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Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship


Purpose

To recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated significant achievement in research, scholarship, or creative work.

Description

Excellence in faculty research, scholarship, and creative work prepares a diverse student population and inspires innovation.  In order to integrate scholarship, service and teaching to enhance student learning and provide a challenging and supportive environment with a heightened sense of intellectual stimulation, the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship recognizes innovative and sustained activities in scholarly pursuits across academic disciplines, including the arts and humanities.  Recipients of the Award provide our students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the University as an intellectual and cultural leader.  All faculty are eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria

Nomination packets should address candidate’s qualifications in any of the following areas:

  • Demonstrating excellence in field of expertise:
    • External recognition--impact on national and international discipline
    • Successful record of external funding
    • Record of excellence of creative works
  • Demonstration of scholarly achievements through peer reviewed publications, and/or performances, exhibits, etc.
  • Engaging undergraduate and/or graduate students in applied creative work/scholarship and/or theoretical research activities
  • Implementing an interdisciplinary approach to research/creative work
  • Serving as a reviewer for funding agencies, scholarly publications, or other external academic organizations
  • Engaging in public service and outreach activities:
    • Development of innovative models for advancing scholarship through service
    • Developing relationships and increased visibility with off-campus organizations through scholarly/creative achievements
  • Facilitating inquiry into effective models and implementation of innovative teaching methods which advance the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Serving and leading on university and college committees focused on scholarship and creative work

Nomination Materials

Nominations will be accepted from students, colleagues, department heads and alumni.  Self-nominations are also welcome. Nominators are responsible for working with the nominee to assemble a packet that must include a current CV, a cover letter highlighting the scholarly activities of the nominee, and two letters of support.  Please submit all nomination materials as a single PDF file.

Selection Process

  • Submit applications electronically to Benjamin Delp, Associate Director for Research Development, delpbt@jmu.edu, by Friday, February 14, 2014.
  • A selection committee consisting of members of the Faculty Research Council will review applications and provide a recommendation to the Provost.
  • All nominees will be notified of the status of their nomination by March 14th.
  • Award winners will be honored at the Faculty Awards and Retirement Recognition luncheon on April 7th, and receive a $1,000 honorarium. 

Please direct any questions or requests for information to Benjamin Delp, delpbt@jmu.edu.

Award Winners

2014 - Dr. Conley McMullen

2013 – Dr. Louise Temple

2012 – Dr. Kevin Giovanetti

2011 – Dr. Ioana Niculescu

2010 – Col. (Ret.) Dennis Barlow

2009 – Dr. Reid Harris

2008 – Dr. Steven Evans

Please vist the Office of the Provost website for more information on the Provost Awards.