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IU Kokomo Research and Creative Activity Award Guidelines

The purpose of the Indiana University Kokomo Faculty Research Award is to annually recognize outstanding researchers / scholars on this campus. The award winner receives a stipend of $3,000.

Evaluation Rubric

Award Criteria

  • Both tenured and tenure-track faculty members at Indiana University Kokomo are eligible for this award.
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellence in research/scholarly activities over a period of no more than five years prior to applying for this award.
  • An applicant’s research/scholarly record must show progress towards becoming an established researcher/scholar in his/her field of study. Only work performed while employed at Indiana University Kokomo will be considered for this award.
  • A successful recipient can re-apply for the award after a period of five years. When this occurs, the Research Awards Selection Committee (see below) will focus primarily on the applicant’s research/scholarly accomplishments since his / her last award.

Application Guidelines

All applicants for the Indiana University Kokomo Faculty Research Award must submit the following:

1. A reflective statement about their research/scholarly accomplishments as well as future research/scholarly goals.

2. The reflective statement must also include both quantitative metrics (e.g. number of publications, number of poster/ paper presentations at conferences, amount of external funding received, number of students supervised during research/scholarly projects, number of other research awards received, etc.) and qualitative metrics (e.g., publications in recognized journals, funding for book projects or research studies from major publishers or organizations, noteworthy research/ scholarly accomplishments, etc.).

3. A dossier/portfolio with copies of articles published, books published (or a few pages from books), conference posters/papers, etc.

4. A curriculum vitae which includes all publications, presentations, funding, fellowships, etc.

5. A letter of support from the appropriate Dean/Chair. This letter should clarify the unit’s standards for excellence in research or creative work, and explain how the applicant’s performance relates to the norms in his or her field of research or creative activity (e.g. norms on the number of co-authors in a publication, publication and presentation quality, grant or funding size, etc.).

The application deadline is October 15th. Starting in 2017, applications shall be submitted to Marsha McKinley as a PDF.

Faculty Research Award Selection Committee

The Faculty Research Award Selection Committee is an administrative committee appointed by the office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Faculty Research Award Selection Committee is tasked with applying the established criteria and procedures for the award to make a recommendation to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs as to who should receive the award.

The committee shall have at least five members. Faculty who win the award serve a three-year term upon the committee, and they can continue to be appointed to serve on the committee after this term expires. Academic Affairs will use its discretion to appoint additional members to the Selection Committee to ensure a diversity of opinions, disciplines, and gender. Appointed members should be actively involved in research or creative work, and should have tenure or a substantial record of research accomplishments. During their term of service on the selection committee, members may not apply for research awards. Academic Affairs will strive to have at least three former winners on the committee.

The Faculty Research Award Selection Committee will select a chair each year, who will serve for a one-year term. The Chair of the Committee will review the applications received and contact the applicants in case any relevant information is missing.

Protocol for Research Award Submission/Selection

  1. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in research/scholarly activities over a period of no more than five years prior to applying for this award.
  2. The selection committee may decide not to award the award in a particular year if it deems that that there is no candidate with sufficient accomplishments.
  1. The evaluation rubric will serve as a guide for each member of the selection committee in evaluating portfolios submitted for the award. 
  2. The selection committee, with the chair serving as facilitator, should seek to deliberate and arrive at a consensus on who should receive the award. The selection committee should seek to avoid a selection process that merely involves adding scores.  
  3. The selection committee shall submit a letter to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of each applicant and making a recommendation of who should receive the award.
  4. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs uses this information to choose a winner and communicates directly to the winner and all other applicants.
  5. The members of the selection committee, including its chair, does not communicate directly to the winner or other applicants. If applicants have questions they should communicate with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, not to the individual members of the Award Committee.    
  6. The deliberations of the selection committee should be considered confidential by members of the committee in order to protect the integrity of the selection process.

Future Changes to the Award
If the Faculty Research Award Selection Committee wishes to make changes to the award criteria or procedures, they should make such recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. 

Additional questions about the Indiana University Kokomo Faculty Research Award should be directed to the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. 

Last updated: 10/12/2016