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SIUC Outstanding Scholar Award:
Guidelines and Call for Nominations

Note: The deadline for nominating faculty for the 2006 award has passed.

The Outstanding Scholar Award is part of the University's Excellence Through Commitment Awards Program.


In order to recognize and promote outstanding research and creative endeavors, the Outstanding Scholar Award was conceived in 1985. It is a testament to the contribution of scholarship and artistic activity, which is essential to the life of the University and the goals of Southern at 150: Excellence Through Commitment.

Criteria for Selection

The Outstanding Scholar Award is an exceptional one given only to those who have made outstanding contributions to their discipline and have thus become widely recognized for their achievements by other scholars in the field. The award need not be made annually. The award should not be granted to more than one individual during an academic year.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the award may be made by colleagues, associates, supervisors, or subordinates of the nominee. A detailed statement of the nature and importance of the nominee's research/creative accomplishments should support the nomination. Nominations are due by Monday, October 3, 2005. Send them to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Dean, mailcode 4344, ATTN: Outstanding Scholar Award Committee.

A separate submission of relevant supporting documentation, such as the nominee's curriculum vitae (prepared in the standardized format used for promotion) and a list of scholarly/creative activities and special awards, must be forwarded to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research by Friday, October 28, 2005. Presentations listed should be identified as invited, national, or international. In addition, information should be provided that can be used as ranking criteria for publications. In submitting supporting documentation, each nominator must provide (after consultation with the nominee) a list of six (6) referees external to the University. No SIUC faculty should be included in the list of references for any nominee. The list of referees should include name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), and a short biographical sketch (2-3 paragraphs) for each referee. The nominee's affiliation with each referee should be identified.

Selection Process

The Outstanding Scholar Award Committee is to be composed of an active scholar selected by the Deans' Council, an active scholar selected by the Faculty Senate, and an active scholar selected by the Graduate Council. Three additional members shall be the Outstanding Scholars of the previous three years. The seventh member, the chair, is to be appointed by the Provost and Vice Chancellor. Should one of the eligible, previous Outstanding Scholars not be able to serve, the Graduate Dean will select a like awardee from previous years. This committee will draw up comprehensive procedures and standards to regulate all areas of the selection process. Amendments to the statements set forth in this document should be proposed by the selection committee for consideration by the Provost and Vice Chancellor.


All full-time SIUC faculty and staff members who, at the time of the original nomination, are involved in research or creative activities are eligible for the award. Once nominated, the nominee may remain eligible for consideration for two additional years, if still a member of the SIUC faculty or staff. Renomination will require agreement on the part of the nominee, to be obtained again by the nominator. The supporting documentation may be updated at this time. This award is permanent recognition of outstanding scholarship and is, therefore, awarded only once to an individual.

Nature of Award

The permanent title of Distinguished Scholar, a $7,500 award, a $7,500 account to be used to support professional activities within the next fiscal year, an assigned parking space for one year, an SIUC wristwatch, and a framed certificate are to be granted the winner of the Outstanding Scholar Award. The award is made solely in recognition of creative/scholarly activities; the recipient is not required to render future services to the University as a condition of receiving the award.

Contact person: Sue Wirth, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Dean, 453-4526,

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