Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

The Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award Committee is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

Nature of Award:

  • Up to three awards may be made each year.
  • Each recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award will receive a recognition plaque and an honorarium of $2,000 that becomes part of the recipient’s base salary.
  • Award winners will be notified after May 1.
  • Each recipient will be invited to present a lecture, exhibition, or performance for the University community. These will typically be scheduled for the Fall Semester in which the Awards are announced.


  • All current, continuing Board-appointed persons with faculty rank are eligible, including part-time as well as full-time faculty.
  • Nominees must have at least seven academic years of service at Western Michigan University prior to nomination for the Award.
  • No individual may receive the Award more than once.

Selection Criteria:

  • The awards will be based on outstanding professional achievements.
  • The achievements may be artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, scientific, or technical and must constitute significant contributions to understanding and portraying the human condition and/or the natural world.
  • Wide recognition by the academic community beyond Western Michigan University is essential.
  • The Award will usually be based on a body of achievement rather than a particular piece of research, creative work, or other achievements.
  • A substantial part of the achievement shall have been accomplished as a faculty member of Western Michigan University.

Nomination Procedure:

Nominations may be made by any member of the University community including retired faculty members. Faculty may wish to nominate a colleague or colleagues. Self-nomination is also acceptable. All nominations must be supported by at least two sponsors, at least one of whom must be from within the University.

Return the following list of materials to the Chair of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award Selection Committee, Dr. Ernst Breisach, Department of History, Main Office, Friedmann Hall, Fourth Floor, no later than January 30, 2015.

  • Nomination form
  • Two sponsoring letters (the candidate cannot be considered a sponsor)
  • A minimum of three additional letters of recommendation from outside of the University addressing the nominee’s professional achievements.
  • An updated resume patterned and structured exactly as suggested in the “List of Required Information
  • List of Required Information
  • Reflections by nominees on their developments as scholars or creative artists. This free form piece of writing will inform the Committee on the course of the nominee’s creative career. Nominees should, within the limits of possibility, try to create a narrative that can be understood by intelligent and inquisitive people.
    • Suggested topics for the narratives are:the selection by the nominees of their field of creative work and reasons for it,
    • the particular problems or issues that attracted them,
    • the contributions they think they have made in solving problems and
    • settling issues in their chosen field(s) with references to the works they have listed
    • the future direction of their research
    • did they consider one of their works as their major one (explain);
    • did they gain deeper insights into the human or natural world in general.
  • Other Documentation: For the convenience of the nominee, an attachment may be added that the nominee wish the Committee to know but has not been requested.
  • Sample of Works: Provide a sufficiently representative sample of works to the Selection Committee.
    • The samples of the nominee’s works should be delivered to Waldo Library, Main Office, c/o Regina Buckner, Director of Library Operational Services no later than January 30, 2015. In the case of works being exceptionally awkward or unsuitable for such a transfer, please contact the Chair of the Committee for alternate possibilities.

  • Previous Nominations not Awarded Applications will remain on file but need to be updated before being considered again.
  • List of Recipients
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