Academic Affairs

Outstanding Research Award

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater honors a faculty member each year for making significant advances to knowledge, technique, or creative expression in his/her professional field. All nominees will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Chancellor and the Provost. The recipient of the award will:

  1. Receive a framed certificate and a monetary award,
  2. Have his/her photograph displayed in the Andersen Library for one year, and
  3. Receive recognition at the Chancellor's welcoming speech for the Fall semester.


To be eligible, nominees must:

  1. Presently be in at least his/her third year in a faculty position at UW-Whitewater, and
  2. Not be a previous winner of the Outstanding Research Award.

Submission of Nomination Materials

Each college nominates one candidate for the award. Nominations must be submitted by the College Dean’s Office.

A candidate's nomination materials must be submitted by the College Dean’s Office by March 2, 2020 to Dr. Joan Littlefield Cook, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Each nomination must include all the following:

1. 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 not be included.

  1. Bibliography of professional publications. (Attach photocopies of title pages of publications, and show evidence if publications were refereed)
  2. Dates, places, and descriptions of professional exhibits and performances. (Attach evidence if exhibits or performances were juried)
  3. Author(s), titles, meetings, and dates of papers presented at professional meetings
  4. Principal investigator(s), project titles, funding sources, amounts funded, and project periods for grants received
  5. Other evidence or previous recognition of research including fellowships, honors, and awards (provide the year of each)

2. Letters of recommendation from two respected scholars.
    Scholars from on or off campus writing letters of recommendation should:

  1. Include a paragraph outlining their own position in the field,
  2. Discuss the impact of the nominee's research or artistic work in the field, and
  3. Limit their letters to a maximum of three pages.

3. A completed Faculty and Academic Staff Nominee Submission Form  submitted by March 2 that includes:

  1. Information about the nominee and the award under consideration, and
  2. A one-paragraph biography of the nominee for inclusion in the award program (150 word maximum).

If materials are missing, an individual's nomination for this award will not be considered. Materials submitted that are not requested above will not be considered.

Selection Process and Criteria

The Deans Council selects the award recipient. In selecting the recipient, the Council will give greater weight to refereed publications and/or juried exhibits and performances than to other evidence of research produced, particularly those published/taking place within the past five years.  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."


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