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DSA Program: Request for Nominations

  • This award program recognizes successful FSU faculty who are several years into their careers and have reached the level of Associate Professor.  This competition is intended to help identify and honor FSU's future academic leaders.
  • Departments are encouraged to nominate only one candidate for this award.  If multiple candidates are nominated, the Chair or Dean will be contacted to rank order (no ties) candidates.  Nominations from "centers" will not be accepted; nominations must be submitted from a faculty member's home department.
  • The one-time award amount of $10,000 is to be used to promote the awardee's program of research and creativity during the academic year subsequent to the award's presentation.
  • Awardees will be recognized at the annual Faculty Awards Program, which is generally scheduled in the late spring.
  • DSA awards may be used for OPS expenses, OCO expenditures, graduate student support (including fringe benefits), and travel.
  • DSA awards do not support faculty salary.
  • Candidates should be at an early point in their mid-academic career.
  • Candidates must have a clearly established program of teaching, research, and creativity over a number of years.
  • Eligibility is limited to tenured Associate Professors who began serving in that position no earlier than August 2016.  Contributions and accomplishments since joining the faculty at FSU should be emphasized in the nomination information.
  • Faculty who previously received the Developing Scholar Award are not eligible for this award.
  • Nomination Deadline: February 8, 2018, 4:59 pm
  • Award Notification: April 2018
  • Award Period: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

NOTE: If you would like your nomination to be reviewed for technical errors, you must submit it seven business days before the program deadline for a pre-review by the CRC Coordinator; the pre-review will ensure that the nomination follows the program guidelines and required documents are incorporated.  Please note the following:

  1. In order for your nomination to count as having been submitted in time for this pre-review, your application must have the "Pending Technical Review" status, which means you have obtained all required Chair and Dean approvals prior to the opening of the seven day window.  Until your nomination has all these approvals, it will not be considered ready for a technical review.
  2. If your pnomination is submitted after the opening of the seven business day window, there is no guarantee that it will be pre-reviewed.  Thus, choosing to submit after the opening of the seven day window leaves you at risk, as any technical errors, no matter how minor they may seem, will render your nomination ineligible.  However, if you meet the seven day pre-review deadline and make the required corrections, as per instructions, by the final program deadline, your nomination will not be rejected on technical grounds.
  3. Your nomination's accuracy is your responsibility, and not that of the CRC.  The CRC will not make corrections, and revisions cannot be accepted after the deadline.

 

  • It is preferred that departments nominate at most one candidate for this award.  Nominations will not be accepted from "centers"; nominations must be submitted from a faculty member's home department.  If a department does choose to nominate multiple candidates, then they must be rank-ordered by the nominating department, with no ties (so that such candidates are ranked by those who have the best knowledge of their work).
  • Candidates should have a strong cumulative record of achievements which must be clearly representative of all aspects of their scholarly career (i.e. teaching, service, and research).
  • There should be evidence of superior teaching, research, and creativity that has begun to earn external recognition.  Examples of these are:
    • Positions on editorial board of leading academic journals
    • Selection for review panels of funding agencies
    • Ability to attract federal and foundation support for research and creative activity
    • Ability to attract graduate students to the University
    • Publications in the leading journals, high quality book presses, museum catalogues, or critical reviews from important venues
    • Artistic performance in leading locations
    • Strong letters of recommendation by clearly distinguished scholars, referees, or art critics.
  • Not to be included among the selection criteria are such factors as sex, race, field of specialization, department, school or college, outside activities, previous accomplishments in other fields or positions, whether or not the candidate is applying for other campus awards (i.e. COFRS, sabbatical), and whether other members from the same department or school have been selected for awards during the year or in the past.
  • Visual Arts candidates: Since exhibitions equate to performances or to published articles in other disciplines, in addition to citations or significant critical reviews and/or inclusion of artworks in museum catalogues, please indicate the hierarchy of exhibitions listed (solo, 1 - 3 person, invitational, juried, etc.).

IMPORTANT: Nominators must initiate the electronic nomination binders on behalf of the nominee.  The only exceptions are for self-nominations.  Once the nomination has been created, additional editors (including the nominee) can be added to assist with uploading the necessary information.

  • Only a PDF version of each document will be accepted.
  • Go to Section I. Nomination Submission Process for instructions on how to apply.
  • Below are the required sub-sections for each candidate:

Letter of Nomination

  • A letter of nomination, addressed to the DSA Review Committee, from an FSU faculty member (who may be the nominee — self-nominations are acceptable) or an FSU administrator addressing the selection criteria (Section E).
  • Departments are encouraged to nominate only one candidate for this award.  If multiple candidates are nominated, the Chair or Dean will be contacted to rank order (no ties) candidates.
  • If someone other than the nominee is the nomination letter author, the author must include his or her CV (2 page maximum).

Internal Letters of Endorsement

  • Internal letters of endorsement, addressed to the DSA Review Committee, are required from the Departmental Chair, Director (if applicable), and the School or College Dean.
  • Submissions will not be accepted without both letters, where applicable.
  • These letters should also include a statement indicating a commitment to provide resources and means to facilitate the candidate's program insofar as possible.  For example, this might include a reduction of teaching load during the following year and/or additional graduate assistance or financial assistance.

