Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award
 

About the Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award 

Nomination Form

Materials to accompany the nomination

Letter of Support Guidelines

Letter of Support

Previous Award Winners
 


About the Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

In 1982 Grand Valley State University instituted awards to recognize distinguished contributions in a discipline. The award is presented at the Faculty Awards Convocation, held on the first Thursday in February. This award is given to a member of the faculty whose performance in scholarly or creative activities, or whose contributions through service to professional organizations, is clearly outstanding. An award, which is not necessarily given each year, consists of a plaque plus a cash payment.

Each year the Faculty Research and Development Committee will request nominations. Each nomination, which may or may not be solicited by the candidate, must be supported in signature by three peers within or outside GVSU and the Dean’s signature. Members of the Faculty Research and Development Committee may not nominate candidates for this award. A faculty member may be nominated by his/her unit, a faculty member inside or outside his/her unit, or by any student or alumni with knowledge of the nominee’s qualifications for the award. The nominee’s unit is responsible for obtaining pertinent data and providing the required information.

The award may recognize a single, clearly exceptional accomplishment or a continued record of achievement. The award will be based primarily on accomplishments while a member of the GVSU faculty. Though the award may be repeated after ten years, a second award will be based only on activities completed following the latest prior award to that recipient.

The Faculty Research and Development Committee will forward the name of the awardee to the Provost by December 15. The Provost will inform the awardee of her selection. The committee chair will inform nominees who are not selected.

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Nomination Form

Faculty nominee must be tenured or tenure-track.

Support for this nomination by signature from three peers, and the Dean of the faculty member nominated, is required. These signatures may be from within or outside Grand Valley State University. These signatures, and supporting materials, must be received by the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence no later than November 1. Forms, and instructions, are provided for this additional step. Please check with your Dean for any deadline requiring you to submit to the Dean's office for review and signatures prior  to being sent to CSCE by November 1.

The basis for this award is clearly demonstrated research, scholarly, or creative accomplishment or service through professional organizations, i.e., significant contribution to one's discipline, that is documented as exceptional by professional peers or public acclaim according to one of the following specific criteria: publication in professional media; professional awards, prizes, or honors; unsolicited reviews by critics or peers; support received through competitive applications to funding agencies, or impact on others in the discipline. The application and nomination form can be found here.

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Materials to accompany the nomination

  • A statement from the nominee, one or two pages in length, of that person's professional accomplishments deemed most significant.
  • A statement from the nominee's unit.
  • The nominee's up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • Other relevant documentation.
  • Four letters of support from peers in a position to evaluate the nominee's work. At least two of the four letters of support must come from outside of GVSU, and all should be mailed directly to the chair of the nominee's department as listed on the letter of support.

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Letter of Support Guidelines

  • A ranking of the nominee’s relative peer standing in the field in terms of research-scholarly-creative achievement compared with professors at comparable universities. (See ranking form)

  • A description of the supporter’s basis of knowledge of the nominee and the nominee’s work.

  • A written statement evaluating the nominee’s creative contribution to his or her field.

The basis for this award is clearly demonstrated research, scholarly, or creative accomplishment or service through professional organizations, i.e., significant contribution to one's discipline, documented as exceptional by professional peers or public acclaim according to one or more of the following specific criteria.

  • Publication in professional media or performance or exhibitions as are equivalent for a given discipline;

  • Professional awards, prizes, or honors;

  • Unsolicited reviews by critics or peers;

  • Support received through competitive applications to funding agencies;

  • Impact on others in the discipline.

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Letter of Support Ranking Form

This completed form, along with the letter of support must reach the nominee’s department chair, allowing enough time to be included in the nomination package, which is due to the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence by November 1. Please make sure that the person you are requesting send a letter of support be given the correct mailing instructions for your department  chair. The form can be found here.

 

 



 

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