Exceptional Service Support Program

The Exceptional Service Support Program acknowledges and supports assistant and associate professors, especially women and those from historically underrepresented groups, who perform service activities beyond what is expected of tenure-track and tenured faculty members.

Such service allows for a broad range of perspectives and experiences to be included in committees, shared governance, and student advising. However, disproportionately heavy service responsibilities mean faculty have less time to complete the requirements for promotion and professional advancement.

The Exceptional Service Support Program addresses these issues by granting release time from teaching one course. Central funds of $8,000 will be provided to departments to hire an instructor to teach one course during the 2023-2024 academic year. The program is open to tenure-track assistant professors and tenured associate professors. We expect to provide awards for up to 12 faculty this year.

Transfer of Funds

Funds will be added to the school, college, or division FY24 budget planning allocation.

Submitting a Nomination

Nomination Criteria

Strong nominations will address:

  1. What the nominee has done to advance the mission of the university through service
  2. The course from which the nominee would be released


Applications are accepted until Dec. 6, 2022. We anticipate reviewing nominations in December 2022 and announcing award recipients in January 2023.

Application Process

The department submits nominations to the Office of the Provost. The department chair or mentor may nominate an assistant or associate professor.

  1. Create a single PDF file for each nomination that includes:
    • Chair’s cover memo, if the chair is not the nominator
    • The nomination from the chair or mentor
  2. Name the file “NomineeLastName-SchoolCollegeDivision-DateSubmitted” (for example, Smith-Education-2022-12-06.pdf)
  3. Upload the file to the Exceptional Service Box folder
  4. Representatives from the Office of the Provost review proposals and notify the Dean, Chair, and nominator of their decision.