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THE ASSOCIATION OF FORMER STUDENTS UNIVERSITY LEVEL DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Since 1955 The Association of Former Students has recognized outstanding members of Texas A&M University’s faculty and staff for their commitment, performance and positive impact on Aggie students, Texas citizens and the world around them.

Each year The Association of Former Students generously makes funds available to provide faculty and staff at Texas A&M with a number of awards recognizing achievement in teaching, research, individual student relationships, continuing education/extension, graduate mentoring, staff and administration. Receipt of an Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award is one of the highest university honors that can be bestowed upon a faculty or staff member.

 
Current Guidelines: 2020-2021 Association of Former Students University Level Distinguished Achievement Guidelines

Previous Guidelines: 2019-2020 Association of Former Students University Level Distinguished Achievement Guidelines
 
Selection Committee Makeup: 
Each member will be assigned to a sub-committee by the Dean of Faculties and will participate in the reading and evaluation of nomination packages and the selection of winners in that award category. 
Sub-committees should hold additional meetings, as needed, between the time of the meeting and the time that voting ballots are completed.  Electronic deliberations are allowable.
  1. The specific number of individuals per category for each college are listed in the Table 2. College should email the names and contact information for Selection Committee member(s) to the Office of the Dean of Faculties, at awardsprograms@tamu.edu.
NOTE: Notify Selection Committee members before submitting names to the Office of the Dean of Faculties to ensure willingness to serve and availability for the mandatory selection committee meeting (Table 1).
  1. Individuals with the title of department head, dean, director of an A&M System member, assistant vice president, associate vice president, vice president, executive vice president, and president are not eligible to serve on the Selection Committee.  However, individuals with titles that include the modifiers of assistant or associate for department head, dean, or director of an A&M System member may serve.
     
  2. Except for the Dean of Faculties, who serves as the chair of the Selection Committee, no member may serve on the committee for more than two consecutive years.
     
  3. Individuals who are nominated for awards may not serve on the Selection Committee.  If an individual that is chosen for the committee ends up being nominated, please contact Sandra Harnden in the Office of the Dean of Faculties immediately with the name and contact information for a replacement.
     
  4. Selection Committee members must be available to attend the mandatory selection committee meeting (Table 1), subsequent subcommittee meetings, and make time in their schedules to thoroughly review the nomination packages.
     
  5. The identity of the members on the Selection Committee and the proceedings of the committee are confidential.
     
  6. Great care should be taken to ensure that all members of the Selection Committee fully understand the significance of the awards and the necessity for maintaining the integrity of the awards.
 
  1. You are encouraged to promote diversity reflective of the constituencies of Texas A&M University when choosing representatives for this Selection Committee.
Table 1 Important Dates
 
November 6, 2020 Submit selection committee names to
Office of the Dean of Faculties by 5 p.m.
January 8, 2021 Submit award nominations to
Office of the Dean of Faculties by 12 p.m.
January 21, 2021 Selection committee initial meeting
Attendance MANDATORY for ALL committee members
March 8-22, 2020 Colleges/Areas must notify award recipients
No later than 5 p.m. March 20, 2020
March 23-26, 2020 Recipients names released to the University
community and news media
April 2021 Distinguished Achievement Awards Ceremony


Table 2.  Selection Committee Composition 
COLLEGE/UNIT FACULTY REPS STAFF REPS STUDENTS GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD REPS
Provost & Executive Vice President None this year 1 staff member for Ext & Outreach subcommittee    
Agriculture & Life Sciences 1 faculty member for Research Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Architecture 1 faculty member for Teaching Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Bush School of Government & Public Service None this year 1 staff member for Ext & Outreach Subcommittee   1 faculty member
Education & Human Development 1 faculty member for Research Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Engineering None this year 1 staff member for Administration Subcommittee   1 faculty member
Geosciences 1 faculty member for Teaching Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Liberal Arts None this year 1 staff member for Staff Subcommittee   1 faculty member
Mays Business School 1 faculty member for Teaching Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Science None this year None this year   1 faculty member
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences 1 faculty member for Graduate Mentoring None this year   1 faculty member
Dentistry None this year None this year   1 faculty member
Medicine None this year None this year   1 faculty member
Nursing 1 faculty member for Teaching Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Pharmacy None this year 1 staff member for Administration Subcommittee   1 faculty member
School of Public Health 1 faculty member for Research Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Law School 1 faculty member for Teaching Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
Texas A&M University at Galveston None this year 1 staff member for ISR Subcommittee   1 faculty member
University Libraries 1 faculty member for Administration Subcommittee None this year   1 faculty member
AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension 1 faculty member for Research Subcommittee None this year    
AgriLife Extension None this year None this year    
TEES and TEEX 1 faculty member for Ext & Outreach Subcommittee None this year    
Center for Teaching Excellence None this year None this year    
Faculty Senate 1 faculty member for Teaching Subcomittee      
Corps of Cadets   1 staff member each year    
Graduate Student Council     1 current student  
Student Government Association     1 current student  
The Association of Former Students     4 former students  
TOTAL AFS-DAA COMMITTEE MEMBERS  14 Faculty 12 Staff 6 Students  
TOTAL AFS-DAA COMMITTEE MEMBERS        18

 
The Association of Former Students University Level Distinguished Achievement Award Selection Committee List:
2019-2020 Selection Committee
2018-2019 Selection Committee

 
The Association of Former Students University Level Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient List:
All Association of Former Students University Level Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients
2020 Recipient Announcement