John S. Hinckley Fellow Award

Explanation of Award

The John S. Hinckley Fellow Award goes to a faculty member who has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service.


The recipient of the John S. Hinckley Fellow Award must demonstrate that she or he has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service.


The Hinckley Fellow receives a $4,000 cash award (less benefits and withholding taxes) OR $4,000 in unrestricted support (any equipment purchased as support becomes the property of WSU).

Nomination Process

Email ( a one to two-page letter of nomination that describes the faculty member's accomplishments in each of the following areas:

  1. Teaching: Include evidence of student success, peer reviews, innovations, teaching awards, regional/national impact, etc.
  2. Scholarship: Include evidence of publications, speeches, funded grants, scholarship awards, regional/national reputation, impact on student learning, etc.
  3. Service: Include evidence of impact on WSU and regional/national organizations, service awards, etc.

In addition, provide names of three people who are familiar with the nominee’s work to serve as references. If possible, at least one reference should be a former student who has personally benefited from the person being nominated. 

If the nomination is accepted, the nominee must submit a brief (three to five page) resume addressing the award criteria and a copy of their most recent peer evaluation of teaching effectiveness. 

References will be asked to submit one to two-page letters that address the award criteria.

Faculty are not eligible to receive a second award for five years.

Responsibility of Recipient

The Hinckley Fellow recipient will present a lecture during the subsequent academic year.


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