Appendix D1:

Guidelines for submission for the Nicholas Hardeman Academic Leadership Award

The Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award is designed to reward and acknowledge publicly significant contributions to the principle and practice of shared governance at California State University, Long Beach.  This award was first presented in 1989 due to the generosity of an anonymous donor.  The donor requested that the first recipient of the award be Ben Cunningham, Journalism, Chair of the Academic Senate. In 1991-2, based on a Senate Resolution, it was renamed the Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award.  Since 1993-4 the award has been given on behalf of the Presidents’ Associates, since funds from the endowment given by the anonymous donor were no longer available. There is only one award granted annually.

A candidate for this award shall have demonstrated exceptional leadership through:

  • Distinguished service on one or more influential university bodies (e.g., the CSULB Academic Senate or its standing committees, one of the Councils or one of their subcommittees, or the CSULB chapter of the California Faculty Association). Through such leadership, the candidate shall have acted to represent all parties of the Academy (faculty, staff, and students) by preserving their best interests; or
  • Exemplary service positions and participation at the department, college, and university levels.  Service shall mean more than mere membership, but rather demonstrable participation in the activities of the committees, task forces, panels, and commissions.  Participation shall include roles such as committee chair and/or author of major contributions to the drafting of documents, policies, and other materials or innovative projects.  Contributions at the system-wide level will also receive consideration; or
  • Contributions that must have made a significant difference in the institutional ethos of CSULB by preserving and advancing the integrity of academic freedom and responsibility.

The candidates who accept their nomination shall submit an application form and the required materials to the Academic Senate Office on or before the second Monday in February.  Submitted material should include:

  • A completed Application Form;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A 3-5 page summary statement by the nominee highlighting contributions relevant to the award criteria; and
  • Up to a total of five supporting documents that may include letters and/or evaluations that are signed by faculty, students, administrators, and outside references.