The Office of the President has put out a call for nominations for individuals eligible to receive the Faculty Scholar Medal, which recognizes scholarly and creative excellence. The medal will be awarded to individuals in the following scholarly areas: arts and humanities; engineering; life and health sciences; physical sciences; and social and behavioral sciences.
For information on deadlines for submitting nominations and accompanying materials, check with the dean's office in the individual colleges. Deans should submit final rankings of the recommendations from their areas to the senior vice president for research, via e-mail to email@example.com or mail to 304 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802, by Monday, Dec. 10. Chancellors from areas outside of University Park should submit recommendations to the vice president for Commonwealth Campuses or the dean of The Graduate School, as appropriate, by Monday, Nov. 12.
The Faculty Scholar Medal, established by the Board of Trustees in 1980, will be given at the University Awards Program on Monday, March 24, 2008.
Those eligible for the Faculty Scholar Medal include faculty members holding full-time academic appointments, with professorial, research or librarian titles, as well as individuals who are full-time instructors or assistant librarians. The achievement for which the faculty member is to be honored should have occurred or culminated during the preceding five years. Special attention should be given to the objective of honoring "a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme."
Nomination materials should be provided electronically as PDF files and should include: a letter from the nominator endorsing the candidate, a complete vita, reprints and published book reviews of the key works, a detailed description of the achievement itself, credible outside evaluations from faculty at peer institutions which substantiate the claim of the national or international importance, and evidence of superior scholarly or creative accomplishments occurring or culminating in the past five years (brief identification notes on the authors of the letters should be furnished). In those cases where submission of a portfolio would be appropriate, nominators should submit one copy, which will be shared with the members of the selection panel. Re-nominations from the previous year are acceptable.
A committee of faculty peers will review nominations and select candidates' names to be sent to the president. Selection panels, one in each of the main scholarly areas, currently are being identified.