Faculty Scholar Medals

Each year a faculty award for excellence in scholarship, research, and the arts honors those who have excelled in creative work and will express the University's gratitude and appreciation for their achievements.

The awards are given in recognition of scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. The contribution may be original basic research in any area of science; it may represent application of knowledge in the creation and/or commercial transfer of a process or device useful to society; the contribution may be in any area of the arts or humanities such as poetry, musical composition, design, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, theatre arts, and photography, history, literature, philosophy, etc.

Faculty Scholar Medals & Nominations Guidelines

Candidates are considered annually in each of the following areas:
  • Arts and humanities
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship, technology transfer and economic development
  • Life and health sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Social and behavioral sciences

The award in each area will consist of a medal and an award payment of $5,000. Area review panels will review nominations.
Each of the six area review panels may or may not recommend a medalist in a given year. 
 

Members of the University as defined for the electorate of the Senate (see "Constitution By-Laws and Standing Rules of the University Faculty Senate") are eligible with the exception of those who have already received the medal, those designated as Evan Pugh Professors and those holding endowed professor and chair positions. The attainment for which the candidate is to be honored shall have occurred or culminated during the five years preceding the nomination for the award. While the primary criterion will be scholarly or creative excellence, the recipients must also be in good standing in other aspects of their professional responsibilities (the Dean or Director should verify during the nomination process).

Annually in Fall semester, the President will invite nominations from peers in the six areas in all academic units in the University. Suitable biographical data must accompany each nomination. Nominations should be submitted by the Dean or in cases where the faculty member’s home is not in a College, by the Director of his or her unit. Nomination dossiers should include: a letter from the Dean or Director endorsing the candidate; and a letter from the Unit Head such as the Department Head where applicable. These letters should provide a detailed description of the achievement that focuses on evidence of the superior scholarly or creative accomplishments occurring or culminating in the past five years. Dossiers should also include (1) nominee’s vita; (2) a representative sample of the achievement: selected articles, sections of books, a visual arts portfolio, recording of performances, etc.; (3) published reviews of the key works, where relevant; and (4) credible outside evaluations from faculty at peer institutions which substantiate the claim of the national or international importance (brief identification notes on the authors of the letters should be furnished). The dossier should be selective: it should be no more than 100 pages long, where sample sections of books are included in item 2, and in some fields, it can be much shorter; no more that 5 or 6 key external evaluations should be provided.
 
The dossier should be provided electronically, preferably as PDF files. Supplementary materials such as books, for example, or an artistic portfolio not easily provided electronically, may also be submitted. If so, one copy should be submitted to be shared with the members of the selection panel and any such supplements are to be submitted at the same time as the nominations packet. Nominations received by the deadline will be assigned to the appropriate area review panel. Each area review panel will review the nomination materials and make one of the following recommendations to the President:
  1.  Name of the selected candidate
  2.  No award if suitable candidates are not available, in the judgment of the area review panel.
 

In the fall of each year the President will appoint six area review panels, one in each of the six main scholarly areas. Each panel will consist of preferably five to seven members. All should be at the Professor rank or have significant academic administrative roles and a majority shall be faculty who are recognized scholars in that area. Insofar as possible, panels should include one or more previous winners of college or university level awards for research or creative achievement. In addition to internal representation, members may be drawn from outside the University.

The awards will be presented annually during the university's Faculty/Staff Awards Recognition ceremony held each spring.

Award Recipients Listed by Area of Scholarship

Faculty and researchers that receive the Faculty Scholars Award provide inspiration for others in their fields who are working to further advance our understanding of the world around us.

Arts and Humanities - Amy Allen, Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Engineering - Joshua Robinson, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Manuel Llinás, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry
Physical Sciences - Chad Hanna, Professor of MathematicsChad Hanna, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics
Social and Behavioral Sciences -Pamela Cole, Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies
Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Economic Development - John Mauro, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
 
 

Arts and Humanities - Marica Tacconi, Professor of Musicology, School of Music
Engineering - Donghai Wang, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Life and Health Sciences Biology Iliana Baums, Professor of Biology
Physical Sciences - Carina Curto, Professor of Mathematics
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Jennie Noll, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
 
 

