Research and Creative Activity Distinguished Awards

Important Dates for 2022/2023

Start: February 1, 2023
Deadline: March 15, 2023 by 4:30pm - OPEN
Distinguished Research Awards - The nomination form must be submitted to the department chair by 4:30pm on 3/15/2023.
Start: February 1, 2023 
Deadline: March 15, 2023 by 4:30pm - OPEN
Distinguished Creative Activity Awards - The nomination form must be submitted to the department chair by 4:30pm on 3/15/2023.

Distinguished Award Forms

Distinguished Award Details

Distinguished Research Award

Each year the faculty members at Middle Tennessee State University nominate their peers for the Distinguished Research Award. This award recognizes research achievement defined as "original scholarly activity, which generates new knowledge, product or application." This award generally represents the combined results of a systematic research program. This award also carries a monetary honorarium from the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation.

For the purpose of this award, research includes original scholarly activity, which generates new knowledge, product or application. This definition includes empirical studies, analytical literature searches which result in substantial modification of existing explanations of events, and/or creation of scholarly works of expression or appreciation. This award is not designed to recognize a single major breakthrough, but generally represents the combined results of a systematic research program.

Eligibility 

All full-time, tenured and tenure track, and research track faculty members, except those who have been recipients within the previous five years (see below list), are eligible for nomination.

Levels of Recoginition

NEW for 2022-23.  There are two levels of recognition:

Criteria

To be eligible for the award, the research should meet the following criteria:

  • Originality.  The research should generate new knowledge, new creative expression, or substantially reorganize and reinterpret existing knowledge.
  • Advancement.  The research should foster the development of theory and explanations of topics or directly contribute to the understanding and solution of important problems.
  • National Recognition.The research must be recognized as a significant contribution to the academic discipline.
  • Time Frame.The research must have been performed while an employee of MTSU and either worked upon or completed within the last five years.

Nomination Procedure

The official nomination form must be completed and included. Nominations must be submitted by two faculty members within the discipline or closely allied fields. A faculty member may recommend no more than one nominee.  With reference to the stated criteria and in consultation with members of the academic discipline, the following materials are requested for consideration:

  1. The nomination form should be completed.  Once submitted, the form will route to the department chair for review.  All nomination forms are due to the department chair by March 15, 2023.
  2. Each department may nominate (2) faculty members in consideration for each award to the MT-IGO committee. 
  3. The department chair or designee is responsible for submitting all nomination materials to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by the deadline of April 1, 2023.  Please email the below files to MTIGO@mtsu.edu

    • Nominating Letter. The nominating letter should emphasize the quality and significance of research contributions within the field of study. 
    • Curriculum Vitae. Please highlight the works that support the nomination.
    • (3) letters of support. The letter of support should evaluate the quality and impact of the nominee’s work throughout his or her career.  These letters may come from an internal or external source, with at least (1) from an external source.  
    • Maximum of 3 artifacts produced by the nominee. Examples include articles, books, conference proceedings, short stories, photography, films, or other scholarly- works.

The materials presented will be reviewed and the recipients will be determined by the MT-IGO Committee.  In addition, the committee may request additional information or a personal interview of the nominee if the committee is unable to make a decision. The recipient(s) of the awards will be announced at the Annual Fall Faculty Meeting.

All nomination materials, including letters of support, must be received by April 1, 2023.

Current and Past Recipients of the Distinguished Research Award

 

