Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award

The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs is seeking nominations of Kent State faculty members for the 2016 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award.  Sponsored by the University Research Council and the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, this award is intended to honor Kent State’s exceptional researchers and scholars.  The awardees will be selected based on the quality of research and scholarship and its impact on society.  A ceremony and reception sponsored by the Provost’s Office will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2016 at 4 pm as part of Faculty Recognition Week. 
To Nominate: please complete and submit the nomination form to Sheila Pratt,
Nomination Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Nomination Process:

  • Kent State University faculty, students, staff and alumni may nominate someone for an Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award.
  • Individuals may nominate only one candidate.
  • Faculty members may self-nominate.
  • Nominations should be made on the standardized nomination form. All full-time tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty members are eligible for an Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award.
  • Nominees will have the option to accept or reject their nomination.
  • After the nomination is accepted, nominees will be asked to provide their vitae,  a short statement of research interests and achievements, as well as additional materials (or examples of creative activities) to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Review Process:

  • The Review Committee will consist of sub-committees made up of members of the University Research Council (URC) and Kent State University faculty members from the pertinent disciplines. The sub-committees will make written recommendations based on rubrics developed by URC for each discipline cluster.
  • Once the sub-committees have met and made their recommendations, the full URC will convene to discuss the merits of the top candidates. After reviewing the recommendations of discipline-based sub-committees, the URC will select 2-4 candidates to receive awards based on rankings and make recommendations to the Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs for final approval.
  • Individuals who choose to nominate (including members of the University Research Council) are not permitted to serve on the Review Committee.

Review Criteria:

Recognizing that the impact of outstanding scholarship and creative activity takes many different forms, candidates will be evaluated and ranked within each discipline based on criteria including: 

  • Number of publications of original research in refereed journals
  • Book chapters
  • Book publications
  • Presentations at invited lectures, national and international meetings
  • Major exhibits or performances
  • Major grant or fellowship support
  • Other accomplishments such as membership and leadership in professional organizations or on editorial boards