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The John W. Davison Outstanding Teacher of the Year


The John W. Davison Outstanding Teacher Award is presented annually to a Fort Valley State University faculty member who is judged to have best demonstrated the traits of a successful teacher and an outstanding educator. The recipient of the award receives a $2,500 cash stipend and his/her name is inscribed on a plaque permanently displayed in Founders Hall.


The nominee shall:

  1. Be a full-time, tenured or tenure track member of the faculty for at least two academic years;
  2. Not have been selected as a John W. Davison Outstanding teacher within the last three years.

The nominator shall:

  1. Be a full-time member of the FVSU faculty, staff, administration or student body who has been at the institution at least one year;
  2. Write a letter of nomination and submit it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, stating why the nominee is qualified to receive the outstanding teacher award. The letter of nomination shall be one to two typewritten pages in length.


  1. On or before April 7, 2010, nominators shall send letters of nomination for the John W. Davison Outstanding Teacher Award to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  2. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify each nominee of his/her selection as a candidate for the award.
  3. On or before April 16, 2010, each nominee shall submit to the Vice President for Academic Affairs a portfolio which contains the following (for exceptions, consult the Vice President in advance):
    1. Prefatory Materials
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • Copies of annual evaluations for the past two years
      • A comprehensive statement entitled, “Perspectives on Key Issues Facing Higher Education”
      • Recommended strategies for improving the teaching/learning processes for students of the millennial generation.
    2. An Extensive Resume, Divided According to Three Categories
      • Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching (to include summary data of student evaluations of instruction for the past two years)
      • Scholarly Achievements and Contributions to the Profession
      • Services to the University and Community.

Candidates should submit no additional documentation.

  1. The 2010 Screening Committee – appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and consisting of faculty representatives from each college, previous honorees, and two students – will evaluate the candidates in the three areas, weighted as follows: 1) Teaching - 70%; 2) Scholarship - 20%; and 3) Service - 10%.
  2. The Screening Committee will evaluate credentials of those who have submitted the required materials. The committee may wish to interview nominees or request additional documentation.

The Committee will submit recommendations to the President, and the 2010 John W. Davison Outstanding Teacher Award will be presented during Spring Commencement.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Fax: 478-825-6057

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