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Regents' Award for Superior Research and Creative/Scholarly Activity

The Regents’ Awards are annual University-funded awards that may be given for one of three categories: Teaching, Research and Creative/Scholarly Activity, or Professional and University Service and Public Outreach. As many as nine awards may be awarded annually, with the understanding the majority of the awards will be given for Superior Teaching.

Each award will consist of affixing the recipient’s name to a permanent plaque in a prominent and suitable location, a one-time award of $10,000, and a framed certificate.

Nominations are due to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost by November 1, 2019 through the Faculty Awards and Honors Packets Dropbox.


 

CRITERIA

A nominee must have contributed significantly to the mission of the department/unit in the award area (teaching, research and creative/scholarly activity, service/outreach) being recognized and must have fulfilled obligations and performed well in the other areas as well.

Eligibility

Nominees must be full-time, regular or non-regular faculty members. The faculty member must have been a University of Oklahoma employee during the period for which the outstanding contributions are being recognized; previous accomplishments at other institutions, if applicable, may be used in support of a continued outstanding performance in the area of the specific award. A recipient of an award in one area (teaching, research and creative/scholarly activity, service/outreach) is ineligible for the same Regents’ Award during the subsequent five-year period, but is immediately eligible for a Regents’ Award in a different area.

Research and Creative/Scholarly Activity

A clear expectation for a research-intensive university is the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and forms of creative activity. The creation of new knowledge derives from scholarly activities that drive innovation, with such activities supported by funding mechanisms appropriate to the discipline. Evidence of the creation of such new knowledge is established through impactful outcomes disseminated in different peer-reviewed formats that include publication of research manuscripts and books, performances and exhibits, and the effective mentorship and graduation of students and/or clinical residents and fellows. The impact of the nominee's research and creative/scholarly activities on the field of study must be substantiated by documentation appropriate to the discipline, and by letters of support from informed leaders in the nominee's field of study. For the Health Sciences Center, attention will be given to the ways in which a nominee may have an impact through team science and interdisciplinary/interprofessional scholarship.    

NOMINATION PROCEDURES

Initiation

The Senior Vice President and Provosts will solicit recommendations for the awards by September 15 of each year and announce appropriate schedules for processing the nominations. Furthermore, the solicitations will be posted on the appropriate campus website, for access by nominators and faculty on all three campuses.

Recommendations

Nominations may derive from department chairs or unit directors, elected members of departmental/unit Committee A, a departments/unit's approved nomination committee, Center leaders, or a group of faculty who are familiar with the nominee's qualifications for the award. Only one nomination by an academic unit or other nominating group of faculty is allowed for each of the Regents’ Awards. The nominating entity will be responsible for assembling the nomination packets including supporting documentation.

Nominations shall be forwarded to the respective dean for review and endorsement. An optional letter from the dean, if included, will focus on evaluatory comments regarding the quality and significance of the nominee's impact on the broader OU mission. The dean's letter will not count towards the 25-page limit outlined below. The dean will forward the nomination materials to the respective Senior Vice President and Provost by November 1.

Supporting Documentation

Nomination packets must include the following, not to exceed 25 pages combined:

  • A letter of nomination, not to exceed three single-spaced pages;
  • A customized vita containing the relevant information pertaining to the accomplishments and criteria cited for the award;
  • A short biography (about 100 words) highlighting the nominee's most significant accomplishments, and written for a general audience.

Although not required, the nomination packet may include letters of support. Letters must specifically address the area of the award. No more than five letters should be included. These letters of support will not count toward the 25-page limit.

The following sequence should be followed. Begin page numbering with the letter of nomination.

  1. Faculty Awards and Honors Cover Page

  2. One-page index that identifies the following materials:

  3. Letter of nomination

  4. A short biography (approximately 100 words)

  5. Curriculum vitae (customized)

  6. Up to five letters of support (optional)

  7. Dean's Letter (optional) 

Any other supporting materials submitted will be removed from the dossier.

Submission

All materials listed above should be submitted as a single combined PDF from the appropriate Dean's Office to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost via the Faculty Awards and Honors Packets Dropbox.

SELECTION PROCEDURES

The University Council on Faculty Awards and Honors shall consider only the formal nominations.  The Council may seek additional data about the nominees from supplemental sources, as appropriate.

The Council shall recommend to the Senior Vice President and Provosts as many as nine faculty members for the awards, with the understanding the majority of the awards will be given for Superior Teaching in the broadest sense as defined by the selection criteria.  The Council also shall transmit all substantiating materials pertaining to all nominees.  The Senior Vice President and Provosts will review the nomination materials and the Council’s recommendations, and will forward their recommendations, along with all substantiating materials, to the President by February 1. The President will make recommendations to the Board of Regents.

The final selection of the recipients will be made by the Board of Regents. 

ANNOUNCEMENT

The final selections will be announced for Norman Campus at the annual Faculty Award Ceremony and for the Health Sciences Center at the Spring General Faculty Meeting. 

PERQUISITES

Each award will consist of affixing the recipient’s name to a permanent plaque in a prominent and suitable location, a one-time award of $10,000, and a framed certificate.

CONTACT

This award is hosted by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. For questions about this award, please contact Grey Allman.