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Agenda Item FA 17-36

Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Distinguished Professor Award Revision

05/11/17: Passed

05/17/17: Approved


Faculty Association
Distinguished Professor Award
(Changes are in italics and bold of underline or strikethrough with yellow highlighted.)

Strikethrough Vita’s and Replaced with Statement 
for the Distinguished Professor Award



Distinguished Professor Award


The Distinguished Professor Award is presented annually to a University of North Florida faculty member who has a balanced record of distinction at UNF in all three areas of teaching, scholarship, and service

The award includes an honorarium of $6,000, which will be distributed by electronic transfer, a commemorative plaque, the listing of the recipient's name on a permanent University plaque. The Winner and the Runner-up Awards will be presented at the Fall Convocation and electronic transfer made near that date. The award winner will be invited to deliver the Fall Academic Convocation address. This award is made possible through unrestricted gifts to the UNF Foundation, Inc. The Foundation reserves the right to not provide the monetary award to any winner who is not a UNF employee at the time if the Fall convocation, when the award is made.

Friday, January (TBD), 2017 at 5:00 PM

Ordinarily, this award has gone to a full professor. However, any regular, full-time member of the UNF faculty, who holds the rank of full or associate professor, is eligible for the award except for past recipients of the award and persons serving on the Screening Committee.

Any person within the University community (students, alumni, faculty, staff, or administration) may nominate a faculty member for the award. Nominations must be in writing and signed by the nominator, sent via Email to , or posted through the website at . Written nominations are to be delivered, preferably by hand, to the Faculty Association Office. The deadline for receipt of all nominations is Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that his/her nomination is delivered prior to the deadline. The nomination should consist simply of the statement, "I wish to nominate____________, department of ___________________ for the Distinguished Professor Award," an argument on behalf of, or a rationale for, the candidacy of the nominee is not needed. The Faculty Association President shall confirm the eligibility of each nominee and send a letter of confirmation of the nomination to each eligible nominee and his/her chair, after the close of nominations. 
If you are nominated, please do not forward any application materials to the Faculty Association office until you receive a letter from the Faculty Association President confirming your eligibility.

Nominee Applications
Each eligible nominee must submit a vita of not more than 10 pages, which includes a representative listing of teaching, scholarship, and service activities. In addition, each nominee is asked to submit a six-page summary and discussion of what he/she feels is his/her most significant teaching and curriculum efforts, accomplishments in research, and professionally related service activities (a maximum of two pages for each of the three areas of teaching, research, and service). A signed statement by the faculty member attesting to the accuracy of the information (see attached form, "Statement of Accuracy") must also be included in the packet. There shall be no more than a total of 18 pages in the packet. Standard margins and a font size not smaller than 11 points are required. 
The nominees have two weeks from the date of notification to email all required application materials to the Faculty Association email address: Nominees must consolidate all of their application materials into ONE PDF file, which must be attached to your email. We will also need a second file (Word format ONLY) consisting of a one-page summary statementof your vita. This one-page summary will be published in the Faculty Association April agenda if you are one the two finalists for this award.

The application materials should consist only of the following items, arranged in the order indicated below:  

1. The signed statement of accuracy
2. The vita (not more than ten pages) 
3. Summary and discussion of achievements
4. A one-page summary statement vita (submitted separately)

Nominees who submit materials that do not meet these guidelines, or who fail to submit all materials the Faculty Association Email Address ( by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, will not be considered further.

Screening Process

The Screening Committee will consist of one elected representative from each of the five colleges, the current President of the Faculty Association, plus five recipients of the Distinguished Professor Award with these recipients selected in reverse chronological order. The Faculty Association President shall replace by appointment any member of the Screening Committee who cannot participate fully in the selection of the two finalists; any such replacement shall be selected from the constituency represented by that member. The Faculty Association President shall convene the Committee, which will elect its own Chairperson.

The Committee will choose two nominees as finalists. The Committee shall make this choice solely on the basis of the nominees' merits, and without consideration for other factors such as departmental affiliation or professional rank of present nominees or past award winners. In unanticipated situations when a Screening Committee member has read all nominees' vitae but cannot attend the meeting when finalists are selected, that member may vote absentee only on a preliminary straw ballot.

After the Screening Committee selects two nominees as finalists, each member shall immediately vote by secret ballot for one person to actually receive the Award. The Committee Chairperson shall collect the ballots. The votes will remain sealed and uncounted until after the election by members of the Faculty Association. If no tie exists in the Faculty Association election, the Screening Committee votes shall be destroyed without being counted. If a tie exists, the Screening Committee votes shall be tallied to determine the Award recipient. In such an event, the actual count of the Screening Committee shall not be divulged unless so requested by the finalist who was selected for the Award.

The Committee does have the prerogative not to recommend anyone for the award if, in the members' judgment, the nominee pool does not contain an individual whose accomplishments merit the designation of Distinguished Professor.



In the April Faculty Association agenda, the Faculty Association Office will publish the one-page summary of the two final nominees’vitasummary statements. Final choice of the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award, from the two nominees put forward by the Screening Committee, will be by a vote of the members of the Faculty Association at the annual meeting in April. Voting shall take place over a two day period. The President of the Faculty Association will notify by letter both the winner and the runner-up for the Distinguished Professor Award. The runner-up award, consisting of $3000. will be given to the nominee receiving the fewer votes.






Faculty Association

Statement of Accuracy



I, ___________________________________(applicant's name), confirm my submitted application meet the above listed requirements. I understand if my application does not meet the above requirements, it will not be reviewed. I also hereby attest to the accuracy of the information contained in this application.

Full Name: _________________________________________

           N#: _______________________________________  

 Title:   _________________________________________________________________

Department: ____________________________________________________________

Date: _________________________________________________

Signature: _________________________________________________________ 








Update on 5/5/2016 for the clarification of timing for the honorarium distribution and language by the Faculty Affairs Committee.
Update on 9/24/2012 for the fund amount from $5,000 to $6,000 for DP winner and the $2,500 to $3000 to DP runner
Update on 2/2/2012 for the guidelines clarification
Update on 11/21/2011 for the Blackboard purpose
FA 07-04: February 1, 2007
FA 00-21: May 11, 2000
FA 98-44: November 5, 1998
FA 97-24: October 9, 1997