Office of the Chancellor accepting nominations for University Scholarly Achievement Award

Saturday, September 17, 2016

LAWRENCE — The Office of the Chancellor is now accepting nominations for the annual University Scholarly Achievement Award, which recognizes four outstanding University of Kansas researchers who are changing the world through research and scholarship.

Each year, the university presents the University Scholarly Achievement Award to four mid-career faculty members for their significant scholarly or research contribution — an exhibition, performance, composition, article, book, or major collaborative project — or a series of closely related contributions. Winners are celebrated with a public ceremony at The Commons in Spooner Hall in the spring.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Nov. 18.

“The University Scholarly Achievement Award is a marquee award for our university and a great way for us to recognize standout KU researchers,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Winners of this award fully embrace our mission to make discoveries that change the world and, as such, are role models for their colleagues across the university. I encourage all faculty and staff to take a moment to consider nominating exceptional faculty for this year's award."

Details about the nomination process are listed below and on the University Scholarly Achievement Award webpage. A list of past winners is also available online.

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by a panel of eight individuals, two each from the following areas:

  • Arts and Humanities (School of the Arts, Humanities, Architecture, Design & Planning, Music)
  • Science, Technology and Mathematics (Math, Natural Sciences, Engineering)
  • Clinical Science (KU Medical Center and School of Pharmacy)
  • Social Science and Professional Programs (Social Sciences, Social Welfare, Education, Journalism, Law, Business)

Members of the selection panel are appointed by the chancellor. The panel may recommend as many as four awards each year in any of the above areas, depending on the number of meritorious nominations. 


These contributions will be evaluated using the criteria below. The contribution:

  • Advances the field of scholarship
  • Exhibits novelty and originality
  • Promotes scholarly and research activity at KU
  • Enhances the university’s national and international reputation


To be eligible for consideration, the faculty member must hold the rank of associate professor or full professor; be within 10 years of appointment as an associate professor; must have completed three years at KU; and must not have received a prior major KU award for this body of work.

Nomination Process

Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others. A complete nomination should be sent by Nov. 18 and must include:

  • Documentation of the scholarly or research contribution as appropriate for the discipline
  • A letter of nomination of no more than 750 words explaining in terms comprehensible to an educated layperson how the contribution meets the award criteria
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Two reference letters — at least one from outside KU — from individuals who are qualified to comment on the merits of the scholarly contribution, to be sent to the address below, arriving by Dec. 16

Nominations and reference letters should be sent to: Office of the Chancellor, 1450 Jayhawk Boulevard, Room 230 Strong Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045, ATTN: Scholarly Achievement Award Committee; or sent electronically to with “Scholarly Achievement Award” in the subject line.

Nominations that were not successful last year may be re-submitted, if the nominee continues to meet the award criteria.


  • Sept. 19 — solicitation of nominations began
  • Nov. 18 — deadline for submission of nominations
  • Dec. 16 —  deadline for submission of letters of support
  • Jan. 20, 2017 —  nominations and letters of support provided to panel members
  • March 1, 2017 — panel conveys its recommendations to the chancellor
  • Early April — public announcement and awards ceremony