Recognizing Faculty for Exemplary Educational Contributions

The Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award, formally known as Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP Faculty Excellence Award initiated in 2001, provides an opportunity for Baylor College of Medicine faculty who meet designated standards of quality, quantity and breadth to receive recognition for their sustained (at least four to five years), exemplary educational contributions to the College.

Award Categories

Faculty can receive a Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award in four categories: Teaching and EvaluationDevelopment of Enduring Educational MaterialsEducational Leadership, and Educational Research. To receive an award, a faculty member needs to submit a mini-portfolio presenting evidence of their educational contributions specific to an award category. This mini-portfolio is reviewed by a panel of faculty, similar to an NIH grant-review study section. Those meeting the criteria will receive the award. There is a separate process for Full Professors with different submission requirements.

Review Process

Given the height of the standard and the rigor of the review process, recipients serve as role models of distinguished educators for learners at all levels in the institution. Because the criterion-based review process is designed to focus on applicants' educational contributions and achievements, the chair of the Review Panel will seek input from department chairs or their designees about another important attribute expected of role models, that of consistently behaving in a professional manner toward learners, patients, staff and peers (i.e., professionalism). Once an application is received, the Office of Faculty Development will send a request to the chair of the applicant's department to sign a statement to this effect. Here is the letter that our office will send to your chair.

Academy of Distinguished Educators Membership

Each time a faculty member receives a Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award, the recipient will receive a plaque. More importantly, starting in 2014 the recipient will be eligible for a five-year membership in the Academy of Distinguished Educators. Privileges of membership in this academy will include:

  • Participation in annual academy events (e.g., celebration dinner)
  • Invitation to serve as mentor to junior faculty and other leadership opportunities
  • Direct communication from the Office of Faculty Development about important educational issues and events
  • Funding opportunity for an Academy of Distinguished Educators competitive educational mini-grant program. Funds (maximum $5,000 per grant) can be used for equipment, travel and personnel in support of educational projects.