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Faculty Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award: The University of Memphis is a metropolitan research institution that seeks to serve its urban, regional, state, national, and global communities in a number of ways. Vital to this mission is scholarship that addresses the concerns and opportunities of these communities. Such scholarship (1) involves academic projects that engage faculty members and students in a collaborative and sustained manner with community groups; (2) connects university outreach endeavors with community organizational goals; (3) furthers mutual productive relationships between the university and the community; (4) entails shared authority in the research process from defining the research problem, choosing theoretical and methodological approaches, conducting the results, developing the final product(s), to participating in peer review; and (5) results in excellence in engaged scholarship through such products as peer-reviewed publications, peer-reviewed collaborative reports, documentation of impact, and external funding.

In keeping with this purpose, the University of Memphis has established a faculty award to recognize excellence in engaged scholarship. The Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award will further awareness of engaged scholarship in partnerships between faculty members and students of the University of Memphis and community organizations and agencies in the Memphis/Mid-South region, the State of Tennessee, the United States, and global communities.  

NOMINATION PROCESS

Alumni Association Awards: Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by any faculty or administrative staff member employed full-time by The U of M in the semester of nomination. Those not self-nominated should be informed of their candidacy by the College or School receiving the nomination. Colleges and Schools may nominate one faculty member in each category. All nominations must be endorsed by the unit chair. Nominations from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Communication & Fine Arts, Education, and Engineering must be submitted to the appropriate College Council for Graduate Studies and Research. Nominations from the Schools of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Public Health, Nursing, and Law must be submitted directly to the Dean of the School. The Colleges and Schools will set their own internal deadlines prior to final submission to the Vice Provost for Research by Friday, 31 January 2014.

After review within the College or School, the Dean's office will send a single nomination from the College or School to dcummngs@memphis.edu in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research by Friday, 31 January 2014 (see Submission Process below), along with a narrative statement detailing the nominee's achievements in Engaged Scholarship. The Dean's office will notify all nominees about the results of the College or School review.

 SUBMISSION PROCESS AND DEADLINES TO THE COLLEGE/SCHOOL

Departments/Divisions should send completed nomination packets via email to their respective College/School using the Subject Line: 2014 AADRA Nominations. Each College/School should upload packets onto the UM Drive as a single PDF file for each category using the Subject Line: 2014 AADRA Nominations and submit to dcummngs@memphis.edu, Office of the Vice Provost for Research by Friday, 31 January 2014. Please check with your College/School for internal deadlines. If you need assistance setting up your UM Drive, please contact your LSP.

 The nomination packet consists of the required cover sheet (last page of guidelines); a CV with a complete list of publications, along with a maximum of three copies of scholarly and/or creative activities, a narrative summary of achievements in creative activity, research, or engaged scholarship; recommendation letters from the academic unit and College or School; and at least three external letters from distinguished referees or community partners in engaged scholarship. The nominee will provide names of possible reviewers, which will be supplemented by the department chair. At the College or School level, the Graduate Director will solicit the three external letters of recommendations. Nominations of faculty who have won the award in the past should stress the nominee's work since that award was won.

For the Engaged Scholarship Award, it is important that these materials demonstrate how the faculty member has engaged in a collaborative and sustained manner with community groups; has connected university outreach with community organizational goals; has furthered mutual productive relationships between the university and the community; and has generated products—such as peer-reviewed publications, peer-reviewed collaborative reports, and external funding—that reflect excellence in engaged scholarship activities.

After review within the College or School, the Dean's office will submit a single nomination in each category appropriate to that College or School to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Administration 308, by Friday, 31 January 2014 along with a letter detailing the nominee's achievements. The Dean's office will notify all nominees about the results of the review.

 Past Winners

2014       Katherine Lambert-Pennington

2013       Lynda M. Sagrestano

2012       Joy A. Clay

2011       No award given

2010       Michael D. Hagge

2009       Dorothy Norris-Tirrell

2008       Michael Schmidt

2007       Phyllis Betts and Richard Janikowski

2006       James P. Whelan

2005       Stanley E. Hyland

 

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