be recognized in the following ways:

  • Cash Prize
  • The nominees and recipient will be announced at Graduation.
  • The Public Relations staff will send a news release to the local media (including newspapers, radio stations, and local television stations).
  • A profile and picture of the recipient will appear in the appropriate Pfeiffer University publications.
  • Recent winners of the award will be listed under faculty awards in the Pfeiffer University course catalog.

*Note: Please note that this award is a one-time career award and former winners are not eligible for re-nomination.

To nominate a candidate, fill out this form.

Welcome to Graduate Academics

dr_espyWelcome to the Office of Academic Affairs at Pfeiffer University. I am excited about the recent period of vibrant growth, transition and vigor within academic affairs. As provost and vice president, I work with our faculty and staff to ensure we offer a student-centered environment and provide quality academics, strategic vision, and leadership for the Academic Affairs Division, which includes the Schools of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Humanities, Natural and Health Sciences and Adult and Graduate Studies. I am committed to our system of shared governance that is conducive to learning and helping our students excel in scholarship.

Academically, we strive to offer innovation in education and instruction relevant today in business and industry to prepare our students for employment in the global marketplace. Our schools are continually adapting our programs to meet the needs of both our students and the business community, which we partner with to gain insight and counsel on their ever-changing needs and trends. Pfeiffer's educational model provides a blend of ideology, research, and practical application. Students are taught early in their academic careers to collaborate by working in groups and are routinely placed into situations that simulate real world challenges and solutions, promote critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, excellent communication and the importance of service learning and civic engagement in a changing society.

From its humble origin as a home school committed to providing education to students in rural, North Carolina, Pfeiffer has always promoted service, exploration, and a commitment to high purpose and social justice. Our students are introduced to a range of opportunities that meet community needs and human endeavors that enable us to produce graduates who will exemplify not only exceptional intellectual prowess, but are also compassionate about the world in which we live and are dedicated to the improvement of the human condition.

As we strive to stay on top of paradigm shifts and innovations, we are also continuing to evolve and improve our educational pedagogy.  We're focused and committed to academic quality and meeting the needs of our students. We work very hard to provide an environment that is devoted to high standards of academic quality, excellence and ingenuity in teaching, scholarship and service that offers our students access to resources and programs that are tailored to the needs of each individual.

Thank you for your interest in Pfeiffer University. I hope that you will not only browse our web site, but also plan to visit soon.

Dr. Tracy Espy
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Meet the Provost

tracy espy provostpageA national leader in college-based community and service learning, Dr. Tracy Espy began her tenure at Pfeiffer University in 1999 as the institution's first director for the Francis Center for Servant Leadership. There she guided the integration of servant leadership into all of Pfeiffer's day-to-day operations and implemented special projects, notably an annual colloquium that takes place at Pfeiffer's Charlotte campus about how microfinance can function globally as servant leadership. Now, as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Espy provides vision and leadership to the entire university to fulfill Pfeiffer's promise of a high-quality academic experience for all students.

Dr. Espy has published a number of articles on the topic of service-learning and servant leadership and has served as editor the national journal, Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Presentations on this important subject include one to the National Campus Compact Professional Development Institute at Brown University.

 An accomplished and respected professor, researcher and administrator, Dr. Espy earned master of arts and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University, a master of science degree from Miami University in Ohio, and bachelor of arts degree from Berea College in Kentucky. She and her husband, Marvin, live in Charlotte with their daughter, Sydney.

Dr. Tracy Espy
(704) 463-3104
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Academic Leadership

academic leadershipThe provost provides vision and academic leadership to ensure proper implementation of curricula, instruction and public engagement for Pfeiffer University's undergraduate and graduate schools.

As provost, Dr. Tracy Espy works closely with Pfeiffer's 150 full- and part-time faculty members and guides the faculty senate in its endeavors related to the general welfare of the university. She is responsible for managing all administrative and fiscal elements of academic affairs, including strategic planning, operations, budgeting and management.