University Faculty Awards


Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching



President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley and his late wife, Verona Daniels Danieley, established the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching in honor of their parents to give recognition to outstanding teachers.

Guidelines for Nomination

The following people may nominate a candidate for this award:

  • Each faculty member or academic department
  • Each administrative staff member
  • Seniors who are members of Phi Kappa Phi and/or Omicron Delta Kappa, and/or seniors who are slated to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in the spring.

Each nominator may put forth the name of one nominee only. 

The nomination must include a letter of support containing the following:

  • Name and department of the nominee, plus the name of the nominator
  • A description of the nominee’s creative, innovative, effective methods of teaching at Elon
  • Evidence of the nominee’s contributions to student learning
  • Any information pertinent to the nomination, such as the nominee’s role in curriculum development at Elon or involvement in scholarly activities related to teaching and learning.

Competitive nominations usually include two to five letters commenting on the candidate from different perspectives (for example, one letter from colleagues and one from former students). Nominators may include supplemental materials, but the entire nomination packet should not exceed 20 pages.

Nominations should meet the following criteria:

  • Nominees must be full-time faculty
  • Because this award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, preference ordinarily will be given to candidates with 7+ years of teaching at Elon.

Process of Decision

A selection committee consisting of three senior members of the Elon faculty, two previous Daniels-Danieley Award recipients, and one student from each honor society (PBK, ODK and PKP) evaluates the nomination materials and chooses a recipient by secret ballot.

Nature of the Award

The recipient will be honored at the annual faculty-staff awards luncheon with a plaque and a cash award. The recipient is automatically invited to present a mini-course in the following year’s Family Weekend.

Distinguished Scholar Award



The Faculty Research and Development Committee offers a Distinguished Scholar Award to recognize an outstanding scholar among the Elon faculty. The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes and honors excellence in scholarship. This excellence must be acknowledged by both the Elon community and by the larger community of the candidate’s discipline.

Guidelines for Nomination

Nominations must originate from individuals holding faculty rank at Elon University and be supported through letters of recommendation by colleagues qualified to judge the candidate’s work.

General criteria include:

  • The nominee is a full-time member of the Elon University faculty.
  • The nominee has made an original contribution to his or her field.
  • The nominee’s contribution has been exposed to critical appraisal by professional peers through publication, exhibition, or personal presentations.
  • The nominee has shown evidence that his or her creative activity has been prolonged and is ongoing. One indication of this would be a record of publications, presentations, artistic performances, or exhibitions spanning a period of time including the present or recent past.
  • The nominee must have completed a significant amount of scholarly work during his/her affiliation with Elon. Scholarly activities completed prior to joining Elon may serve to strengthen a potential recipient’s nomination.
  • The nominee normally will have completed at least four years of full-time teaching and service at Elon University prior to being eligible for nomination.
  • The Provost/Executive Vice President will solicit nominations for the Distinguished Scholar Award in the fall semester. Nominations originate from the faculty and should be sent to the chair of the Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee. Members of the selection committee are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominees will submit a portfolio in support of their candidacy.
  • Nominees will solicit at least four, no more than eight, letters of recommendation in support of their scholarship from colleagues qualified to judge their work. At least one of the letters must come from a colleague of faculty rank employed by Elon and at least three from faculty colleagues not employed by Elon University. Nominees who are applying again may use letters from the previous three years.

Process of Decision

  • Each year, prior to the solicitation of nominations, the Faculty Research and Development Committee will establish a Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee of five teaching faculty members to select the award recipient. The committee will consist of:
  • At least two members from the Faculty Research and Development Committee
  • At least two members appointed by the Faculty Research and Development Committee from outside its membership
  • At least the previous year’s recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award (recipients from previous years may also assist in the selection process).
  • Whenever possible, the members of the Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee will be chosen to provide representation for the Schools of Business, Education, Health Sciences, Communications, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • If there is no recipient in a particular year, the following year the Chair of the Faculty Research and Development Committee will serve in the place of the previous year’s recipient.
  • The Chair of Faculty Research and Development Committee will appoint as chair the committee member who has served on the Distinguished Scholar Committee the previous year.
  • The Selection Committee’s decision will be reported to the Chair of the Faculty Research and Development Committee. That person will report the decision to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs who will arrange for plaque, stipend, and presentation of the award.
  • The Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee will select no more than one recipient per year.
  • Award recipients are not eligible to be re-nominated for at least four academic years.

Nature of the Award

The recipient will be honored at the annual faculty-staff awards luncheon with a plaque and a cash award. The recipient will deliver a plenary Distinguished Scholar Lecture during the subsequent academic year.

Periclean Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility



The Periclean Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility is presented each year to a member of Elon's faculty or staff whose service to the broader community exemplifies the ideals of Project Pericles, a national initiative of the Eugene Lang Foundation, which advocates and supports the preparation of young women and men for socially responsible citizenship in a democratic society. Elon is one of ten colleges and universities nationwide to join Project Pericles, an initiative sponsored by the Eugene Lang Foundation, which challenges institutions to provide a learning experience that will “instill in students an abiding and active sense of social responsibility and civic concern.” This award recognizes a member of Elon University’s faculty or staff who has selflessly given time and talent to serve in the larger community.

Guidelines for Nomination

All full-time faculty and staff are eligible to make and receive nominations for the annual Periclean Award by submitting a letter explaining why the nominee is deserving of this award. The letter should cite specific examples of the nominee’s work which exemplify the Periclean ideals of civic engagement and social responsibility.  Nominations should be submitted to the Director of Project Pericles in April.

Process of Decision

The nominations are reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff assembled by the Director of Project Pericles. The committee includes at least one previous award recipient.

Nature of the Award

The recipient will be honored at the annual faculty-staff awards luncheon with a plaque and a cash award.

The Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award



This award recognizes one faculty or staff member who has served as a valuable mentor and trusted advisor to students in and out of the classroom.

The recipient must have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the intellectual and holistic development of students; provided information or opportunities to help students reach their academic or career goals; monitored student progress toward those goals and offered advice when needed; encouraged students to pursue meaningful academic internships, fellowships, and post-graduate opportunities; and advised student programs, projects, clubs, or organizations.

Guidelines for Nomination

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Provost by April 1st .

Nominations must include one letter that addresses the award criteria and is no longer than three pages, as well as two testimonials from students who can provide evidence of outstanding mentoring by the nominee. Student testimonials must be no longer than three pages each.

Process of Decision

The Provost/Executive Vice President appoints a committee composed from the faculty, staff, and administrators to review all nominations. A committee member may not be nominated for the award. To be eligible for this award, an individual cannot have received the award previously and must have been a full-time employee at Elon University for at least five years.

The committee recommends the top candidate for the award to the Provost/Executive Vice President.

Nature of the Award

The recipient will be honored at the annual faculty-staff awards luncheon with a plaque and a cash award. In addition, the Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award provides $3,500, available for three years, to support faculty-student mentoring activities.

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