Year Recipient
2021-2022
Dr. Jing Kong (Chemistry)
2020-2021
Dr. Amy Elleman (Elementary and Special Education)
2020-2021
Dr. Philip Phillips (English)
2020-2021 Dr. Ben Stickle (Criminal Justice)
2019-2020
Dr. Tom Brinthaupt (Psychology) 
2018-2019
Dr. Song Cui (Agriculture)
2017-2018
Dr. Qiang Wu (Mathematical Sciences)
2016-2017
Dr. Mary Farone (Biology)
2015-2016
Dr. Abdul D. M. Khaliq (Mathematical Sciences)
Dr. Amy S. Kaufman (English)
Dr. Norma K. Dunlap (Chemistry)
2014-2015
Dr. Nancy Goldberg (Foreign Language)
Dr. Philip Phillips(Honors College)
2013-2014 Dr. Ngee Sing Chong (Chemistry)
Dr. Cyrille Magne (Psychology)
2012-2013 Dr. Paul S. Foster (Psychology)
Dr. Minsoo Kang (Health & Human Performance)
Dr. Kevin Smith (Sociology & Anthropology)
2011-2012 Dr. Andrew Brower (Biology)
2010-2011 Dr. Ron Aday (Sociology and Anthropology)
Dr. Bruce Cahoon (Biology)
2008-2009

Dr. Mark Anshel (Health and Human Performance)
Dr.Angela Mertig (Sociology and Anthropology)
Dr. Don Hong (Mathematical Sciences)

 

Distinguished Creative Activity Award 

Each year the faculty members at Middle Tennessee State University nominate their peers for the Distinguished Creative Activity Award. This award recognizes creative achievement defined as "original, imaginative works of artistic merit as distinguished from empirical/analytical works of scholarly research."  This award also carries a monetary honorarium from the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation.

For the purpose of this award, "creative achievement" is defined as original, imaginative works of artistic merit generally associated with the fine or performing arts. This award is NOT designed to recognize a single major work, but recognizes consistent and sustained contributions to the arts.

Eligiblity 

All full-time, non-temporary faculty members, except those who have been recipients within the previous five years (see below list), are eligible for nomination.

Levels of Recoginition

NEW for 2022-23.  There are two levels of recognition:

Criteria 

To be eligible for the award, the activity should meet the following criteria.

  • Originality. The work should be an original product or performance of artistic inventiveness.
  • Recognition. The work must be recognized as a significant artistic contribution.
  • Time frame. The creative activity must have been performed while an employee of MTSU and either worked upon or completed within the last five years.

Nomination Procedure

  1. Nomination Form - filled electronically and signed.  Once completed, this form routes to the department chair for review.  Nomination forms are due to the department chair by March 15, 2023.
  2. Each department may nominate (2) faculty members in consideration for each award to the MT-IGO committee.
  3. The department chair or designee is responsible for submitting all nomination materials to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by the deadline of April 1, 2023:

    • Nominating Letter. The nominating letter should emphasize the quality and significance of research contributions within the field of study. 
    • Curriculum Vitae. Please highlight the works that support the nomination.
    • (3) letters of support. The letter of support should evaluate the quality and impact of the nominee’s work throughout his or her career.  These letters may come from an internal or external source, with at least (1) from an external source.  
    • Maximum of 3 artifacts produced by the nominee. Examples include articles, books, conference proceedings, short stories, photography, films, or other scholarly- works.

The materials presented will be reviewed and the recipients will be determined by the MT-IGO Committee.  In addition, the committee may request additional information or a personal interview of the nominee if the committee is unable to make a decision. The recipient(s) of the awards will be announced at the Annual Fall Faculty Meeting.

All nomination materials, including letters of support, must be received by April 1, 2023.

Current and Past Recipients of the Distinguished Creative Activities Award 

 

Year Recipient(s)
2021-2022 Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton(Art)
2020-2021 Margaret Brooker (Theatre and Dance)
2019-2020 Angela DeBoer (Music)
2018-2019 Tom Neff (Media Arts)
2017-2018 No Award
2016-2017 Charles "Odie" Blackmon (Recording Industry)
2015-2016 Dr. Gaylord Brewer (English)
2014-2015 No Award
2013 - 2014 Dr. Janis Brickey (Human Sciences)
2012-2013 Dr. Robert Wood (Recording Industry)
2011-2012 Dr. Claudia Barnett (English)
Dr. Raymond Thomas (Music)
2010-2011 Dr. Don Aliquo (School of Music)
2008-2009 Dr. Paul Osterfield (Music)

 

 

 

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