Award for Distinguished Scholarship

The Plymouth State University Award for Distinguished Scholarship is presented annually to a member of the faculty whose body of creative and scholarly works is recognized for its rigor, originality, and expressiveness. The award is consonant with Plymouth State University’s motto—Ut Prosim (that I may serve)—for it acknowledges dedication to the creation and dissemination of intellectual/aesthetic products whose influence is felt both within and beyond the Plymouth State community. The award recognizes that scholarly pursuits support and enrich the faculty’s commitment to excellence in honoring our educational mission and values.

Criteria for the Award

This award is designed to recognize and honor a member of the Plymouth State University faculty who demonstrates exceptional research, creativity or scholarly work. Important factors include quality, originality, the impact on one’s field, reputation of the scholar and his/her scholarly works, and the ability to generate and successfully disseminate the scholarly or creative works.

The successful candidate will demonstrate and document the following:

  • Scholarly work that has received positive external acceptance and/or peer review regionally, nationally and/or internationally, such as published or professionally accepted works, books/chapters and/or other artistic forms.
  • Work of high quality, sustained over time, including recent work (within approximately five years) that enhances academic recognition for PSU.


Voting members of the faculty with five or more years of service at PSU. Faculty may self-nominate.
(There is no limit on the number of times an individual may receive this award. However after receiving the award, there will be a five year waiting period for future eligibility).
The following people are currently ineligible: Jonathan Santore, Christopher Chabot, Robin DeRosa, Mark Greene, and Len Reitsma.

Selection Process/Nominations

Nominations will be solicited from all constituencies of the campus community.
Nominations must be submitted electronically by 5pm on Friday, February 26, 2016 using this link:

Award for Distinguished Scholarship Nomination Form 2016

  • Nominees will be contacted via email and asked to submit a 3 page (max) CV that includes the most pertinent scholarship activities only.
  • The committee will choose approximately three finalists* who will be asked to provide the following further materials:
    • Expanded CV
    • Statement of scholarly activity written by the nominee (maximum of 500 words)
    • Other materials of support for the nomination such as external reference letters, publications, or other appropriate documentation (e.g., photos, recordings)
  • The two finalists not selected will automatically, with their permission, be considered for the following year’s award without resubmission of finalist materials.

The Award for Distinguished Scholarship is presented annually during University Day.

We value our exemplary faculty and are happy and proud to have the opportunity to publicly celebrate their excellence.

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