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 are tasked with service activities beyond what is usually expected of faculty members.

Such service promotes the university’s interest in having a broad range of perspectives represented on important committees, engaging in governance, advising students, and taking on roles to support the university as an inclusive institution. The consequence for the faculty members providing disproportionately heavy service responsibilities, however, is that they have less time to satisfy the individual research requirements for promotion and professional advancement.

The program seeks to partially address the unintended consequences of exceptional service contribution through faculty release time from teaching. Central funds will be provided to departments to hire an instructor to cover a single course during the 2022-23 academic year. The total amount of the award is $8,000 and will be provided as 101 funds. The program is open to assistant and associate professors. We expect to provide awards for up to 10 faculty this year.

2021-22 Nomination Process

Nominations are initiated by the department chair or mentor. Nominations should identify the course from which the nominee would be released and describe the work the nominee has done to advance the mission of the university through service. Nominations should include a brief chair’s letter supporting the nomination (if the chair is not the nominator) and a cover letter from the school/college dean.

Final nomination packages should be uploaded to Box as a single PDF file no later than 28 January 2022. Please name your file “School/CollegeName-NomineeLastName-SubmissionDate.pdf” (for example: Engineering-Smith-January152022.pdf.)

Nominations will be evaluated by a small group that includes individuals from the Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs office and the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer. Awards will be announced by the end of February 2022.

Upload a Nomination

All nomination packages should be uploaded to Box.


Beth Meyerand
Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs
Office of the Provost