Alumni Association Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award

The FRG Review Groups will use the following criteria in their evaluation of the nominations. This set of criteria is deliberately broad, as it must encompass a wide spectrum of potential candidates. All work to be evaluated must have been accomplished while the nominee was in full-time employment at The University of Memphis. (Note that this normally excludes publications resulting directly from the candidate's dissertation, unless a part of the dissertation was completed while employed as a faculty member at the University.) Evidence of continued effort and professional development is of particular importance.

  • Nomination Statement
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Professional Works
  • Research
  • Professional Recognition

Nomination Statement

  Include a statement on the cover sheet (copy attached) placing the nominee's work within the field and in the larger scheme of things. This statement can be written by the nominee, by the person making the nomination, or by a prominent member of the field. If the statement is solicited by the nominee, it should be clearly presented as such. The nominee should also supply the names of five possible referees, to be called upon if necessary.

Publications and Presentations

  The publications may be co-authored; however, it is desirable to distinguish senior and junior authorship. Cite all authors in the order in which they appear in the publication; star the names of student authors. Indicate the five most important scholarly works. Editorships and reviews are excluded as these are taken into consideration under professional recognition. Emphasis should be placed on publications that have been peer-reviewed in national or international journals that are widely disseminated within their field. In those fields where it is possible, evidence and impact in the field (such as recognition as one of the most cited papers) is also important.

Professional works

  • Scholarly books (normally considered as primary sources of information by peers)
  • Textbooks (normally considered as teaching aids and secondary sources by peers), lab manuals, and related highly specific teaching aids
  • Paintings, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, novels, poetry, short stories, novellas, musical compositions, plays, screenplays, choreography, etc.
  • Activities in performing arts, such as concerts, films, dance, theatrical presentations, etc. at national and International venues.
  • Published articles in refereed international, national, and regional journals
  • Monographs, symposia, and reports published by government agencies and professional societies
  • Papers or abstracts of papers presented at international or national society meetings with refereed selection
  • Papers of a unique nature, such as guidebooks or papers resulting from field trips or special symposia, etc.
  • Master classes conducted


List each grant proposal submitted to an external funding source. Include the following information for each proposal:*

  • Agency
  • Title
  • All investigators on the proposal
  • Role of candidate (PI, Co-PI, Co-1, Consultant, etc.)
  • Duration
  • Total Direct Costs*
  • Total Costs (direct + indirect)*
  • Outcome of Proposal: Funded, Not Funded, Pending
*The amount of funding available from external agencies to support work in the candidate's discipline should be taken into account in evaluating these items.

List Faculty Research Grant proposals submitted

  • Title
  • Year submitted
  • Funded or not

Graduate student mentoring

  • Name
  • Title of dissertation or thesis
  • Degree and year awarded

Professional Recognition


  • National and international journals
  • Regional journals
  • Major monographs and symposia
  • Encyclopedias
  • Other


  • Major office in national and international society
  • Major office in regional society
  • Minor office
  • Professional committees, review boards, etc.

Critical reviews of books, plays, performances, etc

Juried Competitions

  • Awards
  • Service as a judge

Additional Information (Published reviews of the nominee's work may be included.)CAS procedures for selecting up to four (4) AADCA nominees).

    • October: The chair of the College Council will send a memorandum to the College Faculty calling for nominations.
    • November: Last day for accepting nominations. The Chair of the College Council will notify each candidate of her/his nomination and request that the following information (with the exception of item 1) be sent to the College Council Chair's Office is in December.
    • A brief statement (no more than 600 words) describing in so far as possible in a manner understandable to those in other academic areas, the candidate's research or scholarly activity while at The University of Memphis. The announced deadline for this statement is in January.
    • A list of three people in the candidate's field who would be willing to evaluate her/his eligibility for the award in terms of the professional contribution of her/his work. Only one of these referees may be employed by The City of Memphis. The referees will be contacted by the Chair of the College Council. In order to allow time for response, the deadline for this list in December.
    • A current curriculum vitae. Deadline is in December.
    • If the candidate wishes, she/he may also include a representative sample of her/his research and scholarly work, although she/he is not required to do this. (There is such a requirement at the University level of this process.)
  • At one of its fall meetings, the Council will select a three-member committee to review the material submitted and make recommendations to the Council. The three-member committee will include one council representative from each of the following: (I) Humanities; English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy; (II) Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Microbiology, and Molecular Cell Sciences, Physics; (III) Social Sciences: Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Geography and Planning, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. Council members who are candidates for the award are ineligible to serve on the committee.
  • January: The Council chair will make all submitted material available to the Committee. The Council Chair will call the Committee together to provide appropriate instructions, and the Committee will set a meeting to discuss the candidates.
  • February: The Committee will report to the Council, and the names and files of the nominees from the College of Arts and Sciences as approved by the Council will be transmitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research by the Council chair.

For additional information related to this award, see information provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Also, see guidelines for the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award.