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The AAG Excellence in Mentoring Award

Deadline: September 15, annually

The AAG Excellence in Mentoring award is given annually to an individual geographer , group, or department who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in building supportive academic and professional environments in their departments, associations, and institutions and guiding the academic and or professional growth of their students and junior colleagues. Nominations are sought to recognize individuals, groups, or departments who have increased the number of students and faculty from underrepresented groups, improved the quality of their participation in geography or who have impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution toward greater inclusion. Self nominations are also welcomed.

Eligibility: Individual geographers, groups, or departments are eligible for nomination. Nominations from a wide spectrum of mentors in the geography community are encouraged, including from academic, public, private, and non-profit sectors. The relationship may be between mentor and students or mentor and junior faculty or employees. Posthumous nominations are generally not accepted.

Criteria: The award will honor individuals, groups, or departments who consistently do one or more of the following:

  1. Have succeeded in establishing formal, informal, or quasi formal channels for providing support to students, junior faculty and/or employees
  2. Have a proven track record of successfully graduating students and setting them off into academic or other positions.
  3. Support junior peers (not necessarily from their own institution) to advance, including but not limited to areas such as promotion, tenure, portfolio development, peer-reviewed research, publishing, course development, project development, grant writing, community engagement, or other activities related to career growth in academia, public, or private sectors.
  4. Offer sound counsel and valuable information to their mentees in order to advance and develop the mentee’s own path to academic and professional success.
  5. Generously share their valuable time and expertise in improving the mentee’s work.
  6. Help to create a vital and engaged geography community at their home Institution or association.
  7. Involve students, junior faculty and/or employees in projects, publications, grants and conferences, as well as readily sharing knowledge of such opportunities.
  8. Make others aware of the contributions and value of their students, junior faculty, and/or employees.
  9. Serve as role models for their colleagues by maintaining high standards for excellence and engagement.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and to the particular advising and mentoring needs of individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  11. Have developed and carried out specific practices that are replicable, effective and highly valued.
  12. Other evidence of mentoring that warrants recognition.

Nominations: To make nominations for the AAG Excellence in Mentoring Award, include the complete name and address of the nominee, curriculum vitae for the nominee (if the nominee is an individual geographer), and a concise (500 words maximum) yet specific description of the accomplishments that warrant selection according to the above criteria. Up to three supporting letters from other individuals (including mentees) may also be submitted. (Self-nominations are accepted with supporting letters from mentees). The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 15.

Submissions: Digital submissions are strongly preferred. Nomination materials that are emailed as a single attachment in an Adobe Acrobat pdf file without password protection are greatly appreciated. Send nominations to grantsawards@aag.org with AAG Excellence in Mentoring Award as the subject line. Receipt will be acknowledged within 2 business days or less. Alternately, hard copy of nominations can be sent to: Association of American Geographers, Attn: AAG Excellence in Mentoring Award, 1710 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20009-3198.

Selections: Nominations for The AAG Excellence in Mentoring Award will be reviewed jointly by the AAG Enhancing Diversity Committee and the Committee on the Status of Women in Geography. A single awardee will be recommended to be approved by the AAG Council at their Fall meeting. No monetary prize is provided. Awards are presented at the Awards Luncheon during the AAG’s Annual Meeting. The Awardee(s) will be invited to participate in an interview or publication that identifies and promotes specific mentoring practices that are replicable, effective and highly valued in order for these actions to be shared with the broader AAG community.