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University Awards

Faculty Awards

Read the criteria for each award below, or return to the Faculty Awards nomination instructions.

Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions (1 Award)

CRITERIA: The Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions is given to a faculty member who has achieved distinction as a scholar as documented through publications; invited lectures and papers; performances or shows; leadership in professional societies; work on editorial boards; procurement of major grants; membership in prestigious professional organizations; references, quotes, or appearances in the media; or selective positions of leadership. The faculty member's record of achievement should reflect sustained contributions to the university over many years. This award includes $2,000 as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2016-2017.

Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment (2 Awards: 1 tenure-line/1 term)

CRITERIA: The Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching as documented by student evaluations; other assessments of teaching; success of former students; descriptions of new courses or curricula; development of a new program; integration of innovative approaches to teaching and learning; or notable work beyond the classroom setting, such as recognition for advising, sponsorship of student honor societies, collaboration with students in research projects, and active participation with students in professional activities. The faculty member's record of achievement should reflect sustained contributions to the university over many years. This award includes a $2,000 prize as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2016-2017.

Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment (1 Award)

CRITERIA: The Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching as documented by student evaluations; other assessments of teaching; originality of course; and integration of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Ideally, the candidate should have significant full-time professional status outside the university and a record of achievement that reflects sustained contributions to the university. This award includes $2,000 as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a part-time appointment during AY2016-2017.

Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship (1 Award)

CRITERIA: The Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship award recognizes an individual or a group of faculty fostering collaborative work on large-scale, high-impact scholarly initiatives. The university has identified a number of priority areas for investments in academic excellence, often referred to as AU 2030. These are areas in which scholars are encouraged to work collaboratively with colleagues across the campus and, in some cases, outside the University, in order to develop promising new insights or discoveries. The award is not limited to AU 2030 priorities and may be granted to any leading collaborative, multi-investigator, scholarly engagement involving AU faculty members. As part of the recognition, this award includes a $2,000 prize to be used to sustain or advance the collaborative work upon which the award is granted. The faculty member(s) must have a full-time appointment during AY2016-2017.

Outstanding Service to the University Community (2 Awards: 1 tenure-line/1 term)

CRITERIA: The Outstanding Service to the University Community award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional contributions to the university community as shown through leadership in faculty governance or administrative work; mentoring of student activities; sponsorship of university events; or initiation of new services for students, faculty and other members of the university community. The faculty member’s record of achievement should reflect sustained contributions to the university over many years. This award includes $2,000 as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2016-2017.

Morton Bender Prize (1 Award)

CRITERIA: The Morton Bender Prize is given to a faculty member who has been tenured within the previous four years. The purpose of the prize is to recognize an important research, scholarly, creative endeavor, or professional achievement since attainment of the rank of associate professor and to facilitate the faculty member's progress towards the rank of full professor. Through the generosity of Morton Bender, the university will award $2,000 to the recipient of the prize. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2016-2017.

Scholar/Teacher of the Year (1 Award)

CRITERIA: The Scholar/Teacher of the Year must demonstrate outstanding and significant scholarly contributions to the university and discipline; exceptional teaching as documented by student evaluations or other assessment of teaching; a commitment to high standards within one's professional life; recognized concern for students and colleagues; and sensitivity to the mission of the university. Cosponsored by the Division of Higher Education of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, this award includes a $5,000 prize as part of the recognition ($2,000 from the Methodist Church and $3,000 from American University). The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2016-2017.

 

Note: The monetary awards are considered taxable compensation to the recipient in accordance with the IRS code.