Research and Creative Activity Distinguished Awards

Important Dates for 2021/2022

Start: January 15, 2022
Deadline: March 15, 2022 by 4:30pm - OPEN
Distinguished Research Award - The nomination form must be submitted to Jamie.Burriss@mtsu.edu by 4:30pm on 3/15/2022.
Start: January 15, 2022 
Deadline: March 15, 2022 by 4:30pm - OPEN
Distinguished Creative Activity Award - The nomination form must be submitted to Jamie.Burriss@mtsu.edu by 4:30pm on 3/15/2022.

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.

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 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. Nomination Form - filled electronically.
  2. The form provides space for a short statement from the sponsors where they would summarize the nominee's research and contributions.  
  3. After the March 15th deadline, the MT-IGO administration will inform the nominee of their nomination. Once the nominee accepts the nomination, the sponsors will be notified for further action.
    1. The sponsors must arrange for a minimum of 2 reference letters be sent directly to MTIGO@mtsu.edu before the April 1st deadline.  Please note that MT-IGO will not solicit letters of references on behalf of the nominees or the sponsors. 
    2. The support letters must be typed on official letter head and scanned to PDF format before they are sent to by email to MTIGO@mtsu.edu
    3. 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 they must not have worked with the nominee on the project for which the nomination has been made.
  4. The sponsors or the nominee must submit the following minimum requirements for the MT-IGO committee to judge their candidacy before the April 1st deadline:
    1. Nominee's Vitae - PDF preferred. 
    2. No more than three representative pieces of work (video, written materials, scores, etc.) - email files  to MTIGO@mtsu.edu.  Documents and other types of media suitable for online sharing will be circulated among the MT-IGO committee through a shared-drive.  Other materials that are not compatible for online sharing will be stored in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for committee review.
    3. A short biography on the nominee:

The materials presented will be reviewed and the winner(s) will be determined by the 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 award will be announced at the Annual Fall Faculty Meeting.

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

Current and Past Recipients of the Distinguished Research Award

 

Year Recipient
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.

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 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

The official nomination form must be completed and included. Nominations must be submitted by two faculty members within the discipline or closely allied fields. Please note that each faculty member may recommend no more than one nominee for the year. 

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 - Click here.  The form provides space for a short statement from the sponsors where they would summarize the nominee's creative contributions.  
  2. The MT-IGO administration will inform the nominee wthe nominee of their nomination. Once the nominee accepts the nomination, the sponsors will be notified for further action.
    1. The sponsors must arrange for a minimum of 2 reference letters be sent directly to MTIGO@mtsu.edu before the April 1st deadline.  Please note that MT-IGO will not solicit the referees for letters of support.  
    2. The support letters must be typed on official letter head and scanned to PDF format.  The reference letters must emailed to MTIGO@mtsu.edu
    3. Restrictions on who can be a reference for the nominee - 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 creative activity for which the nomination has been made.
  3. The sponsors or the nominee must submit the following minimum requirements for the MT-IGO committee to judge their candidacy before the April 1st deadline:
    1. Nominee's Vitae - PDF preferred. 
    2. No more than three representative pieces of work (video, written materials, scores, etc.) - email MTIGO@mtsu.edu to know how to send the pieces of work for review. Documents and other types of media suitable for online sharing will be circulated among the MT-IGO committee through a shared-drive.  Other materials that are not compatible for online sharing will be stored in the Office of Research for committee review.  
    3. A short biography on the nominee:

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

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

Current and Past Recipients of the Distinguished Creative Activities Award 

 

Year Recipient(s)
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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