Author: Cheryl Galli

The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award

The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award is designed to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in service to the University of Connecticut that far exceeds reasonable expectations of their positions. The award will honor faculty whose volunteer service (i.e., not that assigned as part of one’s job description or expectations in teaching, research or assigned service) is exemplary in enhancing the University’s mission in teaching, research, service, or engagement. Ordinarily, the awards would be bestowed on those whose service is voluntary, individually or on committees. The case should be made in the formal nomination and in supporting letters, that the nature of the service goes beyond promoting one’s own research or teaching, or extending service through extension activities.

By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.

Normally, there will be up to two awards each year. Recipients of the Provost’s Outstanding Service Award will be current UConn faculty who have extraordinary records of service in committees and/ or university volunteer activities.

Submission Procedure

Nominations are due to Brandon Murray ( by 15 February each year. The recipient(s) of the award and the other applicants, will be notified of the Awards Committee’s decision in writing no later than 20 March and honored in April each year at a reception organized by the Provost’s Office.

Nomination Materials

  • One Letter of Nomination that details in what ways the faculty member has made long term (the Nominee must have been employed at the University of Connecticut for at least five years), and extraordinary service contributions to the University. Self nominations will normally not be accepted.
  • List of the Service Contributions the nominee has made to the University, with various kinds of service distributed among categories.
  • A minimum of two additional Letters of Support (in addition to the Letter of Nomination) from persons who have the ability to judge the significance of the nominee’s service contributions. Of course, letters from outside the nominee’s department or college/school could provide more evidence of notable service.
  • An individual may receive this award once.

Awards Committee

Strong contributors to University Service, including one person who has been a past Service Award recipient.



Hedley Freake, Nutritional Sciences

Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh, Political Science

2016-2017 Senate Meeting Dates

The University Senate will meet on the following dates from 4:00-6:00pm in the Rome Ballroom, South Campus, Storrs Campus.

Senator who are unable to attend a meeting should contact Cheryl Galli.

Monday, September 12, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Monday, February 6, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017

Save the Date! 2016 PTR Forum – Friday, April 1

The Faculty Standards Committee of the University Senate is pleased to announce the upcoming forum regarding Faculty Promotion, Tenure & Reappointment (PTR) to be held Friday, April 1st from 3:00-5:00pm.

The program will begin with a large group session in room 304 A&B of the Student Union with Provost Choi and Vice Provost Reis outlining PTR procedures at the University of Connecticut. This large group meeting will be followed by breakout sessions led by Deans (or their designee) outlining the nuances of the PTR process specific to each school/college.

Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not necessary.

Call for Nominations – GEOC Chair

The University Senate Nominating Committee invites nominations and self-nominations for the position of Chair of the General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC). Nominations and self-nominations in the form of an email of interest should be forwarded to Cheryl Galli in the University Senate Office, by December 15, 2015.

The chair of the GEOC is responsible for the management of the General Education course proposal review process and the continued oversight of the curriculum. Because of the unusually demanding nature of this position, the chair is given 50% release time and provided with administrative support. The chair reports to both the University Senate and the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, serves one three-year term and shall not be re-appointed. Because the GEOC is a subcommittee of a Senate committee, the chair need not be a Senator.


The purpose of General Education is to ensure that all University of Connecticut undergraduate students become articulate and acquire intellectual breadth and versatility, critical judgment, moral sensitivity, awareness of their era and society, consciousness of the diversity of human culture and experience, and a working understanding of the processes by which they can continue to acquire and use knowledge

General Education Requirements are overseen by GEOC, a faculty group appointed by the Senate and representative of the Schools and Colleges. The GEOC monitors the General Education curriculum and works in association with the Office of Undergraduate Education and Instruction. Financial support for the activity of the GEOC comes from the Office of the Provost.


The GEOC is charged with:

  • setting the criteria for approving all course proposals for the Content and Competency Areas;
  • setting the criteria for entrance and exit requirements for the Competency Areas;
  • developing policy regarding the delivery of the University-wide General Education program;
  • reviewing and approving courses proposed for inclusion in the General Education Requirements;
  • determining the resources necessary to deliver the General Education Curriculum;
  • monitoring periodically courses that satisfy General Education Requirements to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria adopted by the Senate; and
  • reviewing the University-wide General Education program to ensure that its goals are being met and recommending changes to the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee when appropriate.


More information on the GEOC can be found at