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Responsibilities of the Nominator

It is the Nominator’s responsibility to enlist three-four other people to write letters in support of a worthy nominee. In recruiting other supporters for a nominee, it is important to ask individuals who are genuinely enthusiastic and who honestly believe that the nominee is worthy of the award or Mastership. If the nominee has strong teaching qualifications (for Mastership or for an award relating to teaching), it is often appropriate to have one or more letters from current or former students/trainees of the nominee.

The Nominator should collect these letters and also obtain the nominee’s curriculum vitae with full bibliography. Ancillary materials, such as copies of books authored, magazine articles, etc., will not be accepted. Once all materials have been collected, the Nominator should complete the Nomination Submission Form. The nominator will need the following information available when filling out the form:

  • Nominator’s full name and ACP number
  • Full name of nominee
  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of nomination
  • Mastership: three supporting letters (.doc or .pdf format only)
  • National Awards: two supporting letters (.doc or .pdf format only)

You will also be asked to compose a short bio sketch of no longer than 175 words for the nominee. It is best to draft the biographical vignette to be pasted into the form; if you navigate away from the form before submitting, the information will not be saved. All information must be entered to submit. An acknowledgment will be sent electronically when the submission is received and the Nominator will be advised of any problems or issues that may arise.

It is generally better NOT to let the nominee know about the nomination. Both awards and Masterships are competitive, not all those nominated are selected, and those not selected can be disappointed if they find this out. All Nominators will receive a list of winners following approval by the Board of Regents in early December. Nominators should advise supporters of the outcome.

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