Arts and Humanities - Christopher Reed, Distinguished Professor of English and Visual Culture
Engineering - Joan Redwing, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering 
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Michael Axtell, Professor of Biology
Physical Sciences - Marcos A. Rigol, Professor of Physics
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Giuli Dussias, Professor of Spanish, Linguistics and Psychology
 
 

Arts and Humanities - Sandra Spanier, Professor of English
Engineering - Qing Wang, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Entrepreneuriship, Technology Transfer and Economic Development - Neil Christensen, Professor of Pathology Microbiology and Immunology
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Bernhard Luscher, Professor of Biology, and Biochemistry and Molecular
Physical Sciences - Fuqing Zhang, Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences - John M. Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

2018 Awardee  Achievement  Details

Arts and Humanities - Sophie C. De Schaepdrijver, Professor of History
Engineering - Adrianus C. Van Duin, Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics
Entrepreneuriship, Technology Transfer and Economic Development - James H. Adair, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Christine Keating, Professor of Chemistry
Physical Sciences - Federico Rodriguez Hertz, Professor of Mathematics
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Joshua Smyth, Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Medicine
 
 

Arts and Humanities - Kim Cook, Professor of Music
Engineering - Mauricio Terrones, Professor of Chemistry
Physical Sciences - Squire Booker, Professor of Chemistry
Social and Behavioral Sciences - S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communications

2016 Awardee  Achievement  Details

Arts and Humanities - Robert Nairn, Professor of Music
Engineering - Qiming Zhang, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Song Tan, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Physical SciencesJohn Badding, Professor of Chemistry
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Robert J. Turrisi, Professor of Biobehavioral Health

2015 Awardee  Achievement Details

Arts and Humanities - Eric Hayot, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies
Engineering
Life and Health Sciences Biology Joan Richtsmeier, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Physical Sciences - Eric Feigelson, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Karl Zimmerer, Professor of Geography

2014 Awardee  Achievement  Details

Arts and Humanities Helen O’Leary, Professor of Art
Engineering -  Tony Jun Huang, Associate Professor of Engineering Sciences and Mechanics
Life and Health Sciences Biology Claude dePamphilis, Professor of Biology
Physical SciencesSusan Brantley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences
Social and Behavioral SciencesJudith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Women’s Studies

2013 Awardee  Achievement Details

Arts and Humanities Michael F. Bérubé, Paterno Family Professor of Literature
Engineering Venkatraman Gopalan, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Eric S. Post, Professor of Biology,
Physical SciencesRaymond E. Schaak, Professor of Chemistry 
Social and Behavioral Sciences -John D. McCarthy, Professor of Sociology

2012 Awardee Achievement Details

Arts and Humanities Patrick Cheney, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Engineering Chunshan Song, Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science and Chemical Engineering
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Stephen Blair Hedges, Professor of Biology
Physical SciencesMartin Bojowald, Associate Professor of Physics
Social and Behavioral SciencesVijay Krishna, distinguished professor of economics

2011 Awardee Achievement Details

Arts and Humanities Thomas O. Beebee, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and German
Engineering - Padma Raghavan, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Edward Holmes, Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar
Physical SciencesPhilip Bevilacqua, Professor of Chemistry
Social and Behavioral Sciences -Alan MacEachren, Professor of Geography

2010 Awardee Achievement Details

Arts and Humanities Velvet M. Brown, Professor of Music
EngineeringClive A. Randall, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Vladmir M. Zatsiorsky, Professor of Kinesiology
Physical Sciences - J. Martin Bollinger, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Social and Behavioral Sciences - D. Wayne Osgood, Professor of Crime, Law, and Justice and Sociology

2009 Awardee Achievement Details

Arts and Humanities - Lisa O. Bontrager, Professor of Music
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Keith C. Cheng, Professor of Pathology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology,
Physical Sciences Nitin Samarth, Professor of Physics
Social and Behavioral Sciences  - Janice C. Light, Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

2008 Awardee Achievement Details

Arts and Humanities Matthew Restall, Professor of Latin American History, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies
Life and Health Sciences Biology - Ottar Bjornstad, Associate Professor of Entomology and Biology
Physical Sciences David S. Weiss, Professor of Physics
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Darrell Steffensmeier, Professor of Sociology and Crime, Law and Justice

2007 Awardee Achievement Details