Faculty Research and Creative Activity

Distinguished Research Award

Nominations Due Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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.


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. Research NOMINATION FORM

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
  2. Statement from Nominee summarizing his/her research and contributions
  3. Nominee's VITA
  4. No more than three representative pieces of work (reprints, preprints, grant proposals, etc.)
  5. Two Letters of recommendation from individuals outside the university who are familiar with the nominee's research. These must be the one's named on the Nomination Form.

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 frcac@mtsu.edu

Recipients of the MTSU Distinguished Research Award within the previous five years are:

  Dr. Mark Anshel (Health and Human Performance)

                   Dr.Angela Mertig (Sociology and Anthropology)

                   Dr. Don Hong (Mathematical Sciences)

 Dr. Ron Aday (Sociology and Anthropology)

                    Dr. Bruce Cahoon (Biology)

  Dr. Andrew Brower (Biology)

2012-2013  Dr. Paul S. Foster (Psychology)

                    Dr. Minsoo Kang (Health & Human Performance)

                    Dr. Kevin Smith (Sociology & Anthropology)

2013-2014   Dr. Ngee Sing Chong (Chemistry)

                    Dr. Cyrille Magne (Psychology)



Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee

Ingram Building, Room 010A
Phone: 615-898-5005
Fax: 615-898-5028
Email: frcac@mtsu.edu

Current FRCAC Committee Members