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About University Faculty Awards

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

Nominations for University Faculty Awards open in late January and close in mid-February. 

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have postponed the 2020 Faculty Recognition Dinner previously planned for Sunday, April 26. The new tentative date is Sunday, September 13. Award recipients will likely be announced in July 2020.

The Faculty Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is given to a faculty member who demonstrates a distinguished record of advancing excellence through diversity and inclusion in the following areas: effective use of inclusive pedagogy and cultivation of an inclusive learning community (regardless of subject area taught), meaningful student mentorship to support student success and sense of belonging (especially among historically marginalized students), and/or effective development of programs, practices, or research initiatives that promote diversity, inclusivity and equity at AU or in scholarship, policy, or practice more broadly. Special consideration is given to applications that demonstrate collaboration across units and roles at AU. This award includes a $2,000 prize as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2019-2020.

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 AY2019-2020. 

The Outstanding Community Engagement Award is given to a faculty member who is a leader in teaching, outreach, or scholarship initiatives defined by innovative and mutually beneficial university-community partnerships. The award recognizes the recipient's sustained record of reciprocal collaboration and demonstrated impact, which may include community-based and community-informed social change, knowledge creation, problem solving, and capacity building, as well as student learning and thriving. Ideally, the faculty member has made exceptional engagement with communities in the DC region central to their approach, but outstanding work with other communities also will be eligible for consideration. This award includes a $2,000 prize as part of the recognition. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2019-2020.

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 award may be granted to any leading, multi-investigator, scholarly engagement involving AU faculty members—including, but not limited to, shared efforts related to the areas of strategic focus identified in AU’s new strategic plan. 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 must have a full-time appointment during AY2019-2020.

The Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions Award 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 AY2019-2020.

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 AY2019-2020.

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 AY2019-2020.

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 AY2019-2020.

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. As part of this recognition, this award includes a $5,000 prize. The faculty member must have a full-time appointment during AY2019-2020.

 

Nomination and Selection Process

Deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm

AU students, faculty, and staff may nominate faculty for University Faculty Awards. View a full step-by-step guide to the process. 

  1. Nominations must be submitted via the online Faculty Awards Nomination Form and will go to the nominee's academic unit (school/college or library). Suggested browser is Internet Explorer, if that option is available to you.
  2. Nominators must provide nomination materials, including a Curriculum Vitae (short form is acceptable), which may be obtained from the nominee or his/her/their 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, SOC, SOE, SIS, SPA, SPExS and WCL, as well as the University Librarian, will select and forward up to one nominee for each category to the Office of the Provost. The dean of CAS may foward up to two nominees.
  5. The Office of the Provost will work with a Faculty Senate committee to select the final recipients. 

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

Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award

Find out more about the 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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David Haaga

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Professor David Haaga Wins University’s Top Award

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Caleen Jennings

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Professor Caleen Jennings Wins Award for Inclusive Excellence

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