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Distinguished Research Award

Deadline - March 16th, 2016

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 creative 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 creative 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.

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. No one is eligible for more than one Foundation Award in any given year.

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.
  • 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 Procedures

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. Nomination Form - filled electronically and signed - Clicking here to download a template
  2. The form provides space for a short statement from the sponsors where they would summarize the nominee's research and contributions.  The completed forms should be sent as a single-PDF to
  3. THE NOMINATION FORM SHOULD BE ELECTRONICALLY TYPED BEFORE SIGNING.  Incomplete and hand-written forms will not be accepted.
  4. The FRCAC administration will inform the nominee within 4 days after receiving the properly filled nomination form.  .Once the nominee accepts the nomination, the sponsors will be notified for further action
    1. The sponsors must arrange for a minimum of 2 ference letters be sent directly to before the deadline
    2. The support letters must be typed on official letter head and scanned to PDF format.  The references must email their scanned letters of recommendations to 
    3. There are restrictions on who can serve as a nominee's reference - the references must be non-MTSU individuals who are familiar with the nominee's research but must not have worked with the nominee on the project for which the nomination has been made.
  5. The sponsors or the nominee can submit the following requirements for the FRCAC to judge their candidacy:
    1. Nominee's Vitae- PDF preferred. 
    2. No more than three representative pieces of work (video, written materials, scores, etc.) - email to know how to send the pieces of work for review. 
    3. Documents and other types of media suitable for online sharing will be circulated among FRCAC through a shared-drive.  Other materials that are not compatible for online sharing will be stored in the Office of Research for committee review.  

The materials presented will be reviewed by the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee and the names and materials of the finalists will be recommended to the Provost, who will make the final selection. In addition to a review of materials used in the initial screening, the committee may request additional information or a personal interview. The recipient(s) will be announced at the Annual Fall Faculty Meeting.

All nominations should be sent via email attachment to  Paper forms and hand-written applications will not be reviewed.

All nomination documents, including reference letters, must be received by the deadline listed above

The deadline for receiving all supporting documents in support of a nominee is for March 16, 2016 (5 PM CDT)


Recipients of the FRCAC Distinguished Research Award (previous five years)

Year Recipient(s)
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)

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