Alvin S. Bynum Mentor Award

Alvin S. Bynum Award for Excellence in Academic Mentoring Highlights
  • All full- and part-time faculty and academic staff members.
    • Including advisors, mentors, and counselors at the PAC, PAO, PAE, and PAL, employee classification.
  • Criteria for selection include the mentor’s cumulative impact on the lives of students, commitment to student development, and the ability to project and instill enthusiasm and pride.
  • The emphasis in selection of award recipients will be on out-of-class mentoring activities, not in-class teaching.
  • The awards are designed for individuals recognized by students and colleagues as having made truly extraordinary contributions.
  • Nominees may include persons working with undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional students, although the selection committee will place a priority on undergraduate mentoring.
  • Nomination and support letters must speak to the candidate’s extraordinary service as an academic advisor or personal mentor to students over a period of several years and who have, thus, demonstrated a cumulative impact on the quality of learning available at IU Indianapolis.
Nomination Process
  • Any member of the campus community may serve as a nominator. Nominations prepared jointly by faculty and students are encouraged.
  • Complete the electronic form and upload the required documentation.
    • Please verify that your candidate meets all eligibility requirements and that you have access to all relevant information before submitting your nomination.
  • The review committee will be comprised of past winners of the Bynum Mentor Award.


For questions regarding the nomination process for the Alvin S. Bynum Award for Excellence in Academic Mentoring, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at ude[dot]ui[at]aao.