Merit Awards: Criteria and Procedures

Merit Awards constitute recognition of a faculty member’s distinguished contributions to the mission of the Department, i.e., a contribution which clearly reaches beyond the normal expectations as indicated below. The Department FAC will meet at a time designated by the Chairperson to consider and rank applicants for Merit Awards separately in each of the three categories. In order to be eligible for consideration, faculty must have on record teaching evaluations for all courses taught during the period involved, including summers. If and when “thresholds” are mandated by the higher administration and/or the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the FAC will develop the necessary criteria. The time period for each merit review is established by the University administration and/or the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Each candidate for a Faculty Excellence Award completes and submits an application form which has been devised and approved by the FAC and accompanied by an updated curriculum vitae annotated according to instructions. Candidates must specify the area(s) in which they are applying for an award.

When submitting materials for merit consideration in the category of Scholarship, candidates must provide a copy of the published scholarship together with documentation clearly indicating (1) the specific Departmental category for each item presented (e.g., scholarly book, proceedings article, translation, conference paper, etc.), and (2) that the item was refereed or a reprint. Examples of such documentation may include a photocopy of an acceptance letter indicating a peer-review process, photocopy of readers’ reports, photocopy of the journal’s editorial policy indicating a peer-review process, copy of unsolicited letter of invitation to contribute to a refereed journal or press, etc. For cases requiring further clarification, the FAC may request that the candidate provide additional documentation verifying the refereeing status of the items presented.

Candidates will submit evidence of their performance with respect to the criteria as follows:

  1. Teaching/University Citizenship

    a. Teaching/Advising

    The following are examples of teaching excellence:

    • Positive student evaluation scores in relation to Departmental norms and by teaching awards or nominations.
    • Significant and major involvement in creating and developing new courses which meet the Department’s mission and address the expressed needs of Departmental initiatives.
    • Direction to completion of M.A. theses, honors theses, translation/pedagogy projects, individual investigations, and other individual supervision of students when such direction does not constitute a formal part of the faculty member’s workload.
    • Advising of students, advising in the PASS program, and serving as faculty advisor to student organizations.

    b. University Citizenship

    The following are examples of university citizenship:

    • Membership on Department, College, and University committees, including service (as determined by the FAC) on ad hoc committees, and the chairing of such committees.
    • Service as Departmental Coordinator, Assistant to the Chair, or Acting Chair, except when given workload equivalencies.
    • Activities in support of Departmental goals, such as director of study abroad programs, conference organizer, and other Departmental endeavors.
    • Community and professional service such as external referee or reviewer (e.g., refereeing for a journal or press, evaluating tenure/promotion candidates at other universities, agency panel reviewer, etc.), offices held in professional organizations, and service awards.
  2. Scholarship

    The Department encourages faculty to engage in all professional activity beyond the classroom which contributes to the mission of the Department. Some possibilities include:

    • Books and monographs of original research published by university presses or other peer-refereed publishers; chapters in books, likewise refereed; scholarly articles in refereed journals.
    • Translations (of books, poems, essays, chapters, or articles) accompanied by original scholarship in the form of a scholarly introduction, commentary, and/or notes, either as prefatory material or as a separate publication. The scholarly dimension of such a translation may also involve the establishment of an authentic text via comparison of manuscripts, editions, the construction of a stemma, the scholarly treatment of textual questions, etc.
    • Bibliographies published by university presses, professional scholarly organizations, or in peer-refereed journals. Such bibliographies, in order to be considered “scholarly,” must clearly demonstrate the author’s own scholarly contribution and mark an advancement in the discipline.
    • Textbook; edited book; journal editorship; book reviews.
    • Grants and awards received in recognition of scholarship; awards by external agencies which promote and recognize scholarly achievement; grants awarded to the Department or the University for the purpose of conducting seminars, institutes, workshops, etc. This does not include such grants as: travel; publication and offprint subvention institute stipends; UTC awards for travel, seminar participation, equipment, etc.