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About University Faculty Awards

American University annually recognizes outstanding faculty who have made significant contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service.

These awards will be presented at the Faculty Recognition Dinner in April 2018.

Nominations for 2018 Faculty Awards open in January. Nomination deadline is in late February.

The Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions is given to a faculty member who has achieved distinction as a scholar as documented through publications; invited lectures and papers; performances or shows; leadership in professional societies; work on editorial boards; procurement of major grants; membership in prestigious professional organizations; references, quotes, or appearances in the media; or selective positions of leadership. The faculty member's record of achievement should reflect sustained contributions to the university over many years. This award includes $2,000 as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2017-2018.

The Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching as documented by student evaluations; other assessments of teaching; success of former students; descriptions of new courses or curricula; development of a new program; integration of innovative approaches to teaching and learning; or notable work beyond the classroom setting, such as recognition for advising, sponsorship of student honor societies, collaboration with students in research projects, and active participation with students in professional activities. The faculty member's record of achievement should reflect sustained contributions to the university over many years. This award includes a $2,000 prize as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2017-2018.

The Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching as documented by student evaluations; other assessments of teaching; originality of course; and integration of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Ideally, the candidate should have significant full-time professional status outside the university and a record of achievement that reflects sustained contributions to the university. This award includes $2,000 as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a part-time appointment during AY2017-2018.

 

The Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship award recognizes an individual or a group of faculty fostering collaborative work on large-scale, high-impact scholarly initiatives. The university has identified a number of priority areas for investments in academic excellence, often referred to as AU 2030. These are areas in which scholars are encouraged to work collaboratively with colleagues across the campus and, in some cases, outside the University, in order to develop promising new insights or discoveries. The award is not limited to AU 2030 priorities and may be granted to any leading collaborative, multi-investigator, scholarly engagement involving AU faculty members. As part of the recognition, this award includes a $2,000 prize to be used to sustain or advance the collaborative work upon which the award is granted. The faculty member(s) must have a full-time appointment during AY2017-2018.

The Outstanding Service to the University Community award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional contributions to the university community as shown through leadership in faculty governance or administrative work; mentoring of student activities; sponsorship of university events; or initiation of new services for students, faculty and other members of the university community. The faculty member's record of achievement should reflect sustained contributions to the university over many years. This award includes $2,000 as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2017-2018.

The Morton Bender Prize is given to a faculty member who has been tenured within the previous four years. The purpose of the prize is to recognize an important research, scholarly, creative endeavor, or professional achievement since attainment of the rank of associate professor and to facilitate the faculty member's progress towards the rank of full professor. Through the generosity of Morton Bender, the university will award $2,000 to the recipient of the prize. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2017-2018. 

The Scholar/Teacher of the Year must demonstrate outstanding and significant scholarly contributions to the university and discipline; exceptional teaching as documented by student evaluations or other assessment of teaching; a commitment to high standards within one's professional life; recognized concern for students and colleagues; and sensitivity to the mission of the university. Cosponsored by the Division of Higher Education of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, this award includes a $5,000 prize as part of the recognition ($2,000 from the Methodist Church and $3,000 from American University). The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2017-2018. 


Nomination Process

Nominations Open: January 2018
Deadline: February 2018

Students, faculty, and staff of the AU community may nominate faculty for University Faculty Awards.

  1. Nominations must be submitted via the online Faculty Awards Nomination Form and will go to the dean (or the University Librarian) of the nominee's academic unit.
  2. Nominators must provide nomination materials, including a Curriculum Vitae (short form is acceptable), which may be obtained from the nominee or his/her department. Academic units will provide teaching evaluations for those categories requiring them.
  3. Before completing the nomination, please review the criteria for each award above. Please note that Morton Bender Prize nominations are made only by the deans.
  4. From this initial pool of nominations, the deans of Kogod, SIS, SOC, SPA, SPExS and WCL, as well as the University Librarian, will select and forward one nominee for each category (the dean of CAS may forward two nominations for each category) to the Office of the Provost.

Note: Monetary awards are considered taxable compentation to the recipient in accordance with the IRS Code.

Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award

Find out more about the NEW Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award designed to promote and reward outstanding collaborative efforts between faculty and staff at AU. More information on the Staff Awards page.

Past Recipients

View past recipients of the Student, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Awards as we continue to watch their great work and success on and off campus!

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