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Faculty Excellence Awards - 403.8

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Faculty Excellence Awards
Policy Number: 403.8
Effective Date: September 21, 2007

Purpose:

The UALR Foundation Fund Board in 1988 instituted a series of annual awards to recognize and reward faculty excellence in three specified areas of performance: teaching, research or creative endeavors, and professional and public service.

Recognition is accorded at the college level and at the University level. College level awards consist of a framed certificate and a cash gift of $1,000. At the university level, a cash gift of $12,500 is awarded for teaching ($10,000 is awarded to the winner and $2,500 is given to that faculty member’s department for faculty development). A cash gift of $5,000 i s awarded for the winners in research or creative endeavors and in public service. College winners are recognized and University winners are announced at an annual ceremony.

Policy:

Nature and Categories of Awards
Award for excellence in teaching.

This award is to recognize, encourage, and reward superior class-room teachers – individuals whose command of their respective disciplines, teaching methodologies, communications skills, concern for student performance, and commitment to the learning process exemplify the teacher/mentor model.

The award is not intended to be a popularity contest. It is designed to distinguish those teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and who ensure academic rigor in their courses.

Persons preparing an application for the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching should note carefully the importance of addressing the topic of assessment. The application must include a description of how the applicant has used assessment to improve course content, pedagogy, or degree program outcomes. Applications which do not address this important teaching dimension will not be forwarded to the national selection panel.

Award for excellence in research or creative endeavors.

This award is to recognize, encourage, and reward those individuals whose research or creative endeavors have been particularly successful and are so recognized locally, regionally, and nationally. The results of these efforts should have contributed to the expansion of knowledge and/or the quality of life, and/or encouraged additional research.

Award for excellence in public service.

This award is to recognize, encourage, and reward those individuals who have brought credit to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock through their successful efforts in applying the content or skills of their academic disciplines in service to the community, state, or nation in areas of public interest. This award is designed to distinguish those persons whose achievements in serving the public interest have been particularly successful and are so recognized locally, regionally, or nationally.

Number and Frequency of Awards
Award for excellence in teaching.
  1. There may be one award in each college/ school of the University annually.
  2. There shall be one University-level award annually. The University-level awardee shall be chosen from the college/school-level award winners.
  3. The awards for excellence in teaching may be shared when the achievements being recognized results from joint efforts.
Award for excellence in research or creative endeavors.
  1. There may be one award in each college/school of the University annually.
  2. There shall be one University-level award annually. The University-level awardee shall be chosen from the college/school-level award winners.
  3. The awards for excellence in research and scholarship may be shared where the achievements being recognized result from joint efforts.
Award for excellence in public service.
  1. There may be one award in each college/ school of the University annually.
  2. There shall be one University-level award annually. The University-level awardee shall be chosen from the college/school-level award winners.

The term “colleges/schools” refers to the following organizational units within the University:

  • The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • The College of Business
  • The College of Education
  • The George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
  • The Willam H. Bowen School of Law
  • The College of Professional Studies
  • The College of Science and Mathematics

In the event of administrative reorganization, the list of colleges and schools shall be adjusted accordingly.

Selection
Eligibility.
  1. Persons with faculty status as defined in the current faculty handbook, except for the adjunct and visiting categories, holding full-time faculty appointments who have completed five or more full years of service to the University may be nominated; faculty who have administrative responsibilities are eligible if their teaching duties are 50% or more of their work assignment for the academic year in which they are nominated. (Note: The policy requires completing 5 years or more at the time of nomination.)
  2. Faculty members who are otherwise qualified for the teaching award but who are not administratively a part of one of the seven named colleges/schools shall be eligible through the award process of the college/school that offers the courses such faculty teach.
  3. Persons may not receive an award of the same category for a period of three years.
Nominations.
  1. Persons considered for awards shall be identified through a process of nomination.
  2. The nomination process shall be open – i.e., any person may nominate a faculty member for any of the awards.
Selection committees – college-level awards.
  1. There shall be a selection committee within each college/school.
  2. The size and composition of the committee shall be as follows:
    • One representative chosen by the faculty from each department within the college/school.
    • One student member.
    • One alumni member.
  3. In colleges/schools which are not organized departmentally, the faculty shall develop a method for faculty representation.
  4. The manner of choosing the student and alumni members shall be determined by the college/school faculty.
  5. Individuals who serve as administrators with the title of department chair (or its equivalent) and at higher levels of administration are not eligible to serve on the selection committee.
  6. Individuals who are nominated for an award may not serve on the selection committee.
Selection committee – University-level awards.
  1. There shall be a single national selection committee composed of seven members.
  2. No member shall be employed by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  3. The Chancellor shall appoint the chair of the national selection committee.
    1. The composition of the committee shall be national in scope and broadly representative of the disciplines in the colleges/schools in the University.
    2. The composition of the committee shall be national in scope and broadly representative of the disciplines in the colleges/ schools in the University.
    3. Committee members may be selected from the academic and nonacademic spheres of endeavor.
    4. Committee members shall receive an appropriate honorarium.
Procedure
  1. Administration of the award process.
  2. Administrative support for the award process shall be the responsibility of the Office of the Provost.

  3. Solicitation of nominations.
    • Not later than September 302 of each year, the Provost shall advise members of the campus community of the award process and nominating procedure.
    • The Director of Alumni Affairs shall advise the alumni of the University through appropriate alumni publications.
    • Information about the awards shall be widely disseminated throughout the community to encourage nominations from the business, professional, and public sectors of the community.
  4. Preparation of nomination packets.
    • Nominators are responsible for preparation of nomination packets containing information as specified in the attachment, “Preparation and Submission of Nomination Packets.”
    • Department chairs or equivalent administrators shall cooperate with nominators in assembling supporting evidence.
  5. Submission of nomination packets.
    • One copy of each nomination packet for the college-level awards shall be submitted to the college selection committee no later than the date specified in the Provost’s announcement.
    • One copy of each college-level winner’s packet shall be forwarded to the Provost no later than the date specified in the Provost’s announcement.
  6. Selection committee action.
    • College-level selection committees shall meet as necessary in order to complete the selection of the award winners.
      1. Committee procedures shall be determined by the respective colleges/schools.
      2. The committee shall review such materials as are submitted in the nomination packet.
      3. The proceedings of the committees shall be confidential.
      4. Each college-level committee shall forward one copy of the nomination packets of the winners of the college-level awards to the Provost no later than the date specified in the Provost’s announcement.
    • The Provost shall forward sets of nomination packets to members of the national selection committee.
      1. The chair shall advise the Provost of the committee’s selections by a date designated by the Provost.
      2. The proceedings of the committee shall be confidential.
      3. The announcement of University-level winners shall be made at a suitable University event.


    Source: UALR Faculty Handbook 2009-10
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Updated 1.9.2014