External Letters of Endorsement

  • No more than three external letters of recommendation from established senior scholars (at least one of these letters should be from a colleague with a direct relationship to the nominee) are allowed.  Letters for Promotion & Tenure are allowed.  The external letters of recommendation must have been written no earlier than 24 months prior to the application deadline, as verified by the dates that appear on them (which are required).
  • These letters must include a statement on the qualifications of the letter authors, as well as a brief 2-page CV from the letter authors.

Description of Teaching and Research  & Creative Activity

  • A clear, complete, and non-technical description of a systematic program of teaching, research, and creative activity which includes a summary of what has been accomplished during the previous five to six years.

Description of Future Direction

  • A description of future direction, goals, and anticipated accomplishments comprised of the nominee's teaching, research, and creativity program.

Curriculum Vitae

  • The nominee's vitae should be current, concise, and complete.  It should contain reasonable documentation of grants, awards, publications, exhibitions, and performances (i.e. dates, locations, page numbers, co-authorship, publication status).  Indicate with an asterisk (or by some other means) those publications or presentations that were selected through a formal independent referee or competitive process, or that are invitational opportunities tantamount to awards or honors (i.e. invitation to participate in the Paris Biennale).

List of Additional Material

  • A list of additional materials or websites may be submitted that would lend support to the candidate's nomination.  The CRC does not want articles or books submitted, but reserve the right to call for these if needed in determining the final selections.

Examples of successful nomination binders are available on OPD's Successful Proposal Database. Your FSU username and password will be required.

  • Research activities requiring compliance review and approvals (human or animal subjects, DNA, RNA, hazardous materials, or marine lab facilities for example) require the completion and submission of forms to the appropriate FSU department or group.  You must seek and receive approval before such research is attempted and before any funds can be released, if awarded.  See Human Subjects, Animal Care and Use Committee, Environmental Health & Safety, or Research Compliance for other compliance requirements that may apply to your research or performance plan.
  • You may pre-apply for human subjects or animal use approval prior to funding notifications. While not required in advance, having prior approval will prevent delays in receiving grant funds, if awarded.
  • Go to the CRC Submissions Portal.
  • The nominator will need to login using his or her FSU username and password.
  • Start a new nomination binder for your nominee by selecting one of the CRC honorary programs listed under the nominate tab.  Complete all the sections and upload each of the required elements.  (Note:  You will have the ability to submit/save your nomination binder elements and update/edit them until the posted deadline for the program.)
  • Nomination binders with incomplete required fields will not be able to submit until all required fields are completed.
  • Nomination binders received after the deadline will not be processed, and incomplete binders will not be accepted.  Nominators, please revisit your nominee’s binder to make certain it is complete before the deadline.
  • Reviewers will use these review guidelines for scoring the nomination.
  • The CRC will recommend the finalists to the President based on the funding allocated to the program, the number of proposals received, and merit scores of each proposal.
  • Developing Scholar Awards can only be used to support research and creative activity.
  • The Developing Scholar Award does not support faculty salary.
  • This award may be used for OPS expenses, OCO expenditures, graduate student support (including fringe benefits), and travel.
  • The CRC approved the scope of work as submitted with the proposal.  The written approval of the CRC is required prior to implementing any change to the scope of work.  Actions likely to be considered a change of scope include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Change in the goals or specific aims approved at the time of the award
    • Any change from the approved use of animals or human subjects
    • Shifting the emphasis of the research from one area or another
    • Transferring the performance of substantive programmatic work to a third party by contract or any other means.
  • Scope of work violations may result in loss of CRC funding eligibility for multiple years.
  • No cost extensions require the prior approval of the CRC (limit 1 per award).  Any request and justification for a no cost extension should be submitted to the No Cost Extension and Budget Amendment Submission page no less than thirty days prior to the award expiration date.  The CRC will consider your request and will advise you of the outcome electronically.  It is possible that the CRC may need to discuss this request with your department Chair or Dean before rendering a decision.
  • The CRC reserves the right to withdraw remaining funds from a project if unauthorized spending occurs, and may also require misspent funds to be repaid by the PI/Department.
  • Grant account close-out will automatically occur within 60 days following the award period end date.
  • No cost extensions require the prior approval of the CRC.  Any request and justification for a no cost extension should be submitted to the No Cost Extension and Budget Amendment Submission page no less than thirty days prior to the award expiration date.  The CRC will consider your request and will advise you of the outcome electronically.  It is possible that the CRC may need to discuss this request with your department Chair or Dean before rendering a decision.
  • PIs who later find that they have funding from another source for similar or the same support are requested to decline acceptance of this award so that funds can be redirected to provide support for other applicants who would otherwise go unfunded.
  • In the event that a PI leaves the University, involuntarily or voluntarily, prior to the end of the award period, the awardee’s Dean or department Chair has the responsibility of notifying the CRC Program Coordinator and returning the award amount to the CRC.

Contact Us

Grace C. Adkison
Council on Research and Creativity Coordinator

2022 Westcott North Annex
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330
Ph: (850) 645-5751
Fax: (850) 645-0108
gadkison@fsu.edu