Awards & Honors

Nominations for Outstanding Research Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor a single faculty member for making significant advances to knowledge, technique, or creative expression in his/her professional field.

Each department or equivalent academic unit is invited to nominate one candidate for the annual UW-Whitewater Award for Outstanding Research.  Departments with more than 15 FTE faculty positions may nominate up to two candidates.There is also an open call for nominations for the Outstanding Research Award.  These individuals will also need to (a) meet the eligibility criteria and (b) submit the same nomination materials as any department nominees for this award. All nominees will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Chancellor and the Provost. The recipient of the award will:

  • Be introduced at the Spring commencement ceremony,
  • Receive a certificate and a monetary award,
  • Have his/her photograph displayed in the Andersen Library for a year and thereafter in his/her college's hall of fame, and
  • Have his/her name added to a plaque displayed in Andersen Library.


To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Presently be in at least his/her third year at UW-Whitewater, and
  • Not have won the award in the last four years.

Submission of Nomination Materials

A candidate's nomination materials must consist of the following (submitted by March 1):

  1. A letter of nomination from the department, equivalent academic unit, or individual nominating the candidate for this award.
    The letter of support of the applicant should also include the name, address, and phone number of the president of a national research organization in the discipline.  This individual may be asked to comment on the quality of the work listed in the nominee's research (e.g., the stature within the profession or journals in which the nominee published).
  2. The nominee's resume of research activities.
    The resume should be organized according to the outline below.  Items within each category should be listed in reverse chronological order (i.e., most recent work listed first).  Activities in progress or results not yet accepted for presentation or publication should be excluded.
    • Bibliography of professional publications. (Attach photocopies of title pages of publications and evidence if publications were refereed).
    • Dates, places, and descriptions of professional exhibits and performances. (Attach evidence if exhibits or performances were juried).
    • Author(s), titles, meetings, and dates of papers presented at professional meetings.
    • Principal investigator(s), project titles, funding sources, amounts funded, and project periods for grants received.
    • Other evidence or previous recognition of research including fellowships, honors, and awards (provide the year of each).
  3. Letters of recommendation from two respected scholars.
    Scholars from on or off campus writing letters of recommendation should:
    • Include a paragraph outlining their own position in the field,
    • Discuss the impact of the nominee's research or artistic work in the field, and
    • Limit their letters to a maximum of three pages.
  4. A completed Recognition Reception Nominee Information Form (completed and submitted digitally by March 1) that includes:
    • Information about the nominee and the award under consideration,
    • A one-paragraph narrative describing the merits of the nominee for this award (max. 200 words), and
    • The name and contact information of the presenter for this nominee.

Materials for all nominees must be received by the Associate Vice Chancellor's Office by March 1.  If materials are missing, an individual's nomination for this award will not be considered. 

Selection Process and Criteria

In selecting the recipient of the award, the Dean's Council will give special consideration to research produced within the past five years.  Further, refereed publications and/or juried exhibits and performances are given greater weight than other evidence of research.  Research, as defined in the Faculty Personnel Rules, is "creative activity evidenced by contributions to the knowledge, works, techniques, or principles, or by demonstrations of one's mastery of the techniques or principles of one's discipline, in media appropriate to it, which are or were available to critical evaluation by one's peers within the discipline."