Prior to formal submission of the complete dossier, each nominator must submit a letter of intent naming the individual to be nominated and indicating whether the nomination is for a Provost Professorship and/or the Sonneborn Award. This letter is due by 5 p.m. on November 1 at Bryan Hall Room 111.
The official nomination letter, which should be in the dossier, should not exceed three typed pages. This letter should be concise, substantive, and specific. It should demonstrate why the faculty member being nominated makes a unique contribution. In particular, it must address and cite evidence concerning:
- Why the research/creative activity is extraordinary in quality and originality and has had an impact on other researchers (ideas, theory, or methods) at Indiana University, nationally, and worldwide. Specific examples should be included.
- Why the candidate is an outstanding teacher both in and outside of the classroom. We are especially interested in teaching creatively and the influence on both undergraduate and graduate students. The letter should also cite specific, concrete examples such as outstanding curricula development, high quality textbooks, online courses created, and so forth. It should also cite evidence of effectiveness not only from teaching evaluations from students and alumni, but also from substantive, direct peer observations by several colleagues, exit interviews, BEST summaries, scholarship of teaching and learning activities, and so on.
- Why the individual’s teaching and research are complementary and reinforcing.
The typical dossier has six letters of support that evaluate outstanding achievement in the areas of teaching and research/creative activity.
Each of the letters of recommendation should be no longer than two typed pages. Each letter should be solicited by the nominator but addressed and mailed/emailed directly to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
Letters of support may be solicited from faculty at IU or elsewhere, current and former students, or any other knowledgeable individuals inside or outside of IU Bloomington.
Include a current curriculum vitae.
Include a current list of the candidate’s teaching activities, including the type of teaching, the section number, name, and size of the courses, or the number of students receiving one-on-one instruction taught during the last five years.
Information about awards to past students and/or publications or employment of past students is also relevant.
A total of no more than eight pieces of evidence of the candidate’s best work in each area of research/creative activity and teaching output should be included in the dossier.
The committee values quality of documentation rather than quantity.