A Call For Provost’s Pillar Award Nominations

A Call For Provost’s Pillar Award Nominations

Alliant International University I-MERIT

The Alliant International University Pillar Award honors and celebrates a member of the Alliant community (student, staff or core faculty member) who embodies the spirit of I-MERIT. The award honors a member who has demonstrated a passion and commitment to endeavors—above and beyond one’s job duties or school requirements—to fulfill I-MERIT’s mission of International and Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention and Training.

Nominees should have made substantial contributions resulting in significant impact on a campus, the university, the broader community, nation or world in one or more of the following areas:

International–Multicultural: Integrating Alliant’s proposed intercultural competencies and/or similarly integrating international and multicultural competencies in one or more areas of education, intervention and training within Alliant’s community or for the outside world.

Education: Infusing Alliant education (in terms of teaching, service learning, research/scholarship and mentoring/advising students) consistent with the intercultural competencies or A-IMPACT2 with novel pedagogy, teaching techniques and ways of creating rich experiences for students and/or the community to understand, address and solve real world problems locally and around the world.

Intervention: Serving as an exemplary role model in intercultural competency with respect to recognizing, intervening, resolving and promoting best practices in the classroom and workplace in ways that maintain an inclusive, collective and vibrant climate—consistent with Alliant’s values—for Alliant’s extended community.

Training: Demonstrating leadership (formal or informal) with respect to promoting opportunities for intercultural competency growth in Alliant’s areas of professional practice through planning or coordinating initiatives, workshops, colloquia and events that offer greater recognition and understanding of social justice action needed to address urgent needs and/or injustices impacting the communities in which we live and work as well as global communities.


Self-nominations will be accepted; nominators may remain anonymous.

Nominations Due: March 9, 2015 (A statement of nomination and brief rationale is sufficient)

Applications Due: March 31, 2015

Announcement: Week of April 13, 2015

Nominations will be evaluated based on:

  1. The nature, scope and breadth of the individual’s contributions relating to I-MERIT’s name and mission.
  2. The impact of the person’s service on the extended Alliant community.
  3. The enhancement of Alliant’s presence in the broader professional community locally and/or across the world.

Please forward nominations to Janie Pinterits at jpinterits@alliant.edu