Distinguished Awards Plaque

Distinguished Faculty Award

Each year, El Camino College honors a full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and classified staff employee for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to their students, the College, and their profession.

Awards Overview

The El Camino College Distinguished Faculty Award is presented annually to a faculty member whose contributions demonstrate commitment to outstanding service to the District. 

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the college community, students past and present, or persons in the community-at-large.  Faculty members may also nominate themselves.


The recipient will be honored at the Distinguished Faculty & Staff Awards Reception and will be presented with a monetary award ($2,000) from the President.

On Commencement Day, a place will be reserved on the graduation platform where the recipient will be introduced during the ceremonies and presented with a specially designed medallion.

The recipient’s name will be placed on a permanent plaque, which will be displayed at the division office of the honored recipient for the year.



Any current, certificated faculty member (teaching and non-teaching) who is listed in the current year’s El Camino College Catalog is eligible for the award.

Any employee, student, or community member may nominate any faculty member for the award. Nomination letters are submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs will notify faculty members of their nominations. If they so choose, nominated candidates will then submit the remaining required application materials to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Faculty members selected for the award receive a specially designed medallion; $2,000 from the President; their name on a permanent plaque; and recognition at the Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation and Recognition reception and at Commencement.



Nomination & Application Process


Nomination letters should explain the candidate’s qualifications for consideration as a recipient of the El Camino College Distinguished Faculty Award. Letters should be no more than 2 pages long, written using 12-point Times New Roman font with double spacing and one-inch margins. Please discuss the ways in which the candidate meets the five criteria outlined in the rubric.

Letters of nomination are submitted by the deadline identified in an email to the campus.



After being notified of their nominations, nominees are invited to submit the remaining required application materials, including the application cover sheet, Curriculum Vitae, Educational Philosophy Statement, and supporting documentation.



The Vice President of Academic Affairs chairs the committee with the following committee members:

  • President of the Academic Senate
  • President of the Associated Students Senate (or designee)
  • The previous Distinguished Faculty member
  • An academic dean.

The committee's recommendation(s) will be forwarded to the President.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs, vpaa@elcamino.edu



Nominate a Candidate

To nominate a faculty member you must complete the online “Distinguished Faculty Award” application.

Online applications will be accessible starting in March every year.  

Nomination Form

Past Award Recipients

View past awardees on the Awards webpage.