General Background:

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities recognize the consistently outstanding scholarly and creative activities of our faculty. Evidence of sound scholarship and creative productivity can be demonstrated through a variety of avenues, including grants, release time, honors, etc. Scholarship and creative activity (in the Fine and Performing Arts) are foundational to the sustenance and ongoing intellectual growth of institutions of higher learning. The University expects - indeed requires -- faculty at all levels to engage actively in scholarly and creative pursuit in addition to teaching. With the establishment of this Award, SUNY recognizes those among its faculty ranks who consistently engage in and have established a solid record of scholarship and creative productivity in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Stony Brook has been allocated three such Chancellor’s Awards per cycle, on the basis of its student enrollments.


Eligibility: Faculty members must be full-time, tenured, or tenured track. They may hold any academic rank. However, they must have completed at least three years of full-time service on the home campus prior to the year of nomination. Recipients may not be re-nominated for the award. Posthumous nominations are also ineligible.

Selection Criteria: Nominees for the award should be individuals who have distinguished themselves:

in scholarship by having an excellent, sustained record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals, and/or research monographs, and/or research-oriented texts; shown evidence of participation in national and/or international conferences, presentation of papers published in conference proceedings and/or digests, patents awarded, grants secured, and citation of work by individuals or groups other than the nominee's collaborators;

in creative productivity by having shown evidence of excellence in any other type of creative or scholarly activity appropriate for the specific unit or discipline, such as exhibitions, shows, performances, productions, and stage work; shown evidence of critical reviews, grants, inclusion of works in permanent collections, retrospectives, and other forms of external recognition and acclaim.

Format of Nominations and the Selection Process

Candidates can not apply for these awards. Instead, nominations for the awards should emanate from a broad representation of the campus community – faculty, students, and staff. A Selection Committee comprising the chair of the University Senate (or designee), faculty members, students, and one ex-officio representative of the President is appointed (with the exception of the President’s rep) by the local governance structure (University Senate) with the concurrence of the campus President. The primary evaluation of nominee’s qualifications is the responsibility of the campus. External peer evaluations (including those from impartial referees from the nominee’s discipline) are to be included in the nominating process, and such evaluations are to be given considerable weight. The Selection Committee shall forward to the President no more than the number of nominations allocated by SUNY to the campus (three). Nominations endorsed by the President shall be forwarded to the Director of Faculty Awards and Development, Office of Academic Affairs, System Administration. After review, a report will be sent to the Chancellor in the form of recommendations for award.

In order that each candidate be judged on his or her merits and not on the attractiveness or deficiencies of the file, it is strongly suggested that the following format be closely adhered to, and that administrative help be solicited for any uncertainties before constructing the dossier. It is also recommended that either the nominator or chairperson of the nominee’s department supervise the nomination process and that the nominee be as little involved as possible.

In addition to any exhibits demonstrating excellence cited previously, each support file shall include:

A) Vita Statement --- An up-to-date and moderately detailed vita statement containing full information on the nominee’s professional career. Specific data should include date of appointment to the SUNY system, areas of specialization, professional and scholarly publications, honors, and campus and SUNY service.
B) Summary Presentation --- It is required that the Summary Presentation addresses specifically how the candidate excels in each of the award's selection criteria, and that it provides a listing of the candidate's most outstanding qualifications and major achievements. The Summary Presentation is limited to a maximum of five pages, not counting the cover sheet and must be submitted electronically and in hard copy. The summary presentation will be submitted to SUNY after the local committee makes its recommendations to the President.
C) Supporting Statements --- Letters of recommendation from the nominee’s supervisors and colleagues, and constituents, if appropriate. Statements should address the nominee’s most outstanding qualifications and specific major achievements, with reference to the criteria for these awards. No more than 15 statements can be submitted.

Deadline –November 13,2003

Please send the complete Nomination Form, and complete, original Nomination File, plus 10 stapled copies, to:

Selection Committee,
Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities,
Administration Building, Room 407

Please Note: Guidelines are subject to change by SUNY System Administration. We are distributing this advance announcement to allow sufficient time to prepare the file.


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