The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty and bestows upon the recipient the title “Promising Scholar” for the year following receipt of the award. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium and a plaque to be presented at University Day.
Nominees must meet these criteria to be eligible:
To qualify for the title of “Promising Scholar,” an OSU faculty member must meet at least one of the following two criteria. Under each criterion are examples of evidence that could be used to demonstrate the contribution to be significant.
Nominations shall include: (1) the completed nomination form; (2) the nominee's complete vita and copies of selected evidence of excellence relevant to the nomination; (3) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; and (4) evidence of the candidate's achievements with specific attention to the award criteria for a promising scholar. A total of three letters of support shall provide sufficient information for the evaluation of nominees. Two letters of support shall be written by the unit heads/leaders (e.g., dean, chair, supervisor, director, unit administrator) and a third shall be from a referee who is not associated with the University, but who can comment on the nominee's qualifications with respect to the promising scholar award criteria.
To maintain objectivity in the selection process, the nominator must declare special relationships with the nominee that might create real or apparent bias in the process, including personal as well as professional relationships such as those with former advisees and collaborators. Because the nominator completes the nomination form, the nominator is not eligible to submit a letter of support.
The outside referee must not have had any direct personal and/or professional relationships with the nominee (e.g., former advisors; collaborators on degrees, projects, grants, publications).
Each letter of support shall not exceed three single-sided pages using at least 12 point font and 1" margins. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the three letters, address the award criteria.
Signatures on the letters and supporting documents must be included.The original copy of the nomination form must be submitted to the Faculty Senate Office upon submission of the electronic copy; paper clip the original only – do not staple nor place it in a folder or binder. The nomination packet for the successful recipient becomes the property of University Archives and will not be returned to the nominator.
Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee and a member of the Research Council. Committee recommendations will be made on the basis of the information submitted; the committee does not solicit additional information.