Alumni Association Faculty Awards
The Alumni Association gives up to five awards annually for distinguished research
faculty who have brought honor and recognition to the University. The categories include:
- Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts
- Distinguished Research in the Humanities
- Distinguished Research in the Social Sciences
- Distinguished Research in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Excellence in Engaged Scholarship
Candidates may apply for the award or be nominated by any full-time faculty or staff
member. Nominations and applications must be accompanied by a resume with a complete
list of publications (copies of the publications are not required), a narrative summary
of research aims and achievements, a recommendation from the department chair or director,
and at least three (3) external letters from distinguished referees or community
partners. Examples of scholarly and/or creative activities are not to be forwarded
Candidates must have been employed full-time by The University of Memphis for five
(5) academic years prior to the semester of their application or nomination.
Former award winners may not be re-nominated within seven years of the first award
and may not receive the award more than twice.
Nominations are submitted to the College Council for Graduate Studies and Research,
which will evaluate the nominations and submit recommendations to the vice provost
for research, who will appoint a committee to make the final selection.
Each recipient receives a $2,000 honorarium and a plaque at the annual Faculty Convocation.
For more information please contact Debra Cummings (901) 678-2590 in the office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Please send applications and nominations to Moira Logan, CCFA Associate Dean.
Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Advising
Each year, the Alumni Association may award Distinguished Advising Awards to one member
of the faculty and to one professional advisor.
Eligible faculty include those who are tenured with at least five years of service
at the University of Memphis (in their sixth year at time of receiving the award).
Eligible professional advisors include those who have completed five years at the
University of Memphis (in their sixth year at time of receiving the award).
An advisor may receive the award twice. For eligibility the second time, at least
three complete years must have passed since the first Award was received (if the nominee
first received the Award in Spring 2009, he or she would not be eligible for a second
Award until Spring 2013).
Nominations will be solicited through campus media such as posters, The Daily Helmsman,
and e-mail announcements. Nominations must be received from faculty, administrators,
students, former students, and alumni.
The Award is accompanied by a stipend equal to that given for the University's Distinguished
Teaching Award. If sufficient funds are not available to make two awards in any given
year, one award may be given annually. In that case, the awards will alternate from
year-to-year between professional and faculty advisors.
The Award is presented at the Annual Faculty Convocation.
Nominations may be e-mailed once a nomination deadline has been determined. For more information please visit
the Provost's Web site.
Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching
Each year, four members of the University faculty are presented with Distinguished
Teaching Awards in recognition of the high quality of their teaching. Students, faculty,
and alumni may nominate faculty members who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- The faculty member must have been employed full-time at The University of Memphis
for three or more years.
- The faculty member must be teaching a minimum of nine semester hours with either (1)
six undergraduate hours with a total of thirty or more students in two classes; or
(2) six graduate hours with a total of fifteen or more students in two classes. (The
enrollment requirements may be met by including all courses being taught by the faculty
member during that term.)
- Former award winners may not be re-nominated within seven years of the first award
and may not receive the award more than twice.
- At least two of the four awards must go to faculty members whose work is predominately
The twenty faculty members receiving the most nominations are notified and if they
want to participate, are evaluated by their students and department chair or director.
Nominations are reviewed by the Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee, which also
makes the final selections.
Four recipients will be selected. Each honoree receives a $2,000 honorarium and a
plaque, which will be presented at the Annual Faculty Convocation.
Once a nomination deadline has been determined, the Provost will send out an e-mail
For more information please visit the Alumni Association's Web site.