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The Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award

The Graduate College is delighted to announce this year’s competition for The Graduate College’s Outstanding Mentor Award. This award recognizes and honors a faculty member who has had outstanding success in mentoring graduate students. The award eligibility criteria specified in the nomination materials are aligned with the criteria established by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) for their outstanding mentor award.  As a result, the campus winner is also eligible for the CSGS competition.

  Award Details

$2,500, to be paid into the faculty member’s research account. In addition, The Graduate College will enter the winner into the CSGS Outstanding Mentor Award competition. The CSGS winner will be awarded an additional $1,000 plus registration expenses to attend the 2022 CSGS Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC (February 17-19, 2022), where the CSGS award will be presented.


  1. Any full-time tenured faculty member at Texas State University who has successfully mentored a cadre of graduate students at the master's or doctoral level. Faculty members employed in The Graduate College and previous award recipients are ineligible for this award. Packets of previously nominated but not selected individuals can be updated and resubmitted.
  2. Nominees must have gained distinction as a mentor on campus with an established reputation for:
    • Facilitating student learning by making complex ideas understandable and meaningful to students.
    • Establishing and maintaining high academic standards.
    • Serving as a positive role model of a professional, with personal integrity, high ethical standards, and achievable standards for personal excellence.
    • Consistent and ongoing guidance of students regarding resources within and outside the university, conflict resolution, and advocacy for completion of the program of study in a timely manner.
    • Substantially influencing the academic and professional pursuits of students through activities such as funded research, co-authorship on publications, and co-presentations at national or international conferences.
  3. Nominees must have a demonstrated and continuing success as a mentor over a significant portion of their career.

  Nomination Requirements

The nomination must be submitted either by one of the faculty member’s former students (i.e., alumni of Texas State University) or from a colleague; faculty members may not nominate themselves. Nominations must include the following materials and must be submitted as a complete packet in one single PDF. Nominations that do not adhere strictly to these instructions will not be considered:

  • A summary (2-page maximum) of the nominee's qualifications for the award. This document can consist of a bulleted list. It should include the name of the nominee, their program, and the name of the nominator.  No separate nomination letter is needed.
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae of the nominee (8-page maximum)
  • Five letters of recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation (each letter is limited to 2 pages) from former graduate students (i.e., alumni of Texas State University and not current graduate students) attesting to the mentoring provided by the nominee. The recommender must provide evidence of how the nominee contributed to the recommender's success and achievements.
    • Two letters of support from departmental colleagues (each letter is limited to 2 pages).  The letter must provide specific examples of the nominee’s efforts on behalf of her/his students.

Please do not include additional documents (i.e., please do not provide a cover letter, cover page, or table of contents).

  Deadline: October 18

A single PDF of the complete nomination packet must be received by The Graduate College by October 18, 2021. The PDF must be emailed to Please include “The Graduate College’s Outstanding Mentor Award” in the subject line.

  Selection Process

A committee appointed by the Graduate Dean will make recommendations to the Dean of The Graduate College. The Dean will make the final selection.


Please address questions to Graduate Dean Andrea Golato at