Objective of the Award:
The award intends to acknowledge scholars in the early stages of their professional lives. The award is designed to recognize a colleague who has earned distinction for herself/himself and for King’s University College as a result of the outstanding characteristics and significance of their research.
Criteria for the Award:
Faculty members are eligible if hired at King's as a full-time member at the Assistant Professor level. In addition, they must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- have completed their highest degree no more than seven years before the annual competition deadline (only the date of completion of the first doctorate); or
- have held a tenured or tenure-track post-secondary appointment for less than seven years; or
- have held a post-secondary appointment, but never a tenure-track position (in the case of institutions that offer tenure-track positions); or
- have had their careers significantly interrupted or delayed for health or family reasons within the past seven years.
The following criteria will structure the committee’s definition of Excellence:
- Quality of scholarly production as measured by peer-reviewed publications, or its impact on policy etc.
- National and/or International recognition of the research
- The influence and the impact of the research upon the field and related scholarship
- The innovation and originality of the research
- The impact of the work on the discipline I relation to the stage of the researcher’s career
- Demonstration of exceptional promise for early career researchers
- Sustained production of research
- Dissemination and communication of research productivity through conferences and workshops
- Mentorship and leadership in research excellence
- Recognition of Research Excellence through external funding received from Tri-Council and other funding agencies
- Participation in national and international research networks and collaboration.
The Successful Nominee
- Must be outstanding in research and scholarship
- Must provide clear evidence of outstanding achievement in research and scholarship
Nomination Process and Deadline:
Each nomination package must be submitted by February 26th and include:
- A one-page letter of nomination signed by the nominator and including a minimum of two additional signatures of other supporters, and including the rationale of why the nominee merits this award
- Any other relevant documentation which provides direct evidence I support of the nomination beyond documentation require from the nominee
- Upon receipt of the nomination packages, the Chair of FRAC will contact nominees to congratulate them on being nominated for an award and confirm with each nominee that she/he accepts the nomination. If the nominee accepts the nomination, the nominee will provide to the Chair of the Award Committee:
- A cover letter (maximum 3-page letter) outlining outstanding achievements and evidence of excellence in research and scholarship with reference to the criteria
- One external reviewer’s letter of support
- Any evidence that demonstrates research, creativity or scholarship excellence.
Please submit nomination packages to Kathy.Mitchell@Kings.uwo.ca