University Faculty Service Recognition

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Each year, faculty members volunteer their time to serve on the University’s faculty committees, which maintain operations critical to University governance and the stewardship of Princeton’s academic programs.

Recognizing that faculty contribute significantly to Princeton’s academic mission through service, in addition to research and teaching, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty has established an annual reception and award to recognize the contributions of faculty members’ time and effort to University committees.

University Faculty Service Reception

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Each spring, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty hosts the University Faculty Service Reception to recognize faculty members’ exceptional dedication and contributions to standing University committees.

Active members of faculty committees are invited to this annual event. For more information, please contact Julia Gilbert, assistant to the clerk of the faculty.

Distinguished Faculty Service Award

The Distinguished Faculty Service Award is given annually to faculty who have made exceptional contributions in service to Princeton on University-wide committees or projects. All faculty who qualify for service on a faculty committee are eligible to be nominated. Winners receive a monetary award of $5,000 and are honored at a dinner in early February; they must be available to attend the dinner to be eligible.

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Faculty from any department, program or institute at Princeton can be nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Each nomination should include a statement setting forth the reasons for the recommendation, the candidate’s CV, and other supporting evidence, such as letters from faculty colleagues or administrators. All nominations are reviewed by a University-wide committee consisting of the dean of the faculty, the dean of the graduate school, the dean of the college, the vice dean for diversity and inclusion, the clerk of the faculty, and, beginning in 2025, two past winners.

The nomination form for the 2025 award will open on May 31, 2024. Please check back on this page at that time for more details.