Guidelines for Early Academic Career Excellence Award

This guideline can be found in section 8.0 of the Policy on Faculty Awards


Purpose: The Early Academic Career Excellence Award, established in 2008, is designed to recognize the outstanding and extraordinary academic and professional achievements of a faculty member, at the early career stage, who has made major contributions to the profession and University by bringing distinction to the University. No more than three awards are granted annually.


Eligibility: Eligible candidates for the award are at the Assistant or Associate Professor level (or equivalent rank for librarians and counselors) and in the first 5 years of employment at CSULB. The major accomplishments which make the nominee eligible for this award must have been achieved while a faculty member is in residence at California State University, Long Beach.   

Nomination: Nominations for the Early Academic Career Excellence Award may be submitted by University faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni/ae. Any nominator may nominate only one candidate for this award in a given academic year. The letter of nomination, signed by the nominator(s), shall identify the nominee and shall provide a brief rationale for the nomination. Nomination letters shall be due at the Academic Senate Office.

Evaluation Criteria:  A record of excellent and extraordinary achievements, including the significance of the nominee's contributions to the field and the University, demonstrated in three areas of professional responsibility: Instruction and Instructionally-Related Activities, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Professional Engagement and Service. Examples of these accomplishments may be found within the application packet available at the Academic Senate Office.  

Submission: Nominees for this award shall be notified of their nomination and provided with guidelines by the Chair of the Academic Senate. Candidates who accept their nomination shall submit an application and the required documentation to the Dean of the College on or before the second Monday in February. Nominees should submit:

  • A completed Application Form
  • A 3-5 page summary statement highlighting the major contribution that make the nominee eligible for this award as well as other  accomplishments in all three categories of teaching, scholarship, and service
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Up to five examples of achievements


Review and Ranking by the College Awards Committee:  All applications received by the Dean shall be sent to the College Awards Committee.  The College Awards Committee shall review and rank the submissions.  The College Awards Committee shall then forward the nominees’ submitted materials, along with the Committee’s evaluation, recommendation, and ranking, to the Academic Senate.

College Award Committee:  See 5.7 for information concerning the College Awards Committee.

Review by the University Awards Committee: The University Awards Committee shall make the final selection of the award recipient(s) from the ranked nominees forwarded by the College Awards Committees.  The name(s) of the award recipient(s) shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Academic Senate and shall be announced..